Jaigad Fort, also known as the Fort of Victory, is a 16th-century fort that extends over an area of 13 acres in the coastal region of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. Located near Jaigad Village and approximately 20 kms to the north-west of Ganpatipule, the remains of the fort stand steady on a cliff overlooking the Jaigad creek where River Shastri enters the vast and mesmerising Arabian Sea. Jaigad Fort is an engineering marvel for the purpose it was built. A glance at the magnificent structure before you enter will surely amaze you. A visit to the Jaigad lighthouse which was built in close vicinity to the Jaigad fort is a must.
Jaigad Fort is considered as one of the chief ports on the Western Coast of India. It is also said that the mighty fort was built along with another fort named the Vijaygad Fort in order to protect the creek; with the Vijaygad Fort to the North and the Jaigad Fort to the South of the creek. The intelligence and brilliant planning put together in the era the Jaigad Fort was built in is commendable considering the limited availability of resources they had. Now, the fort comes under the Archaeological Survey of India and most of the ruins are studied by them.
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