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Sajjangad Fort, Satara Overview

The Sajjangad fort is located in the mountainous terrain of the Western Ghats. Being best known as a pilgrimage site, it is one of the protected monuments in West India. This beautiful fort is situated at about 16 kms from the city of Satara. The fort served as a defensive as well as residential construction until it became a monument till date.

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Sajjangad Fort - Timings and Entry Fee

The fort is opened for the visitors from 5:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM. The prayers start early in the morning that is followed by Abhishek and Puja. In the evening, Maha Naivedya, Bhajans and reading of manuscripts of Sant Ramdas also takes place. 

Entry Fee
The entry fee is INR 10 for tourists from India and locals. The entry fees for foreigners is INR 80.

About Sajjangad Fort

Erected at an elevation of 914 metres the fort has two main gates. The fort covers a vast area of the hill. Being constructed majorly by stone, it comprises of a set of 100 stairs to reach the main door. The sightseeing at this fort also includes few lakes, a temple devoted to Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman, another temple dedicated to Anglai Devi. There is also a Math and a Tomb of Swami Samartha Ramdas. The tomb is very amicable and quiet, helping the devotees to practice meditation.

The fort consists of many small lakes including the Godade Lake which was built to provide water to horses and for other domestic animals. There is a Mandir built where, objects which Shivaji used during his time, have been assembled. There is also a trust run under the name of Swami Samartha Ramdas, which offers food to the devotees free of cost in the afternoon of every day. Recently there was a construction of Bhaktiniwas for the devotees to stay free of cost and have a spiritual experience. The place is most visited on the day of Shiv Jayanti. Private vehicle, as well as Public transport, can be opted to reach the base of the fort.

History of Sajjangad Fort

Sajjangad Fort was built by the Bahamani Emperors between 13th and 15th century AD. The fort is also known as Asvalayana Rishi’, named after the Rishi who used to live there for an abundant period. It was also called ‘Aswalya gad’ because of the number of bears strolling around. The name of the fort means ‘Fort of good people’. This particular fort is also known as the spiritual centre of King Shivaji. The popularity of the place can be traced back to its history. It has sheltered and served many rulers. The Bahmani Kingdoms constructed the fort between (1347-1527), after which the Mughals conquered the fort. Later it was won by Shivaji’s Army in 1663. Samarth Ramdas Swami, a teacher and spiritual guide to Shivaji, spent a considerable span of his latter life in this fort. He was also a poet in the 17th century. As a tribute to his work, there is a temple constructed in the fort; it has attracted tourists as well as devotees since then.

How to Reach Sajjangad Fort

The Sajjangad Fort is accessible through public transport like buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. The fort is also accessible by a two-wheeler as well as four wheeler private vehicles. There is a set of hundred steps to be climbed after reaching the top. The fort lies very close to Satara, (18 kms) and hence easily accessible from there.

Best Time to Visit Sajjangad Fort

The best time to visit the fort is in Winter from October to February. The climate during this season is cold and pleasant and hence many tourists visit during this time. The temperature remains close to 18 to 22 degrees Celsius.

The fort has remained as a monument, a tourist site as well as a religious place. The fort stands as a  symbol of the rich history of India. It contributes to the historical wealth of the nation as well as its significance remains unmatched. Visiting the place helps explore the artefacts and history of the place. It also brings enlightenment and spiritual fulfilment to the ones visiting the place.

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