Shivneri Fort is situated near Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra and is a 17th-century military fort. This is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire. Shivneri has been known as the place of Buddhist rule since the 1st century AD. These caves, rock-cut architecture and water system depicts the existence of a settlement from the 1st century AD. The name Shivneri became the name as it was under the possession of the Yadavas of Devagiri. Shivneri Fort was used mainly to protect the old trade route from the port to the city of Kalyan.
In 1595, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle’s grandfather Maloji Bhosle was empowered by the Maratha chief, Ahmednagar Sultan, Bahadur Nizam Shah and gave him Shivneri and Chakan. After the weakening of the Delhi Sultanate in the 15th century, the place shifted to the Bahamani Sultanate and then moved to the Ahmednagar Sultanate in the 16th century. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born on this fort on 19 February 1630 (some accounts place it 1627). And he spent his childhood there. An English traveler, Fres, Visited the fort in 1673 and found it invincible. According to him, the Shivneri fort was a good reserve for thousands of families for seven years. After the Third Anglo-Maratha War, the fort came under British rule in 1820. Inside the fort, there is a small temple dedicated to the goddess Shivai Devi and named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Bhosale.
Height: 3,500 feet
Visiting Time: All Day
Time Duration: 1 to 2 Hours
Entry Fees: Rs. 1 per person (Child), Rs. 5 per person (Adult)