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Balapur Fort is a Mughal fortress in the town of Balapur in the Akola district of India. Construction on the fort was started by Mirza Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb and it was completed by Ismaeel Khan, the Nawab of Elichpur in 1757. The chhatri, a canopy constructed by Mirza Raja Jaisingh, has an area of 25 square feet and a height of 33 feet. Its foundations were heavily damaged in a great flood called the 'dhvdya pur' which occurred more than 100 years ago, but after some years the damage was repaired at a cost of Rs 3,000 received from Jaipur.HistoryThe old Gazetteer states, "People are sufficiently educated to scrawl their names on all parts of the chhatri, and a stone in the middle has been coloured with the ubiquitous sacred red. The frivolous say that visitors to the chhatri must do three thing Firstly, they should note the char bot ki patthar, four-fingers stone, which has been set in near the top of a pillar on the soul. In 1616, Shah Nawaz Khan, the Subedar of Barar was camping at Balapur. The defeated Malik Ambar attacked him near Kirkee by way of Rohinkheda pass. But he could not hold for long and had to retreat to Balapur. Aurangzeb, after ascending the imperial throne at Delhi, appointed Raja Jaisingh as the Governor of the Dakkan. He constructed a very pretty chhatri, umbrella-shaped pavilion, 25 feet square and 33 feet in height at Balapur. Mirza Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb, is said to have lived here and to have built a mud fort. It may be noted that as per the Treaty of Purandar, the Balapur pargana along with the Avandhe pargana was given in the name of Sambhaji as a Jageer and he was made a commandant of 5,000."
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  • Situated at the junction of the rivers Man and Mhais, Balapur is a historical town and has a massively built fort, probably the strongest in Vidarbha and Khandesh regions of Maharashtra. The fort was started in 1721 AD by Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb, and was completed by Ismail Khan, the Nawab of Ellichpur (now Achalpur, Amaravati District) in 1757 AD. The fort is in a reasonably good condition and today houses some government offices. Situated on a high ground between the rivers, the fort has very lofty walls and bastions built of the best brickwork of its time. The fort has three gateways, one within the other. The outer or the lower fort is a decagon with a bastions at each angle, and above it rises, by the height of its walls, the inner fort which is a pentagon, each angle having a bastion, as in the lower fort. The innermost walls are 3 metres thick and their ramparts are pierced with numerous slits at three different angles for the discharge of missiles. Inside the fort are three wells and one mosque. During the rains the fort gets surrounded by floodwater except at one point. The temple of Bala Devi, from which the town has derived its name, lies just under the fort on the southern side.
  • Balapur Fort is a Mughal fortress in the town of Balapur in the Akola district. Construction on the fort was started by Mirza Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb and it was completed by Ismaeel Khan, the Nawab of Elichpur in 1757. Situated on an elevated ground between the two rivers, the fort has very high walls and bastions built of the best brickwork of its time. The fort has three gateways, one within the other. With Balapur hailed as an important military station during the times of the Mughals, the fort too was built keeping in mind the town's military responsibilities and position.
  • Massive fortress, fairly intact, good views all around. Not much info diplayed there though.
  • It was a historical place... Now it is used as a government office for balapur You should go only if you have panchayat samiti balapur work :)
  • ◆Balapur Fort : Balapur Fort is a beautiful river side fort built in the Mughal Era in India. This is around 302 years old in the long standing history and culture in the Maharashtra State. This fortress is a unique example of Indo Islamic architecture. This fort is well known for its temple and a mosque built inside this fortress. This is a defensive fort built here for the purpose of its western province of the Mughal rulers. This for is located at Balapur Town, Akola District in Maharashtra of western part of India. ◆Architectural Importance : Balapur Fort is built in the Indo Islamic architectural designs. This fortress is well located in between two rivers junctions known as the Man River adjoining in parallel with the Bhains River. It is built on a small elevated area to avoid river floods. The purpose of this fort was to be used as garrison in the times war like situations and to safe guard this province. Since the Mughals built this fort and it has all essence of its Islamic designs of arts in this structure. There are also many Indian arts found in the stone carving activities. It main walls are very high and thick. This fort is a fort inside a fort. It has got three gateways, each resembling a different fort inside a fort. These walls are stuffed with large curved bastions. These bastions hold its walls too strong as these are still in good conditions. On the inner side of the fortress, it had got a pentagon model with many complexes built around. There are many pillared verandahs. The inside complexes are built up to two stories. It does have a worship place for the Hindus and Muslims built here. The well known Bala Devi temple is built here. This temple has fine stone art works. Its pillars are remarkable in monolith stones. The statues found here have very sharp features. There is also a mosque built inside this fortress in the Islamic structure. This is the great place of worship for the Muslims leaving here. ◆Historical Importance : Balapur Fort was built by Azam Shah, who was the great son of Emperor Aurangzeb of the Mughals of North India. The erection of this fort was started in the year 1712 AD and it took 45 years to complete this entire fortification works. It was finally completed in the year 1757 AD by Ismail Khan, who was the Nawab of Amaravathi, which was its neighboring province. In the year 1720 AD the Asaf Jahi's of the Hyderabad province attacked this fort and occupied till they were thrown out by the British East India Company. A century ago this fort was under destruction by massive floods happened on these two rivers. Its foundation base was destroyed majorly. This was renovated with the assistance brought from the Jaipur King, who granted a sum 3000 Rupiah in that time. This fort also underwent many reconstruction works after the India's independence. This fort was entitled in the heritage monument list for fort sites in Maharashtra. This fort had a great significance in the development of the Balapur town in trade and cultural. This fort and its surrounding places got its name as Blalpur, due to the famous temple of Bala Devi inside this fortress. Presently few portions of this fortress are used as the state government offices of Maharashtra Government. ◆Tourism Importance : Balapur Fort is in excellent conditions and well maintained by the archeological department. It is one of the heritage sites in Akola District of Maharashtra. This fort is also an important pilgrim place for the Hindus and an important worship place for the Muslims in the Mosque found here. Balapur Castle : ●Balapur is a splendid fort situated 26kms away from the Akola and at the junction of #Maan and Mhais rivers. ●It is probably the strongest fort in in Vidarbha and Khandesh regions of Maharashtra. ●Today, the balapur fort is in a reasonably good condition and today has some government offices. ●Situated on a high ground between the rivers, the fort has very lofty walls and bastions built of the best brickwork of its time.

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