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Balapur Fort, Akola

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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 of Raja Man Singh I, 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 the Chattri of Raja Man Singh - an 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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  • the culture could be seen . one time shud be visited when in akola. quiet calm and soothing experience  more »
  • Was travelling solo on a windy day. Thought of taking trek to fort. Lots of vintage stuff to see ... but mostly overtaken by bustling market activity. Visited Baladevi temple. For people who like to v...  more »
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  • Not maintained by Govt. or people. Govt. offices are occupied the inner area. The fort is very eager to collapse down on ground.
  • BALAPUR FORT Balapur, a taluka town, is 26kms Akola, the district headquarters. 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 we 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.  The construction was completed in 1757 by Ismail Nawab Khan of Ellichpur(Achalpur) . Balapur was an important military station during the Mughal period. A chhatri or pavilion was built here by Mirza Raje Jaisingh the general of Aurangzeb during the rule of Aurangzeb.
  • Grate fort bild in Aurangzeb (rh) eara
  • Though it is a fort but it was used by The British Govt. as office and Civil Court ,SDO and thesil offices were inside the fort,same continued by the Maharashtra Govt ,Hence it is public place rather then a Historical People visit it for their official work.
  • Good but not very well to holidays
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