Harishchandragad Fort, Junnar

Harishchandragad (map) is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India. Its history is linked with that of Malshej Ghat, kothale village and it has played a major role in guarding and controlling the surrounding region.HistoryThe fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in the 6th century, during the rule of Kalachuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya. Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in the 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to mahadeva as a totem of tribes koli mahadev. they was control the fort before the Moguls. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.Fascinating SpotsSaptatirtha PushkarniTo the east of the temple is a well-built lake called “Saptatirtha”. On its bank are temple-like constructions in which there are idols of Lord Vishnu. Recently these idols have been shifted in the caves near the temple of Harishchandreshwar. These days many trekkers have been responsible for the sad plight of this place, as they throw plastic wastes and other things in the pond. 7 years back the water was potable, and now it isn't suitable even to swim. (However, this water is so cold in summer also that you can actually feel like you are standing in a refrigeration unit.)
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  • Its a trekkers paradise and should be visited in monsoons . There are 3 routes to reach harischandraghad. 1. Pachnai (Easy trek) 2. Kheereshwar (Medium) 3.Nalichi Vaat (Tough) . Khireshwar village rou...  more »
  • One of the best treks of my life. Please take 2 days to complete this trek. The view from the top is amazing, an the wind at Konkan kada will litereally blow you away  more »
  • One of the best and tiring trekking , but its worth . Amazing view of the western ghats . The right time is monsoon , the view is breath taking .  more »
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  • Adventurous, excitement and thrilling experience. Trek is bit difficult but manageable. You have to pass by a river to cross over for reaching the Shiv temple. Must visit place in rainy season.
  • Maharashtra has got many forts and this is one of it. Good place to go during rainy or winter season. Summers are very hot here. Weekend you will get crowd and can expect jam, You can also try treaking in early morning require 4 to 5 hours.... Best place to visit. ... Thank You...
  • Best trek in the Maharashtra.. It's also known as trekkers paradise 😍😍 You can get the food at the top..
  • Best place to visit with great trekking experience. Difficulty level of trek is medium if you go by Khireshwar village route. On the top of the fort Taramati peak is must see place. The view from the peak is awesome. Car and bike parking is available at base village.
  • It's good for trekking , if you had prepared well to go and stay their. Good Choice.

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