India is believed to be the land of ancient forts. The country has a number of forts that make an amazing tourist attraction for some or the other peculiarity of theirs. One of these forts is the Murud Janjira Fort, situated in Murud village of Raigad district in Maharashtra. The fort was commissioned by Malik Ambar, an Abssynian minister who served the Sultan of Ahmednagar.
Spread across an area of 22 acres, the mighty fortification of Murud Janjira has a height of 90 feet above sea level, resting on an oval-shaped island off Murud Janjira, a coastal village. In order to reach the fort, one needs to take a boat ride.
The peculiarity of the Murud Janjira fort is that it is surrounded by water from all the sides and 22 cannons have been deployed in the protection of the fort. The three largest of these 22 cannons are named Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. These cannons are believed to have had a great shooting range. The mystery of the source of the water that surrounds the fort remains unsolved.
The outer wall that flanks the main gate has a sculpture of a tiger-like animal grasping an elephant in its claws. Another gate, lying towards the west faces the sea and is known as Darya Darwaza.
The 350 year old fort took 22 years to get constructed when it was finally ready around the end of the 17th century. Ever since then, it has stood up to all the tests of time and weather and is therefore considered one of the strongest marine forts of India. Another special feature of the fort is that it has 26 rounded bastions, all of which are still intact.
Now most of the parts of the fort are in ruins, however, its condition is far better than other forts belonging to the same time in history. The palace of nawabs of the Murud Janjira Fort is still in a good condition. The extravagance of the fort reveals that once a living fort, it was well-equipped with all sorts of modern facilities of that era.
Lying at a distance of 165 km from the metropolitan of Mumbai, Murud Janjira is a prominent weekend getaway destination for residents of Mumbai and nearby cities.