"Guardians of the Maratha Empire - "Shivaji Maharaj's Forts"

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the legendary Maratha warrior king, built forts during his reign to protect the Maratha kingdom from various threats.

Raigad Fort: This is one of the most significant forts associated with Shivaji Maharaj. It was the capital of the Maratha Kingdom and served as the coronation site of Shivaji Maharaj.

Pratapgad Fort: Located in the Western Ghats, Pratapgad was the site of a famous battle where Shivaji Maharaj defeated Afzal Khan, a prominent general of the Adil Shahi dynasty.

Sindhudurg Fort: Built on the Arabian Sea coast, this fort is known for its unique construction using underwater foundations. It served as a naval base for the Maratha navy.

Rajgad Fort: Situated in the Sahyadri mountain range, Rajgad was one of Shivaji Maharaj's favorite forts and played a crucial role in his early campaigns.

Torna Fort: Often referred to as Prachandagad (the massive fort), Torna was the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj at the age of 16.

Lohagad Fort: Located near Pune, Lohagad served as a stronghold for Shivaji Maharaj. It has historical significance and provides stunning panoramic views.

Vijaydurg Fort: Another coastal fort, Vijaydurg, was of strategic importance for its role in controlling the trade routes along the Konkan coast.

Panhala Fort: Situated near Kolhapur, this fort was one of Shivaji Maharaj's largest and served as a refuge during times of need.

Tung Fort: Tung is a smaller hill fort near Pune, known for its strategic location and historical significance.

Purandar Fort: Located in the Western Ghats, Purandar served as a stronghold and played a role in Shivaji Maharaj's early military campaigns.