Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rohida



Rohida dates back to period of Yadavas. Shivaji Maharaj captured this in 1656 but in 1666, the Moghuls conquered the fort. In 1670, Shivaji Maharaj recaptured the fort.


Bhor is around 60 KMs from Pune and Rohida should be approx 10 kms away from Bhor. On Satara Road, if you take immediate right turn after Kapurhol you are able to reach Bhor easily. After Bhor you have to take a left turn from Shivaji statue to Mandhardevi temple. Few kms away is the bifurcation for Rohida on the right. The base village is Bajarwadi. The climb starts from this place. It's a very straight and easy climb but in monsoons it quite windy on the way...I guess you can get easily to the top in an hour's time.

If you are visiting during the monsoon you will find large centipedes here.






There's not much to see on the barren top. The entrance gate is intact and elephant heads on the either side catch you eye immediately. There are some meticulous inscriptions too in the rock. Inside the fort on the right side you will find some water cisterns and the entire area is covered with the carpet of beautiful white flowers.

 
The newly constructed Rohideshwar temple along with its charming reflection in water adds beauty to the tranquil surroundings.







 
- October 2009


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