Published on: December 7, 2021



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Linstead President of India visits Raigad fort and paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj


  • Situated about 25 km from Mahad in the Raigad district
  • Stands 2,851 feet above the sea level
  • The British Gazette states the fort was known to early Europeans as the Gibraltar of the East
  • Decisive feature is a mile and a half flat top which has adequate room for buildings
  • Fort had 300 stone houses and a garrison of 2,000 men
  • Earlier called Rairi
  • Was the seat of the Maratha clan Shirke in the 12th century
  • Changed hands a number of times from the dynasty of Bahaminis to the Nizamshahis and then the Adilshahis.
  • In 1656, Chhatrapati Shivaji captured it from the More’s of Javli who were under the suzerainty of the Adilshahi Sultanate


  • In 1662, Shivaji formally changed the fort’s name to Raigad
  • By 1664, the fort had emerged as the seat of Shivaji’s government
  • On June 6, 1674, Shivaji was coronated at Raigad by Gagabhatt where he took on the title of Chhatrapati.
  • Shivaji passed away in Raigad in 1680 and was cremated at the fort.