|Vasota Fort/ Vyaghragad|
|वासोटा किल्ला/ व्याघ्रगड|
Vasota fort from Met indavli
|Owner||Government of India|
|Built||Bhoj Raja of Panhala|
Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Raja Nandgopal (1178–1193) of Panhala. Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirkes & Mores in 16th century. Shivaji Maharaj incorporated Swarajya in 1655 during the conquest of Javli. Shivaji Maharaj named the fort "Vyaghragad" (Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defense. After Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj , Senapati Bajirao Peshwa carried on the Swarajya mission of ousting the Mughal invaders. In 1818 the British bombarded the fort with heavy artillery, destroying many buildings on Vasota (Chandika mandir, Daru-kothar, etc.) and looted property worth 5 lakhs.
Places to see
The fort is in dilapidated condition and is overgrown. The remnants of Shree Mahadev mandir and the plinth of a huge "sadar" (discussion place) are there. It is a protected natural reserve.
Vasota Fort is located about 70 km from satara near Bamnoli village on the banks of Shivsagar lake.
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