Vasota Fort

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Vasota Fort/ Vyaghragad
वासोटा किल्ला/ व्याघ्रगड
Vasota fort from Met indavli
Vasota Fort/ Vyaghragad is located in Maharashtra
Vasota Fort/ Vyaghragad
Vasota Fort/ Vyaghragad
Coordinates 18°39′48.2″N 73°41′51″E / 18.663389°N 73.69750°E / 18.663389; 73.69750
Height 4267 feet
Site information
Owner India Government of India
Open to
the public
Site history
Built Bhoj Raja of Panhala
Materials Stone

Vasota Fort (also called Nandugad) is located in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[1]


It was famously defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a killedar of the fort when he was captured.

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[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Gazetteers Department – SATARA". Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07.