Harishchandragad Fort is an ancient monument situated near Malshej Ghat
, in Maharashtra
. The fort is famous for its height, toughness and Konkan Kada - a unique formation at a height of 3,500 ft in the Sahyadris. The fort is a favorite spot for trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Harishchandragad Fort is believed to be of 6th century origin, during the rule of Kalchuri dynasty. Remnants of Mesolithic man have been discovered from here. The fort has references in various Puranas, including
Matsya Purana, Agni Purana and Skanda Purana.
The beautiful temple of Harishchandra, housed inside the fort, has some readable sculptures. The temple has beautiful idols of Nandi and Shivling. Numerous caves found in the fort have been probably carved out in the 11th century. Idols of Lord Vishnu are found in these caves.
Harishchandragad has 3 peaks, namely: Rohidas, Taramati and Harishchandra. Taramati has some old caves which are a retreat for trekkers.
It is believed that Saint Changdev meditated here in the 14th century and pen down his manuscript – ‘Tatwasaar’.
The fort was under the control of Moguls for some time. It was captured by the Marathas in 1747. The last warrior named Joshi became a martyr in the fight against the English in 1818.
Tourists can also spot some wild animals in Harishchandragad.
The nearest airport is at Mumbai (154 km). Kalyan Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead.