Murud Janjira - The Sea Fortress

Murud Janjira the sea fortress built on an island 500m off Murud, has the distiction of never being defeated in a war despite numerous attempts by the Portuguese, the British and the Marathas. One of the few forts which eluded Shivaji Maharaj even after repeated attempts Murud Janjira is still one of the most well preserved sea forts in Maharashtra.

Believed to be one of the strongest sea forts in India from yester years Murud Janjira Fort was built on an oval-shaped rock in the 15th century and was rebuilt by Burhan Khan between 1567 and 1571. Murud Janjira has 19 rounded bastions which are all still intact. There are prominent "Ashok Chakras" on all major gates of the fort. Murud Janjira located in mid sea amazingly has a fresh water within.

Murud Janjira

Murud Janjira Fort

Murud Janjira Fort

In 1490, Malik Amber, the subedar of Junnar and an Abyssinian minister serving for Sultan of Ahmednagar, camouflaged a warship with 147 soldiers as a merchant ship and sent it to the fort where it was taken in. The General of the warship gave liquor to the Koli soldiers and defeated the intoxicated army. Mallik Amber then demolished the wooden fort and built a strong rock fort Murud Janjira in its place. In 1947, the last prince passed Murud Janjira to the Indian union.

Rock carving at the entrance of Murud Janjira

Murud Janjira fort extents over 22 acres with its entrance facing the east towards the Rajapuri ferry wharf. The entrance of Murud Janjira is so constructed, that it is hidden to anyone approaching the fort until one is very close to walls. On the outer wall flanking the main gate of Murud Janjira, there is a rock carving of a tiger-like beast clasping six elephants in its claws. The rock carving at the entrance of Murud Janjira fort is representative of Abyssinian might.

Murud Janjira Palace Ruins

Murud Janjira fort has 19 rounded bastions which are still intact. Murud Janjira still houses three well-known huge cannons Kalal Bangadi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. Murud Janjira has two water tanks which hold sweet water in spite of being surrounded by sea on all sides however the water is not drinkable as it has been contaminated since its not taken care of. Murud Janjira has a three storied remains of a palace , which is the tallest building in the fort.

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Murud Janjira The Formidable Fortress

Murud Janjira

Few forts in Maharashtra have a history as exciting as Murud-Janjira. The fort belonged to a dynasty of Siddhis who where from Abyssinia, in far North Africa. Murud Janjira the sea fortress built on an island 500m off Murud, has the distiction of never being defeated in a war despite numerous attempts by the British and the Marathas even after repeated attempts.

History

One of the few forts which eluded Shivaji Maharaj even after repeated attempts Murud Janjira is still one of the most well preserved sea forts in Maharashtra. Believed to be one of the strongest sea forts in India from yester years Murud Janjira Fort was built on an oval-shaped rock in the 15th century and was rebuilt by Burhan Khan between 1567 and 1571

Visit Murud Janjira

Murud Janjira has 19 rounded bastions which are all still intact. There are prominent "Ashok Chakras" on all major gates of the fort. Murud Janjira located in mid sea amazingly has a fresh water source within. Murud Janjira can be approached from Rajapuri and Dighi wharf by wind powered sail boats. Ferry to Murud Janjira is available around the year but for the monsoons.

Visiting Murud Janjira

Murud Janjira can be visited from Rajapuri ferry wharf which is about 20 minutes drive from Murud Janjira beach. The smaller fort visible from Murud Janjira beach is Kasa fort. To reach the ferry wharf from Murd Janjira chowpatty one has to go across the town over a hillock to the other side.

Wind powererd sail boats take tourists across to Murud Janjira and the sail boats are often towed back by motorized ferries. The tickets to the fort would cost you Rs 30 and there is no other entry fee.


The ride on the sail boat can be quite adventurous and scary at the same time. Wearing a life jacket is mandatory. There is no proper platform to boar and alight the boat from Murud Janjira and one would have to jump from the boatto get to the fort. There are volunteers to assist you in boarding the boat at Murud Janjira fort.

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