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 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.
History of Murud Janjira
Few forts in Maharashtra have a history as exciting as Murud-Janjira. The fort belonged to a dynasty of Siddhis who are believed to have their origins in Abyssinia, in far North Africa. Murud Janjira has the distiction of never being defeated in a war despite numerous attempts by the Portuguese, the British and the Marathas. Marathas even built Kasa fort near Murud Janjira to aide in attacking Murud Janjira however still failed in capturing the Murud Janjira.
Reaching Murud Janjira
Murud Janjira can be approached from Rajapuri ferry wharf by wind powered sail boats. Ferry to Murud Janjira is available all through the year but for the monsoons.
Murud Janjira Fort
At the entrance is an inscription in Persian and a stone carving depicting a tiger like creature surrounded by six elephants which is believed to be the emblem of Sidis depicting their might.
Guides to Murud Janjira
The trip to Murud Janjira from Rajapuri is done on sail boats and almost all sail boats come with self appointed tour guides. Many of the tour guides are descendants of the people who occupied the precincts of the fort up till 1972.