History of Chandwad Fort
The Chandwad Fort was built about in AD 801 A.D by Dridhaprahara, the founder of the Seuna or Yadava dynasty. Initially, the construction of the fort was to guard the Chandor Pass in the nearby hills and also to overlook the trade route from Khandesh to Nashik.
Close to the Chandwad Fort, King Bhoj had established about 52 temples and his own daughter Chandralekha was married to King Vikram in this fort itself. In the 14th century, the Chandwad Fort came under the Bahmani Sultanate but by 1635 was taken over by the Mughal army.
The fort changed hands several times and in 1665, it was under the control of the Maratha Empire but was again under the Mughal reign of Emperor Aurangzeb. Between the years of 1754 and 1756, Chandwad became popular for its brass work as Malhar Rao Holkar induced craftsman to settle in the town by gifting some land.
Finally by 1818, the Chandwad Fort came under the administration of the British Empire. In 1857, during the first war of independence, the 24th Maratha regiment initially took charge of the fort, but had to surrender it to British forces in 1859.
Currently in ruins, the Chandwad Fort is under the control of the Government of India.
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