(Last Updated on : 19/09/2019)
Kharda is a historical fort
and a tourist attraction in Maharashtra
. It is known as the oldest Shivapatan. This fort was built by Sardar Nimbalkar in 1745. Sultan Raje Nimbalkar was the last ruler of this fort. There are 12 Jyotirlingas in the village
and there is a huge crowd of devotees in the month of Shravan.
History of Kharda Fort
Kharda Fort is famous for the Battle of Kharda
fought between the Marathas
under the Peshwa
and the Nizam of Hyderabad
, in 1795. This was the last battle of Marathas and the Nizam
was badly defeated. The Maratha Confederacy
, along with Khada Rajputs
won the war of Kharda.
Structure of Kharda Fort
Kharda Fort is at ground level and still in good condition. The wall of this fort, the entrance is still in good condition and there is a mosque
inside named Nanasahebanchi Chhatri. There is memorial temple
built in the memory of Pant Nanasaheb Nimbalkar, situated to northern side of the village, at the shore of the River Kautuka.
Visiting Information of Kharda Fort
To reach the Kharda Fort, the nearest airports
are at Aurangabad
and Pune. Ahmednagar
is nearest railway station
. One can hire taxis from the airport or railway station to reach Kharda Fort. Regular buses are also available to reach the fort.
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