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 of Pune 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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(Last Updated on : 19-09-2019)
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