Kolhapur is not merely a tourism centre for the drifters, but it evokes prodigious images of virgin beauty and blissful enchantment. This fact was unfurled to me from the very beginning of my journey to Kolhapur. I could feel that air of excitement after reaching the joyful city of Marathas. I praised the city for its Goddess Mahalaxmi, who has bestowed love, wealth, prosperity and health to the city’s grassroots. One more thought that was wondering behind me was its great past history of Battle of Pavan Kind Kolhapur, where I was about to reach in a couple of minutes. The city houses the glorious history of brave and great warrior of Maratha named Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Also named as the Panhala Fort, the domain of battlefield is the dating back history of the great Shivaji’s follower and commander of his army, Baji Prabhu Deshpande. He fought till his last breathe to protect Shivaji safely from the reach of Adil Shah II, who wanted to win back the Panhala Fort, which was taken by Shivaji after a battle with his father, Afzul Khan, the general of Bijapur in 1659.
During the battle Shiva Kashid and Baji Prabhu, who looked like Shivaji, kept the army engaged with them battling in the darkness of the night. This gave time for Shivaji to escape to Vishalgad. In the mean time, three fourth of the army was killed, including Baji Prabhu in the battle with Adil Shah’s massive force of soldiers. It was in 1673, when Shivaji permanently occupied the fort. This was the story narrated to me by my guide and I could well observe the Fort for which that massive battle happened. It is said that the Fort used to house 20,000 soldiers and 15,000 horses at a time during the period..
The Battle of Pavan Khind gave me an evidence of India’s courage and valour, which was shown and fulfilled by Baji Prabhu and his flock of brave soldiers. Saluting these brave icons, I headed towards the Shalini Palace Kolhapur, where I pre booked my room to have a comfortable and joyful stay that matches my student and colourful travelling life.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!