Shivneri Fort#Cultural Heritage
Shivneri Fort is one of the most magnificent as well as historically rich forts of India. It is situated at a distance of 2.5 km from the Junnar, Maharashtra. The fort dates back to the time period when Shivaji was not even born yet. Almost the entire childhood of Shivaji was spent playing inside the compound of the fort.
Apart from its connection with Chhatrapati Shivaji, the fort is also quite popular for its surround architecture. To make the Shivneri Fort enemy proof, Shahaji ordered the construction of seven massive gates. One has to go through all the seven to gain entrance into the fort.
Badami Talav, a small pond situated in the heart of the fort, is one of its most endearing features. In the vicinity of the pond is a magnificent statue of Jijabai, along with her son Shivaji. Amongst them is a temple dedicated to Goddess Shivani. The local people of the area believe that Shivaji was named so, after the Goddess only.