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Sajjangad is a historic fort located near Satara, in Maharashtra state, India. Sajjangad means Fort of Good People. This fort is the final resting place of the 17th century Saint Ramdas.
Saint Ramdas was a saint born in 1608. Dasbodh is a famous book written by him which has his teachings. Many people from the state of Maharashtra follows his teachings. Sajjangad has thus emerged as a popular pilgrimage destination.
Sajjangad was known by different names throughout its existence. Asvalayana Rishi lived here and hence it was one of the the earlier names of this historic place. It was also known as Aswalya gad as many Aswals or bears were found here. Bahamani Emperors took control of the fort in between 1347-1527. Adilshah dynasty took control of the fort in between 1527 and 1686. The fort then came under Mughal Emperors. Later on, King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took control of the fort. This fort was finally captured by the British in 1818. After the British left India in 1947, the fort came under Indian Goverment.
Samadhi of Sadguru Shri Samarth Ramdas Swami is taken care of by the trust, Ramdas Swami Sansthan; a trust established during Swami’s time itself. Dasbodh , The manuscript written by Sant Ramdas is read here, daily. There are morning prayers and Bhajans at the samadhi. Abhishek, Puja and Maha Naivedya are also offered to the swami.
Ruins of some of the historic buildings can be seen here. Scenic beauty includes a dam and its waters. Thoseghar waterfall, the biggest waterfall in India, is a nearby falls, at around 14 kilometers from the fort.
How Do I Go to Sajjangad?
Sajjangad Fort is at a distance of 18 kilometers from Satara city. Cabs, auto-rickshaws and buses are available from Satara city. Private or Hired vehicles takes you to the top of the hills. You need to climb a hundred steps or so, to reach the fort.
It is at a distance of around 275 kilometers from Mumbai.
What are the Timings of Sajjangad?
Sajjangad is open daily from 5.00 am to 9.00 pm.
Accommodation at Sajjangad?
“Bhakt niwas”, run by the trust Ramdas Swami Sansthanthe, offers free accommodation. There are many hotels at Satara, suiting the budget of every tourist or pilgrim to Sajjangad.