There are many such forts in India, which are hundreds of years old and some are so old that no one knows when they were built and who built them. We are going to tell you about one such ancient and historical fort, which is called 'Fort of Snakes'. This fort is more than 800 years old. It is believed that it was built between 1178 and 1209 AD by the Shilahar ruler Bhoj II. It is said that the saying 'Where Raja Bhoj, Kahan Gangu Teli' is associated with this fort.
Actually, we are talking about Panhala fort, which is also known by the names of Panhalgarh, Panacea and Pahala, etc. This fort is situated at a distance of 20 km to the southeast of the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Although Panhala is a small town and hill station, its history is associated with Shivaji Maharaj.
Although this fort has been under many dynasties like Yadavas, Bahmani, and Adil Shahi, in 1673 AD it was taken over by Shivaji Maharaj.
It is said that Shivaji Maharaj lived in the Panhala Fort for the longest time. He spent more than 500 days here. Later this fort came under the British.
Panhala Fort is called the 'Fort of Snakes' because its structure is zig-zag, that is, it looks like a snake is walking. Near this fort is situated the temple of Kuldevi Tulja Bhavani in Juna Rajbara, in which a secret tunnel has been built, which opens directly to Panhala Fort, 22 km away. For the time being, this tunnel is closed.
The Panhala fort has a secretly constructed well at the bottom of the three-story building, which is known as Andhra Baori. It is believed that this stepwell was built by the Mughal ruler Adil Shah. The reason for its construction was that Adil Shah believed that whenever the enemy attacked the fort, he could mix poison in the water present in the nearby wells or ponds.