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Sangram Durg
Part of the Maratha Empire
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Current
condition
Protected Ruins
Open to
the public
Yes
Controlled by

 Bijapur
 Shivaji
 Maratha Empire (1713-1818)
 United Kingdom

  • East India Company (1818-1857)
  • India (1857-1947)
 India

Sangram Durg is a land fort situated at Chakan, Pune, India. Firangoji Narsala was a renowned Maratha warrior and military leader in the army of Shivaji, a Maharaja of Maharashtra, in 17th century India. He is famous for his defence of this fort against a Mughal army led by Shaista Khan in 1660 .

Firangoji was a 'Killedar' (garrison commander?) of this fort in Chakan (Pune). When Shayeste Khan invaded Pune with a lakh of soldiers, he selected Sangram Durga as the first target. He attacked the fort with 10,000 soldiers. Firangoji Narsala was prepared for this attack, however, even though he had only 200 soldiers. Just before this attack Shivaji had asked his commander to leave the fort. However, Firangoji decided not to abandon the fort and instead started a fierce guerrilla war against the Mughals and defended the fort in this way for almost two months. The Mughals tried another way of taking the fort. They dug a tunnel up to the fort; which was a challenge because of the water around it. They filled this tunnel with explosives and blew up the wall of the fort. This was a major setback for Firangoji and his soldiers; 75 soldiers died in this attack. The Mughal army rushed into the fort; fierce fighting ensued and many Maratha soldiers were killed.

Shayeste Khan was astonished by Firangoji's bravery, and offered him Mughal Sardaridisambiguation needed. But Firangoji refused to accept it; instead Shayeste Khan gave him and his soldiers safe passage. Firangoji came to meet Shivaji and apologised for surrendering the fort. But Shivaji was very happy with him as he had defended a small fort for almost 2 months. He said "if it took 60 days for Shayeste Khan to take a small fort, imagine how many days will be required to capture an entire swarajya (kingdom)". Shivaji rewarded Firangoji and made him Killedar of 'Bhupal Gad' (fort).

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