India has an extraordinary, vast and diverse pool of cultural heritage and ancient monuments in the form of Forts and other archaeological sites. The fact that these Forts are the reminiscence of the living witnesses of the golden historic era of over a thousand years and of the pre-independence battles.
Welcome to one such ancient Fort, Darbargadh Malpur, Maharashtra, India in the erstwhile province of Khandesh. Darbargadh Fort was built by our forefathers in the late 13th century when some Sisodia Rajputs migrated from Chittorgarh, Rajasthan in the North to Malpur, Khandesh in Central India. This was a result of Alauddin Khilji’s capture of Chittorgarh by treachery and Rani Padmavati’s famed Jauhar in a historic battle.
Malpur is one of the 13 Principalities bearing the title of Rawals. Darbargadh is built on the tenets of Vastu Shastra and is a wonder of medieval engineering. Darbargadh has a glorious past and chief among them is Rawal Ramsinhji welcoming Maratha King Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his return from sacking the port city of Surat, Gujarat.
The Rawals of Malpur played an important role in ensuring Shahu Maharaj’s safe return to the South upon the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and for this act of nobility the Rawal’s were granted an audience with Shahu Maharaj at Kolhapur Raj Darbar.
Darbargadh stands as the epitome of courage, testimony to the evolution of the nation and evidence of our previous social traditions, values, valor and ultimate sacrifice of the Rajputs.
It is a silent witness to history of our times from the Khilji dynasty to the Mughals and to the British. It is a reminder of India’s gilded age, so help us preserve and protect it for generations to come; for the present is charged with the past and is big with the future as the history of Rajput’s is the history of India.
Rawal Digpalsinhji Sisodia