Old Entrance - Ashva Pol
The Darbargadh fort located at 21.28 N 74.50 E in Malpur, Maharashtra, India was built in the late 14th century by Sisodiya Rajputs migrating South from Rajasthan to an area called Khandesh. The magnificence of Darbargadh grabs the attention of travelers with its unparalleled construction based on tenets of ancient Vastu Shastra.
The fort built on the southern bank of Amravati river has a footprint that spreads over 4 acres. Darbargadh means a Royal Fort; Darbar is a Persian word meaning Royal Court and Gadh means fort. Darbargadh is constructed to store weapons, military utilities, artillery and House troops.
Weapons and other war utilities that are preserved are displayed for the benefit of visitors.
The royal structure reflects the medieval construction style. Of note is the northern wall which rises 70 feet from the river bed is a marvel of medieval engineering. The wood work is from the Chaluya period and the Royal Kacheri (Court) is a replica of Shaniwarwada. The stone work and the sheer scale of the fort makes it stand as an architectural wonder along with its rainwater harvesting system and escape route using a tunnel.
The fort was built in the late 14th century using locally quarried stone and limestone mortar. Astonishing is the fact that the fort is not built on a hill but a chain of small hills was demolished and soil used to fill the ramparts of the fort.
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