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Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ausa land fort is located in the village of Ausa in the Latur district in Maharashtra.
Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra


Fortification and Bastions (Old and New) at Ausa Fort in Ausa Village in Latur district in Maharashtra
After visiting the Dharashiv Caves we traveled per directions provided by Google maps to reach Ausa Fort. We traveled for around 70 KM to reach Ausa Fort base. We parked the car near the main road and from there walked to the fort premises.
There is no entry fee to see the fort, but the fort timings are from 9 AM to 5PM.
Darwaza to Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Similar to Paranda Fort and Fort Aguada, Ausa Fort too has a moat around it due to the short height of the fort walls.
Cannon at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Cannon at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
The fortification near the Main Entrance of the fort is very unusual.  A ramp has been created of stone so that one can reach the Fort.
Cannon balls and stone sculptures at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
The fort walls have got small openings in them, I guess it was used for defense purposes. The Main Darwaza or Door has been redone, the varnish on it is so bright that it stands out. 
Darwaza's within Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
A tiny passage surrounded by fort walls with Jarokha (overhanging enclosed balcony)  lead one within the fort premises.
A couple of broken stone sculptures and cannon balls can be seen on the way.
Ariel view of Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
On a podium are placed 9 small sized cannons. There is a cannon ball in the mouth of one of the cannons. After crossing another Darwaza we finally enter the fort premises.
Rooms within the fort premises at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Well within Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Not sure what this structure painted in white is near the fort bastion.
The fort is under renovation, as there are people working within the fort  premises.
Bastion at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Like always the best way to explore the fort is to walk on the fort walls. We did the same. The fort walls have also been redone.
The fort bastions have cannons placed on them. Each of the cannons are unique as they are of different sizes.
Cannons kept on display at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Cannon at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
The fort has two levels of fortification, the outside wall is smaller is height in comparison to the inner walls. There is no maintenance work carried out on the outer walls.
Within the fort premises is a huge well and unknown structures apart from the thick vegetation.
Cannon at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
The entire fort can see seen in 45 minutes. Not much is known about the history of this fort.  

Cannon at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur district in Maharashtra

Within the premises of Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Please note that there is no provision for food and water in the fort. Also I am not aware of the public transport system. But there are people staying outside the fort premises. 
Cannon at Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra
Structures within Ausa fort in Ausa village in Latur District of Maharashtra

As the time was 5 PM, we headed over to see the Kharosa Caves.


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Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dharashiv Caves are located in the Balaghat mountains in the Osmanabad district in Maharashtra.

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
After visiting the Paranda Fort, we took directions from google maps and reached here after travelling for around 75 KM.

Naldurg is another fort in Osmanabad district known for its fantastic fortification.

NOTE -  There is no provision for food and water here. Only mode of transport is private vehicles.

Information on Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
History states that these Caves were built around 5th to 7th century.  They were discovered in the 10th century, by the Rashtrakuta Dynasty. These were originally Buddhist Caves which were later converted into Jain Caves.

Stone sculptures at Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
A tar road, leads to the caves entrance.There are two sets of caves on two hill ranges, facing each other. We decided to start exploring the caves near the temple premises.

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
There is grinding stone at the entrance of the temple premises.
The temple wall looks like a fort wall, made of small sized rocks. There are two small entrances to enter the temple premises. The temple kalash (top of temple) had beautiful artwork on it. The temple is dedicated to Shivguru and had beautiful paintings on the inside of soldiers at the entrance of the Shivguru.

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Statue of Mahavir at Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
The caves are all of different sizes. Grafitti artists have left their impression on  the cave walls.

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Some of the caves were huge, they has symmetrical carved pillars within them. with a sculpture of Buddha within it. 

The cave premises have been re worked upon as certain caves have been painted and also the pillars have been redone.

There are sculptures on rocks all over the place.

Temple near Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Temple premises of Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Temple top at Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
The caves, which were later converted to Jain Caves, have statue of Mahavir within them and they are under lock and key. so one can only take photos from outside.

Temple premises at Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
We then visited the caves on the other hill range, which are not in very good condition. I guess no one is looking after their well being. Though these set of caves looks more rustic in comparison to the ones near the temple, some of them have beautiful artwork near their pillars.

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Both set of caves offer fantastic view of the surroundings, there is no civilization in a distance. No wonder the monks decided to mediate here.

Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
That's us at Dharashiv Caves in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
We then decided to visit Ausa Fort.


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Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra

Monday, November 13, 2017

Paranda land Fort is located in Paranda a small town in the Osmanabad district in Maharashtra.
Fortification of Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
After visiting the Karmala fort, we took directions from google maps and traveled for around 40 KM to reach the Paranda Fort.
Another amazing land fort we visited in Osmanabad district is Naldurg fort.

Entrance to Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
That's me at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
The entrance to Paranda fort is very near to the Paranda ST bus stand. The fort walls can be seen from the ST bus stand. One can board buses plying  to nearby cities here. The ST bus stand also has a Sulabh Sauchalaya (wherein one can attend to nature's call and bathing)
Fortification and moat area of Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
As the fort is near the ST bus stand there is provision for food and water near the ST bus stand. But not inside the fort. 

Fort timings on the Fort Darwaza at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Way to the fort walls at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Paranda is a land fort, the fort bastions and fort walls were intact, which made me even more eager to visit the fort from the inside.
As Paranda is a land fort, the walls were a little more than a storey tall, so how would they protect the fort from the enemies. They built a moat around the fort premises.

Well in Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra

There is no entry fee, but the fort timings are from 9 AM to 5 PM all days of the week.
Fortification of Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
History states that this fort was built by Mahmud Gawan of the Bahamani Sultanate in the 15th century. 

Fortification of Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Structure at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
The main door of the fort has been redone. Once you enter the main door, you have walls on either side and they have jarokha (overhanging enclosed balcony) from wherein one could see whoever is entering the fort premises.  

Jarokha on fort walls at Fortification of Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Ammunition room at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Mosque within Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
A little history of the fort.
Information on Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
The fort has got two walls for fortification, the outer wall is slightly smaller in height in comparison to the inner wall.  Need to say that the walls and bastions are intact. There is a newly constructed Shiv Temple between the fort walls.

We decided to climb over the inner wall to get a good view of the fort both from inside and outside. Placed on each of the fort bastions are these beautiful cannons. The cannons had beautiful art work on them.

Another Darwaza to Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
The cannons at Uparkot Fort in Junagadh, Forts of Daman and Diu, Solapur Fort, Murud Janjira, Daulatabad Fort, Ausa Fort, Kandhar Fort and Udgir Fort too have beautiful cannons.

Rooms at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
As it is land fort, the fort area is not much, the entire fort can been seen in entirety in around 45 minutes.

Two fort walls at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
We then got down from the fort walls and decided to take a stroll within the fort premises, there were a couple of unnamed structures, not sure what they were.

Temple in Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
We can across this storage room for ammunition, it housed cannons and cannon balls. Interesting. Haven't seen that before in the forts I have visited so far.

Within Paranda Fort premises in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
There is a huge water well in the fort premises. The water is not portable. But one can go a level below ground level via the stairs.

Beautiful cannon at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Beautiful cannon at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Beautiful cannon at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Beautiful cannon at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Beautiful cannon at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
There is also a Masjid in the fort premises, It is under renovation, not sure if it is still in use.

Fortification of Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Structure at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Looks like the Govt or the ASI has finally taken some initiative to look after the maintenance of the fort.

Structure at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
Structure at Paranda Fort in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra
We then headed back on the road, our next pitstop was Dharashiv Caves.

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