Pilaji Jadhavrao... the creator of Fort JadhavGadh
The story of Fort Jadhavgadh has to start from a man who himself was as strong in mind and body as the stone structure he envisioned to create. The man named Pilaji Jadhavrao who not only rose to fame as the Maratha general in the army of Chhatrapati Shahuji, but also proved his mettle each and every time someone dared to challenge the supremacy of the Maratha ruler.
In 1707, Chhatrapati Shahuji, the grandson of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji, was released after 21 years of imprisonment by the Mughal ruler Shahjahan.
These were troubled times in Maratha region.
The Mughals still held on to the control of area but were soon loosing grounds after the death of Aurangzeb. Queen Tarabai, the widow of Rajaram, Shivaji’s second son was also finding it difficult to proclaim her rise to the throne as the Mughals had made it clear that Shahuji was the true Maratha leader. More...