From one of the religious places at Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir, we moved to another historical building, which was none other than the Sitabuldi Fort, Nagpur. Though the fort is normally opened only on dates such as January 26, May 1 and August 15, we luckily got the chance to go inside the fort as it was being maintained. The fort was under the jurisdiction of the Indian Army then and we learnt that it was built in the year 1817 by Mudhoji II Bhonsle. The fort was completely built of stone and had been ruled by the Kingdom of Nagpur followed by the British East India Company and finally landed in the hands of the Indian Army. The local people informed us that prominent people like Mahatma Gandhi, Queen Mary and King George V had stayed in this fort for a few days. The place was also known for the famous battle of Sitabuldi.
The fort was situated centrally in the city of Nagpur. It was the site where the famous battle of Sitabuldi was fought in the year 1817. The third war between the British and Marathas was fought here. The entire area surrounding the hillock used to be a famous hub of Nagpur during that time. The railway station of Nagpur is at a distance of a few meters and one can easily take an Auto from there to visit this place. Behind the fort, there was the famous Ganapati temple known as the Tekdi Ganapati. The fort was very well maintained by the Indian Army and it showed the design that was done way back some 200 years ago. Though the whole fort was not open for the tourists, the places that we could cover were enough to enjoy the marvellous architecture of the 19th century.
After having visited the Sitabuldi Fort, Nagpur, we decided to visit the Balaji temple of Nagpur, which was not far away. The fort played an important role in the history of Maharashtra and it was believed that lots of soldiers who died in the famous battle were buried inside the premise itself. Some of them included soldiers from Britain as well. Mahatma Gandhi was jailed in this fort during the pre independence days for a period of one month.