northwest of Panhala and 18km south from Kolhapur -Ratnagiri
road,Vishalgad is situated on a mountain. The road passes through
thick wood. The fort is separated by a deep narrow riven from
the road terminus. Its vastness is big as per its name Vishal.
Steep cliffs separate it from adjoining land, making difficult
to enter except existing entrance. One Bhosala warrior climbed
this fort with the help of Ghorpad (an inguana) and captured
it on behalf of Adilshaha of Bijapur. He was named Ghorpade
The Bhunda Darwaja or a bare gate seen from the busstop shows
wrong way of the entry. Actual entry is separate. Nothing is
there except the ruins of old buildings. Now the fort is known
to people as place of Malik Raihan Dargah. A Sati Mandir is
there in memory of Ambadevi the queen of King Rajaram I , who
burned as Sati after the death of her husband. The Samadhi or
tomb of great warrior Baji Prabhu Deshpande who fought until
death with Siddi Masood, commander of Adilshaha who was persuiting
Shivaji at the time when he escaped from siege of Siddi to fort
Panhala and was rushing to Vishalgad.
He was about to capture Shivaji in Ghod Khind, a narrow pass
15 km short of Vishalgad Baji Prabhu stood there as a wall.
Siddi succeeded to pass the Khind only after his death, by the
time Shivaji was reached Vishalgad. Baji Prabhu alongwith his
brother Fulaji who also killed that time were cremated here
afterwards. Regular bus service is there from many cities in