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Sajira fortification

Fort Sajira, Tamil Nadu

Dakshin Digvijay of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj:On an auspicious day of Dasra, dating 6th October 1676, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj marched out of the Raigad Fort, accompanied by 25000-foot soldiers and a cavalry of 40000, with his legendary Sword Bhavani, pointed towards Southern India. Reaching to Adilshahi region, he divided his army, giving one part to his Chieftain Hambir Rao Mohite, who attacked Adilshahi. After few days, out of nowhere, Chhatrapati Shivaji emerged near Bhaganagar with half of the Army and crossing the Adilshahi region in between. Till this date, no one knows, nor is a documented evidence for how exactly he traveled with so many men without being noticed. Staying for one month in Bhaganagar, enjoying the hospitality of Kutubshaha, he made a deal with Kutubshaha concerning the distribution of the area to win over. Kutubshaha helped him with his most advanced artillery support along with four thousand foot soldiers and one thousand strong cavalries. Just like a hot knife cutting through butter, this invincible army started winning over the southern region, winning the most impregnable fortress in India – the fort of Ginji. After winning over Ginji, this army surrounded the legendary fortress of Vellore. Krushnaji Anant Sabhasad was a contemporary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, working in the Maratha courts, who has written detailed accounts on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji. While writing on the siege of Vellore, he writes, ‘there is no other fort like the Vellore on this entire earth. A treacherous trench of overflowing water surrounds it. The water is unfathomable and contains more than then thousand crocodiles. The core of the fort has been protected with four layers of thick fortified walls. Outermost fortification is so wide, that two carts side by side, can easily go along on that wall.’ Ramachandra Neelkanth Bawadekar, also known as…