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Going into history of Murud:

Murud was the 15th-16th century capital of the Siddis of Janjira. This indomitable fortress inspired the Maratha chieftain Shivaji to launch several attacks, but the fort remained unconquerable to the last.

History of Janjira fort:
Janjira means the fort surrounded by sea.

The Janjira fort, built in the mid-16th century, was originally a wooden fortress built by the Murud fishermen to protect their village from pirates. Burankhan, the minister of the ruler of Ahmednagar, Nizamshah, later demolished the fortress and built an impregnable stone fort in its place. Janjira fort had a number of towers and turrets where huge guns and cannons were kept in perpetual readiness to ward off enemies. Shivaji, Sambhaji and the Peshwas tried, in turn, to take over the fort, but the Marathas, British or Portuguese could never capture Janjira.

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It all began one fine chilling night when the Siddi pirates from Abssynia massacred Ram Patil and his me and seized the wooden bastion which he held on that island.They rapidly fortified the island and the inner fort was completed under Burhan Khan ?Thanedar? of Rajpuri in 1571.The outer ramparts were completed by 1728 by Siddi Sural Khan. Janjira was a winner from beginning and soon became an invincible base for the Siddis who marauded trading vessels all along the Malabar coast right upto Bassein. Shivaji sent no less than four offensives against the Janjira while Sambhaji himself led an offensive but were unsuccessful.So did the Peshwas and the Angreys of Alibag only to fail each and everytime.Today the Janjira remains unconquered and as formidable as ever.The sight of its menacing ramparts still sends a chill down the spine.The memory of ite awesome structure and fierce history will enter your mind never to leave.

Palace of Nawab:
This ruler of Janjira moved into a magnificient palace in 1885.He was by then recognized as the Nawab of the princely state by the British empire.The palace is designed with a fusion of Mugal and Gothic architecture is built on a cliff?s edge with a magnificient view of Murud and the Arabian sea.

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