Chakan Fort



Sangram Durga is a land fort situated at Chakan, Pune, India. It is famous for its defense byFirangoji Narsala a renownedMaratha warrior and military leader in the army of Shivaji, a Maharaja of the Maratha Empire, against a Mughal army led byShaista Khan in 1660 .


Firangoji was a Killedar(commander) of this fort in Chakan (Pune). When Shaista Khan invaded Pune with a lakh of soldiers, he selected Sangram Durga as the first target. He attacked the fort with 10,000 soldiers. Firangoji Narsala was prepared for this attack, despite only having 200 soldiers at his disposal. Just before this attack Shivaji had asked his commander to leave the fort, however Firangoji decided not to abandon the fort and instead started a fierce guerrilla war against the Mughals and defended the fort for almost two months.

The Mughals tried another way of taking the fort. They dug a tunnel up to the fort; which was a challenge because of the water around it. They filled this tunnel with explosives and blew up the wall of the fort. This was a major setback for Firangoji and his soldiers; 75 soldiers died in this attack. The Mughal army rushed into the fort; fierce fighting ensued and many Maratha soldiers were killed.

The Mughals tried another way of taking the fort. They dug a tunnel up to the fort; which was a challenge because of the water around it. They filled this tunnel with explosives and blew up the wall of the fort. This was a major setback for Firangoji and his soldiers; 75 soldiers died in this attack. The Mughal army rushed into the fort; fierce fighting ensued and many Maratha soldiers were killed.