Narnala fort, standing upon an isolated hill of the Satpuda range, is 18 km north of Taluka Akot in Akola District, Maharashtra state, India. Narnala also was known as“Shahanur Fort”.
It is 973 meters above sea level and consists of three distinct hill forts. Jafarabad in the north-east, Narnala, the principal fort, in the center, and Teliagarh in the south-west. Currently, this area falls within the Melghat Tiger Reserve.
History Of Narnala Fort
The name Narnala was given after the Rajput Ruler Narnal Singh or Narnal Swami. The fort was built in 10 A.D. by Gond Kings. In the 15th Century Mughals have occupied and rebuild the fort and hence it has been called Shahnoor Fort.
The fort covers an area of 362 acres. It has six large and twenty-one small gates, also 360 watchtowers. The large gates are called the Delhi Darwaza, the Sirpur Darwaza, the Akot Darwaza, and the Shahanur Darwaza.
Architecture Of Narnala Fort
The innermost of the three gateways is the Shahnur or Mahakali gate. It is built of white sandstone and is highly ornate. Also, The Fort was decorated with conventional lotus flowers, a rich cornice, and Arabic inscriptions, and flanked by projecting balconies with panels of stone lattice-work displaying a considerable variety of design.
It is considered an example of Sultanate style of architecture. An inscription records the fact that the gate was built in the reign of Shahab-ud-din Mahmud Shah (Bahmani) by Fataullah Imad-ul-Mulk in 1486. A short verse from the Quran is also inscribed. Also, Narnala Fort Most famous fort For it’s Security & Hardness at the time of Mughal Empire.
It has an aqueduct and drains to catch rainwater. Along with 19 tanks, four of which are full throughout the year, this ensured a plentiful water supply to the fort residents. According to tradition a very old fort, Narnala was repaired by Ahmad Shah Bahamani around 1425 AD, and in 1487 AD it came under the control of Fateh-ullah Imad-ul-Mulk, Also, the founder of Imadshahi at Ellichpur, now called Achalpur. During Akbar’s rule. Narnala was a Suba. Narnala was captured by Parsoji Bhosale I in 1701 AD and remained with the Marathas till it was taken over by the British in 1803 AD. This is historically very famous fort which is very deep and with dense forest land situated on the hills of Satpuda i.e. at the hilly side of the Melghat. Nowaday’s we can reach to the fort by vehicle.
Best Viewing point Narnala Fort:
Amber Mahal, Shahanur gateway, Naksha Gateway, Mahakali gateway, Mehandi gateway, Akot gateway, Delhi gateway, Shirpur gateway and Moti Masjid. also, the 9-yard long large canon and two smaller canons and the tank built to contain oil and ghee.
How to Reach Narnala Fort
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|1. The distance between Akot – Narnala Fort 18 km.||Akola||Nagpur|
|2. The distance between Akola – Narnala Fort 66 km.|