Akola Fort

Akola fort (also called Asadgad) along with the Narnala and Akot forts forms the major fortifications of the Akola district, Maharashtra, India.[1]

Akola Fort
Akola district, Maharashtra
Akola Fort
Akola Fort
Akola Fort is located in Maharashtra
Akola Fort
Akola Fort
Coordinates20°42′22″N 76°59′24″E / 20.706225°N 76.990019°ECoordinates: 20°42′22″N 76°59′24″E / 20.706225°N 76.990019°E
TypeHill fort
Site information
OwnerGovernment of India
Controlled byMughal Empire
Open to
the public
Site history
Built byAsad Khan
Garrison information
Asad Khan, Arthur Wellesley


Its earliest form of mud was made by one Akol Singh to protect the village. He saw a hare chasing a dog and considering this to be an auspicious sign, he built an earthen wall here to protect the village. Akola was heavily fortified in 1697 CE during the reign of Aurangzeb by Asad Khan,[1] from whom the fort took its name (Asadgad). In 1803, Arthur Wellesley camped here before proceeding to win the Battle of Argaon in the Second Anglo-Maratha War.[2] The fortress was dismantled by the British Raj in about 1870. It was reported in 1910 in a district gazetteer that the central part of the fort (the hawakhana) was used as a school.[3]

Major features

Akola fort is notable in that it is bereft of any decorative embellishments.[2]

There are several inscriptions on the fort. An inscription on the Dahi handa gate gives its date of construction as 1114 AH (1697 CE)deepak, 'during the reign of emperor Aurangzeb when Nawab Asad Khan was minister.' Another on the Fateh Buruj bastion has no exact date. It too mentions the same minister but a different emperor (Shah Alam).[2][3] One on the Eidgah contains texts and a statement that the building was finished by Khawja Abdul Latif in 1116 AH (1698 CE). On the Agarves gate an inscription in Marathi reads that Govind Appaji in 1843 CE constructed the fort. The latter statement contradicts all the other inscriptions.[3]

Shri Raj Rajeshwar Mandir

Akola's oldest Shiva temple is Rajeshwar Mandir. The Shiv temple was built by Chola Empire king Raj Rajeswar.


While King Akolsingh was living in the Asadgad Fort, there is a famous story associated with this payas temple. Every night his queen went to this temple to worship Lord Shiva at midnight. Once King Akolsingh thought that his queen was going out at midnight for illicit reasons, so he followed her with a sword; the queen came to know that King Akolsingh was following her. She felt gloomy and guilty and went straight to the Shiva temple and pleaded to the god that her husband the king was thinking wrong about her, and that it was insulting that he was having no faith in her loyalty and her character. So she pleaded to be allowed into Shiva's Pind (Shiva Ling) (a stone of God Shiva that is worshipped)". The Shiva ling broke in two parts and the queen jumped in, and then it was closed. The king understood his mistake and could not forgive himself. Still the Shiva ling in this temple has a little crack which is said to corroborate this story. This temple is the base aastha of this Akola city. There are 2 bridges: the first one is the dagadi pool (stone bridge) (also known as 'chota pool' meaning smaller bridge) and the other is lokhand pool (iron bridge) (also known as 'motha pool' meaning bigger bridge). This iron bridge was built at the time of British rule.

See also

List of forts in Maharashtra


  1. ^ a b "Friends of Forts". Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  2. ^ a b c Blackinston, J.F. (1927). Annual Report of the Archaeological Survey of India. Government of India. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  3. ^ a b c "Akola District Gazetteer". Retrieved 2009-02-04.
Akola (disambiguation)

Akola may refer to:

Akola, a city in the state of Maharashtra, India

Akola district, a district of the state of Maharashtra, India

Akola (Lok Sabha constituency), a Lok Sabha constituency of Maharashtra, India

Akola Airport

Akola Fort

Akola, Agra, in Uttar Pradesh, India

Akola, Chittorgarh, a village in Rajasthan


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Ahmednagar district
Akola district
Amravati district
Aurangabad district
Dhule district
Kolhapur district
Latur district
Mumbai city district
Mumbai suburban district
Nagpur district
Nanded district
Nashik district
Osmanabad district
Palghar district
Pune district
Raigad district
Ratnagiri district
Satara district
Sindhudurg district
Thane district

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