Sajjangad is located near the city of Satara, at about 126 kms from Pune. It is the final resting place of Sant Ramdas, a saint, Guru of Chatrapati Shivaji and social reformer in 17th century India. Sajjangad is a popular place of pilgrimage.
This fort was known by the name of Asvalayana Rishi, since he lived here for many years in ancient times. Then it was called Aswalyagad due to the number of Aswals or bears wandering there.The fort was made by Bahamani Emperors in between (1347-1527). After that in (1527-1686) it came under Adilshah dynasty. Mughal king defeated Adilshah and the fort came under Mughal rule. Previously known as Parali, it was renamed to Sajjangad after Shivaji Maharaj requested Shri Ramdas Swami to set up his permanent monastery.
The maintenance of the fort and the Samadhi of Ramdas is taken care by Ramdas Swami Sansthan, a trust which has existed since the time of Shri Ramdas Swami. The daily routine of the trustees on the fort includes morning prayers, Abhishek and Puja, Maha Naivedya, Bhajans and reading of the manuscript Dasbodh written by Sant Ramdas. The fort is open for devotees from sunrise to sunset. Entry and exit beyond these hours is restricted. In the afternoon, trustees of Sajjangad serves a food (as prasad) to the devotees.Recently the Ramdas Swami Sansthan trust has built a dharmashala for the devotees for free of cost stay. Every year during Shiv Jayanti thousands of devotees visit the shrine by walking up to it.
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