Sajja Kothi - Fort Panhala #2 by Prasad

Sajja Kothi - Fort Panhala #2 by 

Panhala fort was built between 1178 and 1209 CE, one of 15 forts built by the Shilahara ruler Bhoja II. A copper plate found in Satara shows that Raja Bhoja held court at Panhala from 1191–1192 CE. About 1209–10, Bhoja Raja was defeated by Singhana (1209–1247), the most powerful of the Devgiri Yadavas, and the fort subsequently passed into the hands of the Yadavas.

Under the rule of Shivaji, the Great

In 1659, after the defeat & death the Bijapur general Afzul Khan in the battle of Pratapgad, in the ensuing confusion Shivaji, the Great took Panhala from Bijapur.

In May 1660, to win back the fort from Shivaji, the Great, Adil Shah II (1656–1672) of Bijapur sent his army under the command of Siddi Johar to lay siege to Panhala. Shivaji, the Great fought back and they could not take the fort. The siege continued for 4 months, at the end of which all provisions in the fort were exhausted and Shivaji, the Great was on the verge of being captured.

Under these circumstances, Shivaji, the Great decided that escape was the only option. He gathered a small number of selected soldiers along with his trusted commander Baji Prabhu Deshpande and, on 12 July 1660 night, they escaped in the dead of night to flee to Vishalgad. Baji Prabhu and Shivaji, the Great used successfully his dummy – a barber, Shiva Kashid, who looked like him, kept the enemy engaged, giving them an impression that Shiva Kashid was actually Shivaji, the Great. In the ensuing battle ( the Battle of Pavan Khind ), almost three quarters of the one thousand strong force died, including Baji Prabhu himself. The fort went to Adil Shah. It was not until 1673 that Shivaji, the Great could occupy it permanently. At the height of Shivaji’s power in 1678, Panhala housed 15,000 horses and 20,000 soldiers

Sajja Kothi – on Fort Panhala

Sajja Kothi is a one-storey structure built by Ibrahim Adil Shah in 1500 CE. It is also built in the Bijapuri style. Sajja Kothi was constructed as a viewing pavilion looking over the valley below. The domed upper chambers have faceted pendentives with the balconies hanging over the ramparts of the fort. This is where Shivaji imprisoned his son, Sambhaji, when he threatened to defect to Aurangzeb.

Equipment : Canon EOS 7D, Canon 10 – 22 mm lens @ 10 mm & ND4 filter.

Av – F8.0, Tv – 0.4, 0.5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, ISO – 100. Tripod mounted.

Location : Panhala, Kolhapur, India

Processing : Photomatix HDR generated work. Five bracketed RAW files @ -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 stops & cooked in Photomatix Pro 4.1, final tonemapped image was processed in CS6.

Copyright © Prasad 2011



  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 2 years ago

    What a fabulous historic place Prasad! Suits HDR beautifully.

  • shallay
    shallayover 2 years ago

    Striking effect, and the angle reinforces the fort feeling – gorgeous outcome

  • kenspics
    kenspicsover 2 years ago

    Very dynamic and powerful photography Prasad.!!!
    Excellent HDR processing!!

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 2 years ago

    Awesome fort Prasad…beautifully processed!!! Great to see you again! *-)

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurover 2 years ago

    Excellent shot Prasad!!

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture and history Prasad!!…wonderful HDR!!

  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Fantastic work :)

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