Bhujia Fort – Gujarat’s Heritage You Must Know About

Bhujia Fort – Gujarat’s Heritage You Must Know About

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Bhujia Fort is located on the outer province of Bhuj in the Kuch district of Gujarat state, India. Bhujia fort is perched on top of Bhujia hill; it provides a strategic edge to the fort. The location of Bhujia Fort enables the residents of the fort to keep an eye on the area. Hence in the event of an attack, the army can be notified and actions can be taken in time.

Bhujia fort was built in order to protect the kingdom from its outer areas. The fort‘s construction was started by Jadeja Chief King Rao Godji who ruled the Kingdom of Kutch (between 1715-1718). It was completed during his son’s reign that is Deshalji I. The work of fortification of the hill was undertaken by Diwan of Deshalji I called Devakaran Sheth.  

The rulers of Bhuj mainly clashed with Mughal rulers of Gujarat, Muslim sultans of Sindh, and Rajputs of Kutch. Bhujia fort has seen six major battles, most of which took place between the years 1700- 1800.    

The first major battle happened when Mughal Viceroy Sher Buland Khan Invaded Kutch, eventually a furious battle was fought at Bhujia Fort during early years of rule of Deshalji I. At this the army  of Kutch was in unstable position luckily they were helped by group of Naga Bawas who happened to have visited the fort at the right for worshipping Snake god at the Nag temple of the fort.

Since then Naga Bawas clan held a special place in Kutch, they were also given prominent position during annual processions of Nag Panchami festival.

A flight of 200 steps leads one to the top of the summit. From the top of Bhujia fort, your eyes will truly have a blissful experience. Sunsets and Sunrises look particularly mesmerizing from this point.

Over the years it has been neglected hence Bhujia Fort is laying the state of ruins today. One reaches the fort after crossing two gates. The fort is in pretty shabby shape. The talks of restoring the fort are on but currently, there are some broken structures weak ramparts etc.

One of the Major attractions of this fort is Bhujang Nag Temple. Special pooja is performed to please the deity in this temple.

The top of the fort offers a mesmerizing view of Bhuj. It is believed that the fort is named after snake God Bhujanaga who is believed to the brother of Sheshnag (God of the snakes). In 1819 the fort was taken over by Col. William Coir of the British army. After independence the fort came in control of the Indian army, it remained with the army till 2001. Now it is opened to tourists and is controlled by the Government of India.

Other must-visit places of Gujarat LakhpatMahabat Maqbara, Modhera Sun TempleRoha FortJami MasjidRani ki VavLaxmi Vila PalaceChampaner – Pavagadh Archaeological parkSomnath Temple

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