Sajjangad which means “fort of good people” in Marathi language is the place where saint Ramdas took samadhi. It is a popular pilgrimage centre in Maharashtra. The fort is located about 15 km from Satara city. There are many ST buses plying from Satara, one every hour, starting from 7.30 in the morning.
Having spent my morning in Thoseghar Waterfall, I decided to visit
Sajjangad in the late afternoon. It’s about 12 km from the waterfalls. I reached the gad at around 4.00 pm, there are hundreds of steps to climb before venturing into the fort. The fort has only one gate and rest of the sides of the fort have cliff on all sides. The gate is open from 5.00 am to 9.00 pm. There are a couple of darwaja which you cross before you enter into the fort premises.
Inside the fort there are many mandirs of Lord Hanuman, also while entering the fort one will encounter numerous Lord Hanuman mandir. The place where the samadhi exists is the Lord Rama temple, various functions take place in this temple throughout the
day. Then there is the place just besides this Rama mandir which had lot of artifacts of Saint Ramdas, most of them have been gifted by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to his guru Saint Ramdas. There are various vessels used daily, there is a palang (bed), sword, etc.
One can stay inside the fort for free, as there is accommodation
facility available courtesy Ramdas Swami Sansthan. There is also maha prasad available in the afternoon and evening.
The fort offers picturesque views of the surroundings. One can see the Umrodi dam from one side, on the other side one can view the windmills.
The fort was built by Bahamani Sultanate in between 1347-1527, it
changes hands from them to Adilshah to Mughal to Shivaji. There is a name plate regarding the original builders at one of the gate in Persian language.
I attended the prathana from 6.00-7.15 pm, then couldn’t attend the aarti as it started raining heavily, had the evening prasad, stayed for a night on the fort, also I brought Dasbodh which is the famous book written by Saint Ramdas. In the morning I descended, caught the 1st bus to Satara at 8.00 am.
The 2 days trip to Satara cost me Rs 2900(ticket Rs 350 + Hotel Rs 600 + Books Rs 600 + Food and Travel within Satara Rs 1300) including travel from Mumbai. It included Kas Pathar, Bamnoli, Thoseghar Waterfalls and Sajjangad.