When you search, “father of Indian navy” on google, it replies, “Shivaji Maharaj”.
Many secular Indians shocked to know that Shivaji considered as the father of Indian Navy. Few days back I have found many debates on this in social media and now uncover the truth of legend.
Unfortunately the politics of this nation have been praising the Mughals and British and the piggyback media have been spreading lies and neuro-marketing the garbage of this nation. Now the social media is kicking back to presstitutes and glorifying the reality of our true warriors and ideologues.
When Islamic invaders were ruling over India and busy in raping Hindu women and girl children, demolish the temples and convert people into Islam, Veer Shivaji was the first king of India who thought about the safety of water boundaries to protect the nation.
In order to secure the water boundaries and annihilate the enemies in the ocean, Shivaji chose Kurte island and made a very big fort “SindhuDurg”.
The saga of Sindhu Durg:
In 1664-67 AD, Shivaji erected this fort on 48 acres of island. Shivaji Maharaj personally selected this site, a rocky island, Kurte. It took 500 stone splitters and stone breakers, 200 black smiths, 3000 laborers and 100’s of skilled artists who toiled very hard to complete this fort in three years. A notable feature is that the foundation stones were laid down firmly in molten lead. This is evident from the stone inscriptions. One of the best preserved forts of the Marathas, the 48 acre Sindhudurg fort has a four kms long zigzag line of 9 meters high and 3 meters wide rampart with 42 bastions.
Initially, 3 kms. Long outer wall (Tat) was built. Average height of wall is 10 meters and breadth is 2 to 4 meters. The design of main door is an enigma. It has been a hallmark of Maratha Architecture of fort building. It defies detection of its location to the attacker. The technique was so deceptive for the enemy that they could not even realize where the entrance was due to blind curves. Zigzag pattern of outer wall was so built that the enemy would be visible from any point inside the fort and the troops inside could fire their guns and cannons effectively and humble the enemy. Cores of hones (gold coins) form Surat bounty, were spent to build this wonderful fort.
The fort is approachable from the Malvan pier by a boat through a narrow navigable channel between two smaller islands of Dhontara and Padmagad.. Fort is completely cut off during the monsoons.
This visionary make Shivaji Maharaj, the father of Indian Navy.
By air: Nearest airports are Goa, Mumbai.
By rail: Nearest railhead is Kudal, 45 k.m. on Konkan Railway.
By road: Mumbai–Malvan, 546 k.m. Kolhapur–Malvan, 160 k.m.
Why Shivaji is considered as the “Father of the Indian Navy”!