Shivneri Fort is one of the most magnificent as well as historically rich forts of India. Shivneri Fort is away from Pune City (India). Shivneri Fort was built under the aegis of Sahaji, the father of Shivaji, who wanted a strong fortification that could protect his family from the enemies. Infact, Jijabai (Shivaji's mother) spent the days of her pregnancy here and it was here only that Shivaji Maharaj was born, in indeed a massive fort with steep rocks on all sides and sturdily built bastions. In such a safe and sound place did Queen Jijabai give birth to Shivaji on 19 February 1630.
Goddess Shivani Temple on the fort. The local people of the area believe that Shivaji was named so, after the Goddess only.
Shivaji was spent playing inside the compound of the fort. He received most of his basic education here only and the lessons he learnt here were responsible, to quite an extent, in shaping his personality as a great ruler.