|The Indomitable Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad.www.ghumakkar.com|
|Capture of Devagiri Fort in 1633.en.wikipedia.org/wik|
|Canon, Daulatabad Fort, Maharaserawww.indiamike.com|
Built on a 200 meter high conical mesa or hill, it was the most powerful fort in the medieval period. The fort is well protected by deep moat, initial steep rock slopes running around the hill, besides it has three encircling walls - Amberkot, Mahakot and Kalakot
with bastions at its foot beefed up by complex defense system. The entrance to the gate is through the outer wall followed by a series of gateways with heavy doors and courts. The only means of access to the top is by a narrow bridge, with passage for not more than two people side by side. About midway the access gallery has steep stairs and at top it is covered by gratings. In case of war it is meant to form a hearth of fire and the flame will be kept going to prevent the entry of enemies. The main gate is huge and strong and the walls are thick pierced by openings for artillery. Yet another feature is the outer main door is studded and heavily spiked against elephant attack.So are the many doors in the fort. The other succeeding gate is defended by watch tower.
The Mogul ruler Aurangazeb installed a massive gun called ‘Menda Top’ for additional defense. Puzzling defense in this fort is a series of endless maze of curved passage corridors with certain gradient. Upon the entry of enemies, blazing torches will be pushed upon enemies or hot oil is poured down his path that can trap the forward moving enemies.
The fort itself is on top of a steep hill with sides dropping to the bottom dangerously. It is a tough job to cross the 40 feet deep moat that has lots of crocodiles first and then to scale the steep hill. The fort has the unique distinction having been remained undefeated in numerous battles centuries ago..