Bhadurgad /Dharmaveer gad

Bhadurgad /Dharmaveer gad


Bhadurgad is situated 100km east of Pune, it takes about two hours to get there on mostly good roads. There are two main sites to explore in the immediate area; a small collection of temples located near the banks of the river Bhima, and a much ruined fort and palace complex immediately next to the temples.

The Shri Laxmi Narayan temple is the best preserved of the Hemadpanthi temples on the site. The carvings outside the temple are quite exceptional.




But for me the highlight were the carved windows, in all manners of shapes which created a very special feel once inside the temple. Of course, from a photographic perspective it was irresistible as well, and in all likelihood you will have the temple completely to yourself to enjoy.







Immediately next to the Shri Laxmi Narayan temple is the Shri Baleshwar Temple, not in such a good state of preservation but still worth exploring. I’m not sure I have the name right for this temple, it’s hard to find any references to it on the internet. The setting for both these temples is amazing, right on the banks of the river offering a glorious 180 degree view.



There is hardly anything left of the old fort now, except for a few ruined structures that for the most part stand in isolation from one another. It’s a short walk around to explore these and see what you come across.





The fort is famous for two events.

  • When the Indian warrior king Shivaji Raje heard news of the arrival of the two hundred trained Arabian stallions at Bhadurgad, he deliberately leaked the news that he was planning to attack Bhadurgad. Intially 2,000 men attacked the fort and then retreated with Bahadur Khan in hot pursuit with his army. Luring the mughals 20km away from the fort, the Marathas then dispersed into the landscape. Meanwhile, the remaining 6,000 Maratha contingent attacked the fort, taking away all the gold and horses.
  • Later after death of Shivaji in 1689, Sambhaji Raje was captured at Sangameshwar and was brought to Bhadurgad as a prisoner. Here he was subjected to a horrific torture and eventual death when he refused to be converted to Islam. The account of what they did to him is beyond comprehension, if you have the stomach for it you can read it here.

Bhadurgad has been renamed as Dharmaveergad in the memory of Sambhaji Raje.
Heading further away from the river you will come across a few other ruined temples (one may be called the Shri Rameshwar Temple, again, I’m not 100% sure of that), until you reach a small village with a more modern and very colourful temple along with a collection of Jain thirthankars and other idols that have been collected together.





This is a lovely day excursion from Pune, immersing yourself into the surrounding countryside and visiting a really interesting site that doesn’t appear to be that frequently visited.

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17 replies »

  1. Any idea of the history of the place beyond th shivaji and shambhaji connection? I checked the net but didn’t come up with much…the temples look older in fact

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  2. Mr. Kevin I was surprised to found this blog. Because Dharmaveer Gad or Bahadurgad is such a remote place and quite unknown one.
    Well I am rrally glad you visited it and these photographs are really awesome so as those temples in real.

    Further I would like to give you some information about our NGO who is working hard to preserve Bahadurgad.

    The name of Our NGO is “Shri Shivdurg Samvardhan”. I request you too check our website :

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  3. Very informative. Will defnt.visit. Didnt know of it even though staying in Pune for last 40 yrs !!!
    Thanks for the superb photos and detailed study Kevin.


  4. Hello Kevin, Thank you so much for giving this lovely photos of our history.

    Most of the people in pune didnt know about this place

    Your an outsider but still your doing a wonderful job

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