Founded in 1490, it became the capital of the important Deccan kingdom of Ahmadnagar; it was captured (1600) by Akbar's forces after heroic resistance. In the mid-18th cent. it was taken by the Marathas. The fort was used by British for political prisoners, including Nehru (1942–45).
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