Mud Forts, or Shivaji Killa, is made during Diwali in
Maharashtra. The small miniature mud forts made by children remembers the heroic deeds of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. These mud forts are made mainly by Marathi speaking people.
Usually, the mud forts are made during the Diwali week. Children dig up earth and make a miniature fort using clay. The structure of the miniature fort is based on any one of the famous forts of Shivaji Maharaj.
These miniature mud forts are then decorated with flags and toy horses, elephants, soldiers etc. Small idols of Shivaji Maharaj are also placed on the mud forts.
These miniature mud forts remind people of the valiant struggle and heroic deeds of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his soldiers.
Some of the old forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Pune and Sahyadri regions are famous for its unique architecture and impregnable design.
Today, ready made mud forts are also available in the market.