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Sanjan Peak or St. John's Peak, better known as BARAT HILL (today populary known as Bahrot by Parsees and Barda by the local tribals, the Warlis), 1760 feet high, stands about fourteen miles south of Sanjan (approx. 25 kms from Dahanu).1

It begins to rise about three miles from the shore, and from a round central mound slopes gradually to the north and south. It is (was) an important land-mark for sailors, being visible for forty miles in clear weather.1

In a cave cut out of the rock, in the form of a house with windows, doors and pillars, the Parsis hid their sacred fire when they fled from Sanjan.1

Barat is said to have been the residence of one Bhungli Raja, who, according to the local story, was so called from his having a magic bugle or bhungal, which sounded at his door without any one blowing it.1

(It seems possible that this Bhungli Raja was the chief of Baglan, which is probably a Hindu word slightly changed by the Musalmans into Garden-land. In a treaty which the Portuguese made in 1617 with Yadav Rana of Savta, an important place near Dahanu, they promised to have no dealings with the Bagulos the people of Vergi (O Chron. de Tis. IV. 22), which seems to mean the Baglanis the people of Bohrji, the hereditary title of the chiefs of Baglan. See Nasik Statistical Account, 184.)2


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1: Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency (Facsimile Reproduction) Thana Places of Interest. Originally printed in 1882. Volume XIV, pp. 304-305.

2: Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency (Facsimile Reproduction) Thana Places of Interest. Originally printed in 1882. Volume XIV, pp. 305, FOOT-NOTE 1
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