Shivdurg Mitra Lonavla was established on Vijayadashami in 1980 by VK Gaikwad (Founder) along with Late Gangadhar (Shashibhau) Vartak, Late Yashwant Tikone, Late Prakash Kajle, Suresh Kedari, Vasant Tikone, Vasant Kedari and others. The organization was working for the purpose of walking around the fort, wandering, studying the fort and cleaning the fort. She was also organizing tree planting and blood donation camps. Under the guidance of Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare, Kai Goni Dandekar, Gad Kot Bhramanti started. Then we started conserving the fort. Since 2000, a daily wreath-laying scheme has been started for the equestrian statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Lonavla.
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