Bijapur

Bijapur, officially known as Vijayapura, is the district headquarters of Bijapur District of Karnataka state of India. Bijapur city is well known for its historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty. Vijayapura is one of the popular heritage city located in the Karnataka state of India.

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Afzal Khan's Cenotaph is a historical landmark located around 5 Kms from the heart of Bijapur. It marks the burial ground for all of his wives, there are 64 graves in 11 rows with just one of it empty as one of his wives escaped the horific killing of all the others.

The cenotaphs are designed with eleven rows of tombs which added 64 burials, one for each of Afzal Khan's wives. Afzal Khan had executed all of his wives before going on an assembly in order to defeat and terminate Chatrapati Shivaji. The reason for conducting such a brutal and inhumane act was due to the prophecy of a...

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Ain-ul-mulk Tomb, Bijapur
7.5 kms from Bijapur city limits
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The Ain-ul-mulk Tomb was built in the memory of Ain-ul-Mulk, a noble in the court of Ibrahim Adil Shah I. The tomb of Ain-ul-Mulk is built in the village of Ainapur, which is a small village falling under the Bijapur Taluk or Bijapur District of Karnataka. Located at a distance of 7. 5 Kms from Bijapur or Vijayapura city.

Ain-ul-mulk was a noble at the court of Ibrahim Adil Shah I who reigned from 1534-58. Ain-ul-Mulk's tomb is at Ainapur, north of Bijapur (Vijayapur). The Ain-ul-Mulk Tomb was built in 1556 and features a massive square building surmounted by a dome with beautiful...

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Almatti Dam
71 kms from Bijapur city limits
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Almatti Dam is a hydroelectric power project on the Krishna River in North Karnataka, near Bijapur. There are gardens situated near the dam, Mughal Garden, Rock Garden and Krishna Gardens. The Almatti Dam is situated at Sitimani which is situated around 71 kms from Bijapur.

The Almatti Dam is the main reservoir of the Upper Krishna Irrigation Project. The 290 MW power station is located on the right side of the Almatti Dam. This facility uses vertical Kaplan turbines, five 55MW generators and one 15MW generator. Water is released in to the Narayanpur reservoir after using for power...

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Anand Mahal or also known as the Place of Delights was built in 1589 by Adil Shah II, the monument has two stories that were housed by the King and the Ladies of the Palace. Built on a grand scale, the Palace has beautifully ornated chambers and ornated walls, the monument is on all sides surrounded by gardens and florations. Situated at a mere distance of 750 metres from the Bijapur City Bus Stand, the distance can be covered in under 5 mins via the Jamiya Masjid Road and Mangoli Road.

It is the most conspicuous palace in Bijapur, and has a particularly fine large open halls. It h...

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Bijapur has many historical monuments which were built during Adil Shahi dynasty. The Archeological Museum is one these historic monuments in Bijapur. It is 3. 1 kilometre away from Vijayapura City and 1 kilometre from Bijapur Railway Station within the city limits.

Bijapur was known as Vijayapura during 10th to 11th centuries by the Chalukyas of Kalyani. Later it was named Bijapur at the end of 13th century. The Archaeological Museum is located with the compound of Gol Gumbaz Complex. Gol Gumbaz is one of the popular historic monuments in Bijapur and also the well-known museum of ...

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Bara Kaman, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
ArchitectureHistory

Ali ka Rauza or as called by Shah Nawab Khan, the Bara Kaman is the unfinished mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II, situated in Bijapur. The historical monument is the tomb of Ali Adil Shah II, his wives and daughters, the tomb is an exeptional piece of architecture which was originally planned out with 12 arches being placed horizontally and vertically, hence the name. Located in the city at Station Road, Gacchinakatti Colony, the Bara Kaman is 1. 2 km from the heart of Bijapur.

Bara Kaman was built is 1672 by Ali Adil Shah II, it was originally supposed to be the burial site, tomb of t...

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Bijapur Fort
Within Bijapur city limits
ArchitectureHistory

The Bijapur Fort, located in the Bijapur city, has a number of historical monuments of architectural importance which were built during the rule of Adil Shahi dynasty. The buildings seen in and around Bijapur Fort have been rightly called as the 'Agra of South India'.

The rich history of the fort, the citadel and other structures are an important part of the cultures of the city. The fort and the citadel or Arkilla and the Faroukh Mahal were built by Yusuf Adil Shah ,in the form of two concentric circles, with the skilled architects and artisans in 1556, whom he had inducted into his...

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Chand Bawdi, the astonishing and vast water tank , was built by Ali Adil Shah (1557–1580) on the eastern borders of Bijapur city.

When the empire of Vijayanagar collapsed, people in large numbers moved to Bijapur. A new settlement started in the city which increased the need for better infrastructure and basic amenities. Chand Bawdi was constructed with a storage capacity of 20 million litres to provide water to the people. Sometime later, this tank became an ideal model for other tanks built in the city of Bijapur. A grandeur complex came up around it, which was mainly used to house...

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Symbolizing the strength and glory of Adil Shahis, Gagan Mahal, which was built by Ali Adil Shah in the year 1561, is an eminent place of the city Bijapur. It is located around 2km from the Bijapur city center, in the state of Karnataka. The place is famous for its historical architectural beauty and the three arches, in which the center one is the tallest and the widest among the city. Most of the part of the monument is ruined and the leftovers are now a part of a park.

This place serves for two-fold purposes, as a Royal Residence, and as Darbar Hall. Royal residence is located on...

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Galaganatha group of the temples are located in Aihole, which is an important historical site in the Bijapur district. It is a large cluster of temples, which preserves Hindu and Jain temples. These temples belong to the period, which goes from 6th to 12th centuries, belonging to the early and late Chalukya periods and to the Rashtrakuta era. Most of the parts of the site are ruined, but the remaining are still standing with significant might and powerful look. This makes the place a popular destination near Bijapur and gets numerous visitors every year. It is located at a distance of 111 kms ...

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Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
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Gol Gumbaz, located in Bijapur and constructed in 1656 (started in 1626), is the mausoleum of king Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. It follows the style of Deccan architecture and the name is based on Gola gummata derived from Gol Gombadh meaning "circular dome". It took 30 years to complete this fine piece of architecture.

The grey basalt structure sits proudly in a beautiful and well-maintained complex about 2 Km from the city of Bijapur, the erstwhile capital of the Adil Shahi rulers. One of the most striking and grand royal tombs to be built in India, it is aptly known as t...

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Just outside the city wall of Bijapur at around 2km on the western side is located this amazing architectural beauty, the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his queen Taj Sultana. The Persian architect, Malik Sandal, built it in 1627. This place is also known as 'Ali Rauza'. It is one of the top monuments in the heritage city Bijapur.

The monument consists of two square shaped structures with delightful cravings on it. One of the structures constitutes of the tombs of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his queen Taj Sultana and the other structure constitutes of a mosque. These structures are ...

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An unfinished mausoleum of Jahan Begum, the wife of Muhammad Adil Shah, is located in Ainapur around 4km from Bijapur town in the state of Karnataka. The tomb is ruined with time. This historical tomb was planned to be built away from Gol Gumbaj, the tomb of Muhammad Adil Shah. The tomb has a mystical history related to its incomplete structure.

It was very rare of the queen, Jahan Begum to have her own mausoleum built and that too away from the tomb of her king Muhammad Adil Shah. Generally, the queens were buried along with their kings. The mausoleum was designed in the same way Go...

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Jala Manzil, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
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Jala Manzil was water pavilion used by the royal family to enjoy sports activities. While the activities might have ceased, one can still see the grandeur built within the citadel. Gardens and courts surround the majestic water body. Lying north of the Saat Manzil, the structure is square in shape and stands in the middle of a dry reservoir. In medieval times, it was exclusively reserved for royal family members.

Located close to the Sat Manzil, Jala Manzil is a water pavilion. Most of it is in ruins. Saat Manzil and Jal Manzil are part of the Citadel which was enclosed within the ...

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Jod Gumbaz, Bijapur
13 kms from Bijapur city limits
ArchitectureHistory

Jod Gumbaz stands not only stands because of its structural design but also as a remainder of the betrayal meted out to Adil Shahi Dynasty. Architecturally and historically, the place holds an important place in the history of Bijapur. The place lies around 13 kms from Bijapur, Karnataka.

The complex accommodates two cenotaphs and houses tombs built at considerable height. Also called as Abdul Razzaq Dargah among the city inhabitants, the place was completed in the year 1687. The tombs of Khan Mohammad and Abdul Razzaq Qadiri are housed inside the cenotaphs. The occupants of the to...

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Jumma Masjid, Bijapur
45 kms from Bijapur city limits
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Around 45 kms away from the Bijapur city, lies Jumma Masjid. The Jumma Masjid, Bijapur stands as a reminder of the conquests of Ali Adil Shah I. The mosue was built close to the eastern citadel of the Bijapur city but was not completed due to unknown reasons. A few features were later added by Aurangazeb.

The mosque is an example of Indo Islamic architecture. The mosque was built after the Battle of Rakkasagi-Tangadadi in the year 1578. The battle which occurred in 1565 at Talikota saw the defeat of the Vijaynagara empire. The mosque is one of the largest and oldest in the Southern...

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Located at the confluence of River Krishna and River Malaprabha, Kudala Sangama serves as an important pilgrimage centre for the Lingayat Community. The place lies around 91 kms from Bijapur. It was known as Kappadi Sangama in earlier times. The place was developed during the 12th and 13th century to its current form.

The place is marked by rich history and has several architectural wonders housed in its complex. Lord Basava or Basavanna was the founder of Lingayat Community and a great social reformer. He was norn in Bagewadi in Bijapur district to Madiraja, the chief of township ...

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Malik-e-Maidan, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
Architecture

Malik-e Maidan ("monarch of the plains" or "Lord of the Battlefield") set up by Muhammad Adil Shah is a huge cannon located at Upli Burz Rd, Sholapur, Vijayapura, Karnataka, 3kms from the city center.

Malik-e Maidan in Bijapur is one of the well known monuments in the heritage of city. It is huge cannon placed on the top of a tower in Bijapur. Malik-e-Maidan can be translated as "monarch of the plains" to english. The structure was erected by the famous Bijapur ruler, Ibrahim Adil Shah 2 during the 16th century. The cannon is famous as the largest cannon used in India during the me...

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Mehtar Mahal, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
Architecture

Mehtar Mahal is located in the Bijapur fort in the district of Bijapur in the state of Karnataka in South India lying within the city limits.

It dates back to 1620, though it is sized modestly, it is one of the significant structures in this particular fort. In Indo-Saracenic style and pattern, the entry gate has been built. The domestic and foreign tourists visit the Bijapur Fort; they throng to visit the Mehtar Mahal because of its historical and architectural significance. It is an unique structure that standout among other magnificent structures within and outside the Fort prem...

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Mithari and Asar mahals are 17th century architectural designs built by the famous Adil Shah dynasty in an Indo-Islamic style. It is located about 2. 2 km from Bijapur city in the state of Karnataka and can be reached by bus, car. It is a popular tourist spot with visitors all throughout the year.

The Mithari mahal or Mehtar mahal is not a palace as the name suggests, but a beautiful ornamental gateway which leads to a mosque and lush garden. It is adorned with beautifully carved walls. The most interesting fact, about this historical monument is that, it was built by a sweeper wit...

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Sangeeta Nari Mahal, Bijapur
8 kms from Bijapur city limits
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Located at Navraspur which is 8 kms away from Bijapur town, Sangeeta Nari Mahal is a palace which was an important structure that represented Adilshahi architecture, being enclosed by a high wall and reservoir. Built in the 16th century, this palace is in ruins.

Visitors walk the green lawn located near the reservoir, towards the grand arch that welcomes them into the palace. The sultans of Bijapur were great patrons of art and music, hence Ibrahim Adil Shah built this palace as a cultural place where dance, music and other forms of art could be performed, taught and propagated. To...

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Sat Manzil, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
Architecture

The seven storied tower is located near the Gagan Mahal, in Bijapur. Originally being a watchtower, The Sat Manzil overlooks the moat girdling, the bastions, and the battlements of the citadel.

Being one of the several evocative sites in the Citadel, the ruins of Mohammed Adil Shah's seven storied watchtower, the Sat Manzil is a major tourist attraction. Many stories of the palace or watchtower are destroyed, but tourists still can’t seem to get enough of this destination. The structure is surrounded by several other monuments, along with walls which mark the boundaries of the fort...

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Sath Kabar, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits

The calm area covered by 60 graves is known as Sath Kabar. Built by Afzal Khan, this place is located in Bijapur City.

Sath Kabar basically means 60 graves, and the location is populated by the ruins of graves of 60 ladies. Sath Kabar witnessed the brutal murder of Afzal Khan's wives, who were murdered by their husband himself. Before accepting the orders of Ali Adil Shah II, Afzal Khan visited an astrologer who informed him about his loss and death in the war against Shivaji. These prophecies got Afzal Khan worried, leading him to bringing his wives to this location and brutally m...

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Sherza Burj, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
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Sherza Burj is one of the main attractions of Bijapur. Sherza Burj means lion gate. It is located between the Shahpur Gate and Mecca Gate and is famous for having 14' long cannon, which is popularly known as Malik-e-Maidan, which means the King of the battlefield. It is located in the premises of Gol Gumbaj. Tourists visiting the Gol Gumbaj must not miss it.

It is historic place and special attraction of the place is the cannon named Malik-e-Maidan. What makes it unique is the fact that it is the largest medieval cannon of not only India, but of the whole world. It is said that the...

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Shivgiri Temple is a Hindu temple, where 85 feet tall Shiva Statue is installed. It is the second largest Shiva statue in India and the fourth largest in the world constructed by Banakatti Charitable Trust. It is made up of cement and steel and located at Sindagi Road at Shivapur. It has become a pilgrimage place and attracts tourists in huge numbers. It is located at a distance of just three kilometres from the main Bijapur city.

Since the statue of Shiva is very tall it is an open temple. It is one of the grand statues of India, which has been built in the current century. It was...

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Taj bawadi is located at Godbole Mala, Vijayapura 1. 5 km from the city center of Bijapur.

Taj Bawadi is a great water tank built by Ibrahims II for the remembrance his wife Taj Sultana. This is an arch surrounded by two octagonal towers in its front and east and west wings of the towers form rest houses. This famous well is situates in the heart of the Bijapur city. One of the mythologies with this well is that once a stone was thrown from one end it does not reach the other end. It is believed that this well has more than 100ft depth. Taj Bawadi, the living well of Birjapur is on...

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Torvi Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is situated in Torvi village which is 5 kms away from Bijapur. This is a Hindu temple devoted to god Narasimha.

Torvi Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is the most important temple among all the temples of Torvi. This temple is also known by the name of Narashoba temple. It is believed by the locals that at this temple Kumara Valmiki composed the very famous Thoravi Ramayana in the Kannada language. This temple has been constructed underground. To see the idol visitors have to travel through a tunnel which suddenly dips at about 3 to 4 feet. It may be problema...

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Upli Buruz, Bijapur
Within Bijapur city limits
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Upli Buruz is a historical monument in Bijapur. It is actually a watchtower located on the western walls of the ancient Bijapur city. It is present inside the present city border so any tourist can reach this place on road. Upli Buruz is 80ft (24 m) high tower which took several years to be constructed.

Upli Buruz was made by Hyder Khan in AD 1584. Hyder Khan was one of the famous commanders in Adil Shahi’s army. This watchtower was built to strengthen the security of Bijapur city, as it was the administrative capital of Adli Shahi. It is built in a cylindrical shape with an extern...

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