- Fortified town was once the capital of the Bahamani’s and the Barid Shahi’s.
- Bahamani Empire broke into fours kingdoms and Ahmad Shah I, the 9th Bahamani ruler shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1424.
- Rebuilt the old Hindu fort and also made beautiful palaces and gardens.
- Bahamani’s were succeeded by Barid Shahi dynasty, which ruled here from 1487 to 1619, when it was annexed by Bijapur.
- Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor captured of Muslim architecture in the Deccan.
- It is also an important Sikh and Hindu pilgrim centre.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (HYD), 136 kms away from Bidar city.
- Rail: Bidar Railway Station, Bidar, 2 kms away from Bidar city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE:
FORT & MONUMENTS
Bidar Fort Chaubara
Nanak Jhira Narasimha Jheera
Madrasa of Mahamud Gawan
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
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ATTRACTIONS OF BIDAR
- Stronghold of the Bahamani Kings in the 14th and 15th centuries was built by Ahmad Shah Bahamani between 1426 and 1432.
- There are five Darwazas (gateways) of the fort and within its precincts are fine palaces and tombs.
- 71 feet high watch tower is set in the heart of Bidar town.
Madrasa of Mahamud Gawan:
- It was built in 1472, by Muhammad III.
- It was a renowned centre of learning, attracting scholars from all over the Muslim world.
- Sikh pilgrim site is associated with a miracle of Guru Nanak, the first guru of the Sikhs.
- He is said to have visited here during a severe famine and created a Jheera (spring) of crystal clear water.
- Sacred site is marked by a huge Gurudwara.
- It is the only subterranean stream of Karnataka.
- Cave with waist deep water has an image of Lord Narasimha.
- Papanaash, the sacred shrine of Lord Shiva is visited by a large number of devotes.