The fort and the citadel within it were built by Yusuf Adil Shah in 1565 in two concentric circles. The circumferential length of the fort’s outer wall, which encloses the old city, measures10 kilometres. It is strongly fortified with ninety-six large bastions. In addition, there are ten other bastions at the five main gateways which are arched and...more
Jumma Masjid is the largest mosque of Bijapur and was constructed in 1565. It has a prayer hall with fine aisles supported on massive pillars and has an impressive dome . The large courtyard also has a water tank. It is called also called the Jami masjid . The masjid spreads over an area of more than 10,000 square metres !. The mosque building is...more
Gagan Mahal was built by Adil Shah I in 1561 and was used as a palace as well as an audience hall. The central arch of Gagan Mahal is the tallest and widest among all the arches found in Bijapur. Mostly in ruins, the structure is now part of a fantastic park.It was the royal residence and darbar hall of Adil Shah I. The palace is situated on the...more
A Jain temple built to house a few Jain idols found in Bijapur dating from the 10th to the 14th centuries.The 10th century old idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath is unique and the only one in the world to be adorned by a 1008 headed serpent ! A true paradox in the Muslim town of Bijapur.more
This stocky antique cannon is one of the most famous guns in India.It is installed in the Fort of Bijapur. The name of the cannon means 'Monarch of the Plain '.It was cast from bell metal in the city of Ahmednagar and shifted to Bijapur in 1632.There are three inscriptions in Arabic and Persian on it's back.more
Built in 1650 by Adil Shah , it has one of the largest domes in the world measuring at 124 feet in diameter internally .The whispering gallery running round the majestic dome truly lives up to it's name.The slightest of sound made here turns into a series of loud echos.Probably the greatest feat of construction in India after the taj mahal in Agra.more
Bijapur's most famous monument is Golgumbaz, built in 1659. It has a dome of 38m in diameter and is the world's second largest. We arrived early one morning at sunrise and was almost the only visitors. We climbed up through the narrow dark stone stairs in one of the towers and came to the "whispering gallery" under the dome. When I stood on one...more
Malik-e-Maidan (The Monarch of the Plains) is the largest medieval cannon in the world. Being 4 m long, 1,5 m in diameter and weighing 55 tons, this gun was brought back from Ahmadnagar in the 17th century as a trophy of war by 400 oxen, 10 elephants and tens of men. It was placed on the Sherza Burj (Lion Gate) on a platform especially built for...more
Be aware that Bijapur also is called Vijapur(a).
After we bought the bus ticket we noticed that the name on our ticket was Vijapur not Bijapur... We got a bit nervous, maybe we bought the wrong ticket? We asked around and the locals where doing their indian head shaking and told us "yes it's Vijapur"... hm. We had to take the chance, and after 6 hours on a local bus we ended up where we wanted, Bijapur, and learned that the city is called Vijapur in Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra.
KUDALA SANGAMA is the place of Basava's religious reforms around 800 years ago. The famous rivers Krishna and Ghataprabha merge here.
To improve this historic place, the Government has established a Kudala Sangama Development Board to develop this place into a premier pilgrimage centre.
Kudala Sangama is 15 Km’s from Almatti (Dam Site ) and 45 Km’s from Bagalkot.
You can ascend a staircase that goes below the water to protect Kudala Sangama when the Almatti dam was built.