Bidar going students can visit various small scale industries engaged in bidri works, they can see the whole process starting from Alloy making to casting and finally finishing of Bidriware. Other industrial setup worth visiting are Mahatma Gandhi Sahakari Sakkare Karkhane and Gauri industries etc.
In the northern-most part of Karnataka lies Bidar-a tiny district steeped in history. The place which played host to the first capital of Rashtrakuta capital is included in this district which also is home to Basavakalyan, formerly known as Kalyani, the capital of Western Chalukyas and the Kalachuris.
However, Bidar is mainly known as a great medieval city and capital of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties. The fort, the cannons, palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and the massive monuments, all combine to make a visit to this place a truly memorable. Bidar witnessed the “religious revolution” under the Lingayat reformist Basavanna, founder of Shaivite sect of Virashaivas.
Sights to See
The historical fort of Bidar was a stronghold of the Bahamani Kings in the 14th and 15th centuries. The fort is surrounded by three miles of walls with 37 bastions, most of them surmounted with cannons. This fort was a source of irritation to the Mughal rulers of Delhi, and was finally conquered by Aurangzeb. The fort now lies in ruins.
Built by Ahmad Shah Bahmani between 1426 and 1432 A.D, has five Darwazas (gates) with imposing bastions lead into a little town nestling within the ramparts. Enter from the Gumbaz Darwaza and steps lead you to the Rangin Mahal. The royal residence has elaborately carved wooden pillars, Persian couplets engraved in encaustic tiles and exquisite mother-of-pearl inlay work.
Near the palace are the royal kitchens and the royal baths. Further on are the Ladies Apartments with a 16 columned prayer hall built in 1423.
Solah Kamba Masjid
The Solah Kamba Masjid, as it is popularly known, is the oldest Muslim building in Bidar and one of the largest in India. Not to be missed are the Gagan Mahal, the Diwan-E-Am where the fabulous turquoise throne once rested, the Takhat Mahal, the Royal Pavilion, the Hazar Kothari and the Naubat Khana.
Papnash Shiva Temple
As per the local traditional saying, the Shiva Linga idol in this temple is one of those installed by Lord Ram during the time of his journey back from Sri Lanka. The location of the temple in a valley is a feast to the eyes. Every year at the time of Shivrathri festival lot of tourists visit this place. A natural spring flows into a pond in front of the temple which is called ‘Papnasha’.
Narshimha Jhira Water Cave Temple
To visit the Narasimha Jheera, you have to tread for at least a furlong inside a cave with waist deep water (and countless bats hanging from the roof!) to seek the view of Lord Narasimha.
- The Mahatma Gandhi Sahakari Sakkare Karkhane Niyamity
- Gauri Industries Limited
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Mahamud Gawan Madrasa
The Madrasa of Mahamud Gawan is another important building in Bidar. Architecturally similar to Madrasa at Fez, this university was once a renowned center of learning, attracting scholars from all over the Muslim world.
Guru Nank Jhira
One of holiest places for Sikhs, Gurudwara Bidar attracts a large number of tourists from all parts of the country particularly during the months of November and March. Legend has it that Guru Nanak visited the palace while the land was in the grip of a famine The Guru performed a miracle at the request of the locals and a spring of water from the laterite rock mountain burst out. Till this day crystal clear water flows from the laterite trap. The belief is that drinking of this water cures many ailments.
Basavakalyan (80 km)
Basavakalyan, formerly known as Kalyani, was the capital of Western Chalukyas from 1050 to 1195. It also served as the capital of the Kalachuris. Its other claim to fame is its being the birthplace of Lingayat reformist Basavanna, founder of Shaivite sect of Virashaivas. This sect was radical in its views.
Humnabad (52 km)
A famous sacred place of the Hindus, Humnabad is famous for the ancient temple of Lord Veerabhadreshwara which attracts thousands of visitors. The annual seven-day Veerabhadreshwara Jatra and cart pulling Mohotsav held in January-February is another attraction.
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- 136 km from Hyderabad
- 669 km from Bangalore
- 280 km from Bijapur
- 73 km from Basavakalyan
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