Bijapur Industrial Visit

Bijapur going students can visit various solar power projects in the district along with Hydro power projects at Alamatti Dam, other industrial attraction in the district includes Anjani Cement, Nandi Sahakari Sakkare Karkhane, Bijapur dairy etc.

The foundations of this historic city were laid during the reign of the Chalukyan Dynasty. They called it ‘Vijayapura’ or the ‘City of Victory’ from where comes its present name Bijapur.This one-time capital of the Adil Shahi kings (1489-1686) is dotted with mosques, mausoleums, palaces, fortifications, watchtowers, and strong gateways, with the massive Gol Gumbaz, the world’s second largest dome, dominating the landscape for miles around.Bijapur experienced a great burst of architectural activity under the Adil Shahi rulers. It is also famous for the hand-made sarees of llkal. Bijapur is also the best base from which to see other exceptional heritage sites such as Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal.

Sights to See

Bara Kaman
The incomplete mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II with its 12 graceful arches

Gagan Mahal
Built by Ali Adil Shah I around 1561 to serve the dual purpose of a royal residence and a durbar hall.

Gol Gumbaz
This is the mausoleum of Muhammed Adil Shah. It houses the world’s second largest dome, unsupported by pillars — an acoustic and architectural wonder. Built in 1659, its most arresting features are the seven-storied octagonal spires at the four corners and the heavy bracketed cornice below the parapet. The amazing whispering gallery distinctly echoes the faintest whisper 11 times. (Timings: 0600-1800 hrs. Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for Indians, USD 2 or Rs. 100 for foreigners.)

Kudala Sangama

Kudala Sangama is an important center of pilgrimage for people of the Lingayat faith. It is located about 15 km from the Almatti Dam in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state. The Krishna river and Ghataprabha river merge here and flow east towards Srisaila (another pilgrim center) in state of Andhra Pradesh. The Aikya Mantapa or the holy Samadhi of Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat faith along with Linga, which is believed to be self-born (Swayambhu), is situated here.

Basanta Vana

This 85 feet cement and steel idol at Rambapur village 3Kms from City of Bijapur on the Ukkali road was unveiled on Feb 26th 2006 — the auspicious day of Shivarathri. A small idol of Shivalinga is installed beneath the big statue. “Shiva Charite” will also be inscribed in Kannada on the inner walls of the temple to help the devotees learn the mythological stories related to Lord Shiva.

Malik-i-Maidan
This is a 55-tonne cannon perched on a platform

Jala Manzil
This was once a water pavilion surrounded by secluded courts and gardens

Ibrahim Rauza

This is said to have inspired the Taj Mahal (Timings: 0600-1800 hrs. Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for Indians, USD 2 or Rs. 100 for foreigners)

Jami Masjid

It is the jewel of Adil Shahi architecture with its graceful arches, aisles, halls and large crowning onion dome.

Mehtar Mahal

An ornamental gateway leading to a mosque and garden

Taj Bawdi
A water tank that commemorates Taj Sultana, Ibrahim Adil Shah II’s wife

Upli Buruj
A 24 m high, 16th century watchtower built on high ground from which you get a good view of the city and plains

Museum & Art Galleries
The museum located in the Naqquar Khana (Trumpet House) of the Gol Gumbaz Complex, was originally established as a district museum in 1892. Later on it was taken over to develop it as a site museum in 1982. The large and good massive showcases introduced by the British officers, themselves have become good examples of antique furniture. The collection comprises of stone inscriptions of Arabic, Persian, Kannada and Sanskrit languages in different scripts and written in varied calligraphy, Brahmanical and Jaina sculptures, hero stones, illustrated and plain manuscripts, coins, China wares, wooden carving, carpets, maps, sanads and firmans, miniature paintings, Bidri-ware and other house hold articles, datable from 6th to 18th century AD. Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Closed on Friday. Entrance Fee:Rs. 2 per head (free for children up to 15 years).

Excursions

Aihole (110 km):
Aihole was the cultural capital of the early Chalukyas of Badami who ruled Badami during 6th-8th century AD. This village is of great architectural interest containing more than a hundred temples, built in different styles and periods, aptly designated as ‘the cradle of Indian architecture’.

The Durga temple is an example of southern (Dravidian) architectural type, with a later northern type superstructure imposed upon it. The advanced features of the temple, the variety of evolved shrine-fronts displayed in its niches, the style of its sculpture, its diverse corbel-forms and the existence in it of a chute, water-spout and the gargoyle-like pranala — a late feature-would justify placing the temple in the eighth century. This is also indicated by an inscription of Chalukya Vikramaditya II (733-46) on the ruined gopura at the southeastern part of the enclosing-wall. The name ‘Durga’ for the temple is misleading, since it was not dedicated to Durga, and is due to the fact that till the earlier part of the last century the temple formed part of a fortification (durga), probably of the Marathas. Entrance Fee: Indians: Rs. 5 per head. Others: US $ 2 or Rs. 100 per head (free entry to children up to 15 years).

Badami (132 km):
Badami was the capital of the early Chalukyas of Badami, who ruled from this place during 6th-8th century AD. The place is known with ancient names Vatapi, Vatapiadhistana and Badavi. Even during the succeeding centuries, right up to the beginning of 19th century, it was an important politically strategic place forming part of the dominions of many later dynasties. A number of religious and defence structures were built during these periods at Badami. Beautifully excavated rock caves of Bramhanical, Buddhist and Jaina affinity with massive sculptures, structural temples of Dravida vimana type illustrating different stages of experimentations all set around Agasthya Theertha tank with in the scenic beauty of sand stone formations, make this place a unique tourist destination.

Jamkhandi (62 km):
It was the capital of the former Maratha principality of the Patavardhans and derives its name from the old Chalukyan temple dedicated to Jambukeswara. The festival of Basaveswara and cattle fair attract a lot of people.

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Industries Enroute

  • Nandi Sahakari Sakkare Kharkane
  • Bijapur Dairy

And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries

Galaganatha Temple:
Built of sandstone and has a beautiful sculpture of Shiva.

Jambulinga Temple:
A small temple, with a figure of dancing Shiva with Nandi & Parvati.

ASI Museum:
The museum is located at the foothills of the northern hill containing the northern fort and near the famous Pallava Narasimhavarmman’s inscription. The museum mainly comprises of pre-historic stone implements and sculptures, architectural members, inscriptions, hero stones etc. datable from 6th to 16th century AD. Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Closed on Fridays. Entrance Fee:Rs. 2 per head (children up to 15 years free).

Rock cut temples:
The Early Chalukyas chose the finely-grained and horizontally-stratified sandstone cliffs of Badami (Bijapur District), for rock excavations, which facilitated excavation of comparatively large cave-temples and the execution of fine sculptures and intricate carvings in them.There are four such cave-temples, three Brahmanical and the fourth Jaina. The earliest of them (Cave 3), dedicated to Vishnu, is the largest of the series and was excavated, according to its inscription, in Saka 500, i.e., AD 578, by Mangalesa, a powerful ruler. It was followed in quick succession by the other two, Cave 2, the smallest, also dedicated to Vishnu, and Cave 1, of medium size, dedicated to Siva. The Jaina cave-temple at the very top of the hill is later by about a century from the rest. Entrance Fee: Indians: Rs 5 per head. Others:US $ 2 or Indian Rs. 100 per head (free entry to children up to 15 years).

Sahasraphani Parshwanatha Basadi:
This temple situated on the outskirts of Bijapur, has unique idol of Parshwanatha. The beautifully sculptured idol of black stone that is about 1500 years old has a halo of 1008 snake holds each of which are interconnected.
Pattadakal (148 km):
Chalukyan rulers were not only empire builders, but great patrons of art whose encouragement prompted the artists and craftsmen to experiment and innovate in different architectural styles and giving it a new dimension. It is in their period that transition from rock-cut medium to structural temples took place. Pattadakal was not only popular for Chalukyan architectural activities but also a holy place for royal coronation, ‘Pattadakisuvolal’. Temples constructed here mark the blending of the Rekha, Nagara, Prasada and the Dravida Vimana styles of temple building. The oldest temple at Pattadakal is Sangamesvara built by Vijayaditya Satyasraya (AD 697-733). This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jain Temple:
Built in the Dravidian style. It has some beautiful 9th century sculptures.

Kada Siddeshwar Temple:
This small temple, built in the north Indian style, has a fine sculpture depicting Shiva holding a serpent & trident in his arms with Parvati by his side.

Mallikarjurna Temple:
Built by Trailokyamahadevi, the queen of Vikramaditya II.

Papanath Temple:
A very ornate temple built in the Dravidian style.

Virupaksha Temple:
This temple was built to commemorate three victorious campaigns of Vikaramaditya II against the Pallavas. It has huge gateway, several inscriptions, and a profusion of friezes from the epics. Facing the temple is a pavilion containing a massive Nandi (Bull).

GULBARGA (159 km):
Gulbarga was a part of the Bahmani Kingdom, which was subjugated by Aurangzeb in the 17th century. A Hindu city before the Muslim invasions, Gulbarga is a beautiful synthesis of the two cultures. It has a formidable fort with 15 towers and a large mosque – the Jumma Masjid.
Gangapur (40 km west of Gulbarga):
The confluence place of rivers Bhima and Amerja is known for the sacred shrine of Sri Narasimha Swaraswati Mutt.

BIDAR (273 km):
Capital of the Bahmani Kings in the early 15th century, it is remarkable for the ruins of its fort within which there are three palaces, the Rangeen Mahal, Chini Mahal and Turkish Mahal. There is a Gurudwara in Bidar, the Nanak Jeera Gurudwara. It is connected by road with Gulbarga (120 Km.), Hyderabad (136 Km.).

Kumtagi (16 km):
The lake and water pavilion built here by the Adil Shahis here are striking constructions. There are some fading paintings on the pavilion walls.

Basavana Bagewadi (43 km):
Bagewadi was the birthplace of Basaveswara, the great social and religious reformer of Karnataka. The presiding deity of the main temple here is Shiva as Sangananatha, popularly called Basavana or Basaveswara.

ASI Museum:
The museum mainly comprises of stone sculptures of Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faith, fragmentary carved architectural members, inscriptions, hero stones, sati stones, etc. Period wise they range in date from 6th century AD to 15th century AD. A variety of Ganesha sculptures, Saptamatrikas with archaic features, Nataraja, Ambika of Jaina affinity, attractive sculpture of Bodhisatva and a mutilated anthropomorphic figure of Megalithic period are some of the important exhibits. Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Closed on Friday. Entrance Fee:Rs. 2 per head (children up to 15 years free). Other monuments in Aihole include, Meguti Temple, Ravalphadi Cave, Suryanarayana Temple, etc.

How would you like to travel?

AIR
Kolhapur (175 km) and Belgaum (203 km) are the nearest airports. Belgaum and Kolhapur is linked by Air Deccan flights with Mumbai.
RAIL
Bijapur is connected by rail with major cities / towns in south India.
ROAD
Bijapur is connected by road with:
    • Aihole 110 km
    • Badami 138 km
    • Bangalore 570 km
    • Belgaum 203 km
    • Bidar 273 km
    • Gulbarga 159 km
    • Hampi 254 km
    • Hospet 241 km
    • Hyderabad 375 km
    • Kolhapur 175 km
    • Mumbai 486 km
    • Pattadakal 130 km
    • Solapur 99 km
      KSRTC buses connect Bijapur with Badami, Bagalkot, Hubli, Bangalore, Belgaum and Solapur.

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