Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vijayapura Trip: Ain-ul-Mulk Tomb

Date: 13th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: None.

Fee: None.

Parking: Road side.

Food: Not Available. Bijapur is the best bet.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Shivagiri, Jahan Begum Tomb.

Ain-ul-Mulk was a noble in the court of Ibrahim Adil Shah I. The tomb of Ain-ul-Mulk is built in the village of Ainapur. The tomb is a closed square building with a dome at the top. Four small minarets stand at each corner of the tomb. A simple mosque is built beside the tomb.

A structure in ruins. Not sure of the purpose of this one.

View of the tomb from the ground.

Mosque next to the tomb.

Entrance to the tomb.

View of the dome.

Some floral patterns on the inner walls.

Motif's around the inner wall.

Steps leading to the dome exterior.

Walkway around the dome.

One of the Minaret.

View of the inner chamber from the top.

Not much is known about the tomb or of Ain-ul-mulk. However going by the size of the monument he should have been an important person in Ibrahim Adil Shah court.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Vijayapura Trip: Jahan Begum Tomb

Date: 13th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: None.

Fee: None.

Parking: Road side.

Food: Not Available. Bijapur is the best bet.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Shivagiri, In-ul-Mulk Tomb.

Jahan Begum, wife of Mohammed Adil Shah was laid to rest in Ainapur village 5km from Bijapur town. Jahan begum selected this place in Ainapur as she did not want her tomb near Gol Gumbaz. It was very rare for a queen to have a mausoleum of her own. Generally the queen will be buried along side the king. The tomb was planned on the same scale as Gol Gumbaz but it was never completed. The turrets and the inner chamber with three arches on all four sides were completed. A small tank was planned in front.

A mosque was constructed to the right of the tomb.

View of the inner chamber and its arches.

Beautifully carved square platform and the tomb on top. The tomb has survived very well under all weather conditions.

View of the mosque.

For no apparent reason this structure in ruins interested us more than other monuments in Bijapur.

The place may or may not be open as there is no guard. Villagers near by will help find someone who can open the gate. Luckily for us the gate was not locked and we could visit the place.

We were here.

This place should not be missed out from the list of places to visit in Bijapur.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vijayapura Trip: Shivagiri

Date: 13th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 5 AM to 8 PM.

Fee: Rs 10 per Adult.

Parking: Available.

Food: Available.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Jahan Begum Tomb, In-ul-Mulk Tomb.

We started day two of our Bijapur trip with visit to Shivagiri. The massive 85ft Lord Shiva statue is located 5Kms from the Vijayapura town. The statue is the third largest statue of Lord Shiva in sitting posture. The statue is made of 1500 tonnes of concrete and steel. Its owned by a private trust and they are turning it into a theme park with small attractions for kids. There is also a Ganesha temple in the complex.


The statue was molded beautifully with all details like snake, rudraksh, third eye, trishul, damuru, crescent moon and Ganga.

The trust is in the process of setting up an old age home in the complex.

The garden is also well maintained and the place is turning into a picnic spot. We saw a big group of tourist having food in the park and having a good time.

The closer look at the idol.

There was a small enclosure next to the statue where few animals were kept. There was a deer, couple of peacock, geese and few other birds.

We were here.
A must visit place in Bijapur. Jahan Begum Tomb in Ainapur is 3km from where and it was our next stop.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Vijayapura Trip: Upli Buruj

Date: 12th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: None.

Fee: None.

Parking: Road side.

Food: Available nearby.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Malik-e-Maidan.

Upli Buruj is a tower located 260m from Sherzi Bastion. The inscription on the wall says it was built by Haidar Khan one of the general of Ali Adil Shah I and Ibrahim Adil Shah II. The eighty feet tower has flight of stone steps winding round outside. Ali Adil Shah I started building the city walls after winning the battle of Talaikot. He assigned sections of the walls to nobles in his kingdom to build. Haidar Khan was out of Bijapur for few years busy capturing towards Belgaum. The city wall was completed when he returned and that angered Haidar Khan. The king then ordered the general to build a tower that over looks ever other thing and thus Upli Buruj was built by Haidar Khan.

Two guns of great length is placed on the tower.

The Lumcherri is the longer of the two guns.

It was not sure if the guns were built on top of the tower or moved from somewhere.

The tower offers a good view of all the big monuments scattered around Bijapur.

We were here.
250m from Upli Buruj is the chand baudi. Chand baudi is a water tank and its closed now. So that brings end to first day sightseeing in Bijapur.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vijayapura Trip: Malik-e-Maidan

Date: 12th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: None.

Fee: None.

Parking: Road side.

Food: Available nearby.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Upli Buruj.

The next interesting attraction in Bijapur is Malik-e-Maidan, the Monarch of the plains. The canon weighing 55 tons is the largest of its kind. The canon is currently placed on the Sherzi Bastion. The canon was cast at Ahmadnagar in 1549 by Turkish officer Muhammed Bin Hasan Rumi of Burhan Nizam Shah I kingdom. There are multiple theories on how and when the canon was brought to Bijapur. However it was believed that 10 elephants, 1400 oxen and many men were involved in moving this piece of metal.


The canon played a decisive role in the battle of Talaikot in 1565 which brought the mighty Vijayanagar empire down.

The muzzle is shaped like a lion with open jaws and two elephants crushed between the jaws.

The canon has couple of inscriptions of which one was cut in Persian by Aurangzeb after he captured Bijapur. Part of inscription translates to "He subdued the master of the fields".

The difficulty of carrying the heavy object to sea shore prevented the Britishers from taking it to their country.

The picture cannot bring out the real size of the canon. We were awestruck when we looked at this first.

The well maintained garden in front of Malik-e-Maidan.

We were here.

Next on list is Upli Buruj, 260m from here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vijayapura Trip: Bara Kaman

Date: 12th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 6 AM to 6 PM.

Fee: None.

Parking: Road side.

Food: Available nearby.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Asar Mahal, Gagan Mahal.

Bara Kaman, 12 arches is the mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II. Ali Adil Shah II, 8th ruler of the Adil shahi dynasty envisioned an unique mausoleum with 12 horizontal and 12 vertical arches surrounding his tomb. The original plan was to build the structure so big that its shadow will fall on Gol Gumbaz 2.5 kms away. How ever for reasons unknown the structure was not completed.


One popular myth is Ali was killed by his father Mohammed Adil Shah who built Gol Gumbaz. He did not want bara kaman dwarfing his creation and shadow falling on it.

The mausoleum houses the tomb of the king, his wife and children.

Its believed that the solid walls in the shape of arch was erected first. The inner part knocked off   later leaving the outer arch.  The two walls in below picture shows the solid wall with outer arch.

The monument and the surrounding garden is well maintained. We wanted to spend some more time but the rain was playing hide and seek with us so we had to leave soon.

We were here.
An interesting place to visit in Bijapur.

Vijayapura Trip: Gagan Mahal

Date: 12th August 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 6 AM to 6 PM.

Fee: None.

Parking: Available. Road side.

Food: Small snacks available near by.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Asar Mahal, Bara Kaman.

Gagan Mahal, Sky Palace is one of the tourist attraction in Bijapur. The palace was built by the 5th Adil Sahi ruler Ali Adil Shah I. The ground floor of the palace was used as durbar hall and the top floor the royal residence. At a height of 66 ft the central arch in the palace is the biggest in Vijayapura. Royal ceremonies would have been conducted in this hall. The wide central arch would have paved way for the citizens to watch the proceedings from the garden.  The residence and the hall are mostly in ruins. The last ruler of Adil Sahi dynasty, Sikandar Adil Shah surrendered to Aurangzeb from this palace.


The floral design on the facade which is a common pattern in Indo Islamic architecture can be found in most monuments.

View of the garden from the royal court.

More flower patterns on the walls of the hall.

Dome on the first floor.

Smaller arches on the sides leading to first floor.

The beautiful garden in front of the palace.

Looks nice seen from any angle.

We were here.

Like most places in Bijapur this palace too will be fascinating only if interested in history of the land.

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