Bijapur and its Beautiful places
Bijapur is a beautiful city bordering Maharashtra. The city is officially known as Vijayapura. The city is also the headquarters of Bijapur district. The city has a rich history and heritage. Bijapur city is well known for its historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty. You can reach Bijapur from Bengaluru, which is 530 Km away, from Mumbai which is about 550Km. You can also reach the place from Hyderabad which is 384km to its west. You can book bus tickets to Bijapur in ticketgoose.com. Come, let us explore the places in Bijapur!
Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of king Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. Construction of the tomb was started in 1626 and WAS completed in 1656. The name is derived from its structure “Gol Gombaz” which means “circular dome”. It has the style of Deccan architecture. The structure is composed of a cube on each side. It has eight intersecting arches created by two rotated squares that create interlocking pendentives support the dome. It has a dome-capped octagonal tower seven stories high with a staircase inside. The upper floor of each tower opens on to a round gallery which surrounds the dome. It has an area of 1,700 m2 and has one of the biggest single chamber spaces in the world.
Shivagiri has a Lord Shiva Statue which is 85 feet tall. It was installed by the T.K. Patil Banakatti Charitable Trust in Vijayapura (Bijapur) on Sindagi Road. It is slowly turning into a pilgrim location. The 1,500 tonnes statue of Lord Shiva is considered as the second largest statue of Lord Shiva in India and was prepared by sculptors from Shimoga. An old age home is coming up inside the premises and it is named as Basant Van. It is said that it can accommodate 52 members and the capacity will be enhanced gradually. Women will be given preference in admission.
The Bijapur Fort
The Bijapur Fort has a rich history.It was built by Yusuf Adil Shah in 1566 using Materials like Granites and lime mortar. The fort contains palaces, mosques, tombs and gardens. The architecture is inspired from Pertians. It is said that the Adilshahis, during their reign of 200 years, built over 50 mosques, 20 tombs and 20 palaces. Bijapur has, therefore, been called as Agra of South India. Apart from these monuments, Ibrahim II also built the Dattatreya Temple, to the west of the citadel. It contains a pair of paduka (foot sandals) of saint Narasimha Saraswati.
Jala Manzil is located veryclose to the Sat Manzil. This is a water pavilion. Saat Manzil and Jal Manzil werare part of the Citadel which was enclosed within the fortified walls during the rule of the Deccan Sultanate. Some parts of the monument is in ruins now.
With a rich history, Bijapur is a beautiful place to visit. The city is filled with monuments and hence it is rightly called as Agra of south. You can book tickets to Bijapur from Banglore or Hyderabad or Mumbai at Ticketgoose.com