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BIDAR: THE JEWEL OF KARNATAKA’S HERITAGE



  Apr 29, 2024

BIDAR: THE JEWEL OF KARNATAKA’S HERITAGE



What is the historical significance of Bidar?

Bidar holds a rich historical tapestry as it has been inhabited since prehistoric times and served as the capital of the Bahmani Sultanate in the 15th century. Its strategic location on the Deccan Plateau made it a vital political and cultural hub through various dynasties including the Mauryas, Satavahanas, Chalukyas, and ultimately the Mughals and Nizams.

Why is Bidar known for its fort?

The Bidar Fort is notable for its grand scale and architectural sophistication, originally built in the 15th century when the Bahmani Sultanate moved their capital to Bidar. The fort, with its palaces, mosques, and intricate water supply system, showcases a blend of Persian, Turkish, and Hindu influences, making it a standout monument in Indian architectural history.

What is unique about Bidri ware?

Bidri ware is a renowned metal handicraft from Bidar, recognized by its striking inlay artwork. Originating during the Bahmani rule, it involves a technique of inlaying silver or gold on an alloy of zinc and copper, giving it a distinctive black finish. This craft received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, highlighting its cultural and historical importance to the region.

Can you tell me about some religious sites in Bidar?

Bidar is home to several revered religious sites including the Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple, dedicated to Lord Narasimha, and Nanak Jhira Sahib, a significant site for Sikh pilgrims associated with Guru Nanak’s visit. These sites draw visitors for their spiritual significance and the legends associated with them.



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