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Gulbarga District


Gulbarga is a town in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Gulbarga District, and of Gulbarga Division. Gulbarga is 613 km north of Bangalore and well connected by road to Bijapur, Hyderabad , Solapur and Bidar. A railway line connecting the southern part of India to Mumbai and Delhi passes through Kalburgi. More »


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Gulbarga 's old moated fort is in a much deteriorated state, but it has a number of interesting buildings inside including the Jama Masjid, reputed to have been built by a Moorish architect during the late 14th or early 15th century who imitated the great mosque in Cordoba , Spain . The mosque is unique in India , with a huge dome covering the whole area, four smaller ones at the corners, and 75 smaller still all the way around. The fort itself has 15 towers. Gulbarga also has a number of imposing tombs of Bahmani kings, a shrine to an important Muslim saint , Sharana Basaveshwara Temple ,Sri Sai baba temple, Sri Ram Mandir and Sri Bhavani shankar temple(Sri Sadashiv maharaj).

Sri Kshetra Ghangapur is a famous pilgrimage center of God Sri Sadguru Dattarya, situated very close to Gulbarga . Thousands of pilgrims visit Gulbarga during the annual festival held at the holy shrine of Khwaja Bande Nawaz Darga to commemorate his death anniversary.similarly SB's annual fare will fall on march celeberated .

Khwaja Bande Nawaz

Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gesu Daraz (July 13, 1321 -November 1, 1422), was a famous Sufi saint from India of Chishti Order, who advocated understanding, tolerance and harmony among various religious groups.

He was a murid (disciple) of the noted Sufi saint of Delhi , Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag-e-Delhi, himself a disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya, the spiritual master of Delhi . After the death of his master, Chirag-e-Delhi, Gesu Daraz also became his successor (khalifa), and later when he moved to Daulatabad around 1398, owing to the attack of Timur on Delhi, he took the Chishti Order to South India [1], as he finally settled in Gulbarga, at the invitation of Bahamani King, 'Taj ud-Din Firuz Shah' (r. 1397-1422) .


Biography

He was born Syed Mohammed Hussaini in Delhi in 1321. At the age of four, his family shifted to Daulatabad in Deccan (Now in Maharashtra ). In 1397, he went to Gulbarga , Deccan (Presently in Karnataka) at the invitation of Sultan Taj ud-Din Firuz Shah of the Bahmani Sultanate. Bande Nawaz authored about 195 books in Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages .

At the age of fifteen, he returned to Delhi and stayed for his education and training by the famous Sufi saint Hazrat Nasiruddin Chirag-e-Delhi, who bestowed him with his Khilafath and succession after about fifteen years. He was also a very enthusiastic student of Hazrat Kethli, Hazrat Tajuddin Bahadur and Qazi Abdul Muqtadi. After teaching at various places such as Delhi , Mewath, Gwalior , Chander, Aircha, Chatra, Chanderi, Miandhar, Baroda and Khambayat, he returned to teach at his base, Gulbarga , in 1397 and died in Gulbarga in the year November 1422 .

Works

His magnum opus, Tafseer Multaqat in Arabic, was compiled into one book very recently. It is unfortunate, however, that most people even within Gulbarga are unaware of this work. Little has been done to publish this and his other works on a large scale. Other books authored are: Avarif-al-Mavarif, Fasoos-al-Hukm, Qaseeda Amali, and Adaab-al-Mureedein.

Urs

People from various walks of life, irrespective of caste and creed, assemble even today to celebrate the urs (which takes place on the 15th day of Zikhaida of Muslim calendar conducted in his name at the famous Bande Nawaz Darga in Gulbarga every year. People from his family tree still live there and almost all family members along with several hundred thousand people from near and far irrespective of religion and beliefs gather to seek blessing [2].

Sharana Basaveshwara Temple

Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is a shrine situated at Kalburgi( Gulbarga ), an ancient town situated to the north-eastern part of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to an eminent Hindu religious teacher and philosopher, Shri Sharana Basaveshwara ,a Lingayat saint of 18th Century known for his Dasoha(Giving is earning) and Kayaka - an advancement of the Karma doctrine - "You have the right to perform the work assigned to you. You have no rights to 'demand' the fruits of your labor" philoshophy.

The temple houses the Samadhi of Sharana Basaveshwara at the center called as the garbha gudi. It also has a lake adjacent to it which attracts many devotees and tourists.. The lake is currently undergoing renovation and Rs. 1 Crore has been allocated for its development..

A chariot festival,Jatra is held every year in honor of Sharana Basaveshwara which attracts huge crowds.


Gulbarga Fort:

Gulbarga was the capital of the   Bahamani Kingdom which ruled this region. The Gulbarga Fort built by Bahamani's is a  famous monument attracting large  number  of tourists.

Deval Ghanagapur in Afzalpur taluk attracts lakhs of devotees every year.

Khaja Bandenawaj Darga is a famous sufi darga of Khaja Bandenawaj.

Jayateerth math in Malkhed is a place where Adi Shankracharya had stayed and lakh of people visit every year.

Bonal lake : It is a famous tank which attracts the flamingos, egrets and many aquatic fowls which could be a star attraction.

Yeti poth nala and Nazarapur falls : These falls are the major falls in Gulbarga . There are magnificent to view in rainy days.

Chandrampalli Dam : It is a about 10 Km from Chincholi and has the Gottan Gotta forest in the background. It is most suitable for Eco tourism.

Gottam Gotta forest : Around 7 km from chandrapalli. It is an ideal place for trekking.

Uplloan Hills : Around 10 km from Gulbarga . It is highly suitable place for to visit in and around Gulbarga City .

The Kesaratgi Farm : An existing farm of the Zilla Panchayat. It has lot of potential to be developed as a picnic spot in Gulbarga .

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid inside the fort is a master piece of Indo-Islamic architechture, reputed to have been built by a Moorish architect during the late 14th or early 15th century who imitated the great mosque in Cordoba , Spain . The mosque is unique in India , with a huge dome covering the whole area, four smaller ones at the corners, and 75 smaller still all the way around.

This mosque remains inside of the old fort area. It is an important building of the early Bahmani period built by Muhammad Shah. It has a large dome on the west side and middle-sized domes at the four corners of the mosque. Instead of having a courtyard, it has many small domes in lines in the central area. Having these features, it can be regarded as one of the most interesting mosques in its form and structure in South Asia . The main entrance is provided at the north side and has a higher arch-shaped gate than the other sides. In the west prayer room, pillars are painted in white with no decoration. In addition, wide spans of these pillars supporting large arches create a majestic atmosphere.

Haft Gumbad or The Seven tombs

This is a mausoleum of the Baihmani royal family situated on the eastern outskirts of Gulbarga and it extends from east to west. From the west, Mujahid Shah (3rd Baihmanid Sultan/1375-78), and Daud Shah (4th B.S./1378). To the northeast of these are Ghiyath al-Din Shah (6th B.S./1397), and Shams al-Din Shah (7th B.S./1397). To the southeast of these is Firuz Shah (8th B.S./1397-1422), and to the south and northeast there are some anonymous tombs.

Jevargi

It is a popular Jain piligrim Centre, about 40 kms from Gulbarga . It is situated on the bank of the Bheema River and has many Jain basadis

Sannathi

It is known today for Chandralamba temple dedicated to a Devi, this 11th century shrine is visited by a large numbers of pilgrims. This place is of considerable archaeological importance, being the largest Buddhist site in Karnataka.

Narayanapura Dam

It is 120 kms from Gulbarga . The Krishna River cascades down here and is known as the Jaladurga Falls .

Durgah Library

Houses almost 10000 books on Urdu, Persian and Arabic.

Shah Bazaar Mosque

Chor Gum Bad

Gangapura

Afzalpur

Shorapur

Malkheda

Martur

Distance:-

Gulbarga is well connected via road and rail from Bangalore & other major cities in South India .

Local Transport Taxis and auto richshaws are available for getting around in the city.

Long Distance Bus Routes Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs the long distance bus services from Gulbarga to other parts of the state. The Bidar-Srirangapatna State high way made road transportation easy to travel between Bangalore and other neighboring states[like Andra Pradesh,Maharashtra,Goa].Gulbarga is connected by road to most places in south and west India. Some of these are Hyderabad (220 km), Bangalore (623 km), Bijapur (130 km), Bidar (120 km), Basavakalyan (80 km). And also there are many private bus services which are key players for running Volvo buses between Bangalore and Gulbarga .

Railways Gulbarga is served by a major rail line and is well connected by trains to all major parts of India . Like Bangalore , Mumbai ,Delhi , Chennai , Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Coimbature , Kanyakumari , Trivandrum , Nagarcoil , Bhubneshwar , Jodhpur , etc....

Air The nearest airport is in Hyderabad (220 km). Now Govt of Karnataka has sanctioned new Airport to the Gulbarga City . The construction at the site had started in July 2008 and shall be completed in two years time.

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Tourist offices:- KSTDC (bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: kstdc@vsnl.in
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