Bijapur

Karnataka Tourism's infographics, the best of the lot.

Ibrahim Rouza on the right and its corresponding mosque on the left.

The architecture of the Ibrahim Rouza was one of the many buildings which provided inspiration for the Taj Mahal.

The Gol Gumbaz from its approach gateway.

The whispering gallery at the top.

The inverted petal detailing around the roof of the Gol Gumbaz.

The faithful offer prayers at the Jama Masjid.

The surreal unfinished roof of the Bada Kamman.

The famous Malik-i-Maidan cannon at Upli Burj.

Description

Bijapur in north Karnataka, was once the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty, one of the most important of the five Deccan Sultanates which controlled the Deccan in the 15th and 16th centuries. During that phase Bijapur was a great centre of culture, commerce and learning. It was due to the secular nature and liberal patronage of the Adil Shahis, Bijapur became a haven for scholars, poets, painters, dancers, calligraphers, musicians, Sufi saints and other men of arts from around the world. Seventeenth century Bijapur was called the Palmyra of the Deccan.