About Bijapur – Messyduniya

About Bijapur

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Temples & Religious Places

1. Shivagiri
Lord Shiva Statue is an 85 feet tall Shiva Statue that has been installed by the T.K. Patil Banakatti Charitable Trust in Bijapur at Shivapur on Sindagi Road. It is slowly making as a pilgrimage location.

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 for above 13 months plus the civilian design was supplied by Bangalore-situated architects.

Basanta Vana is an 85 ft tall idol of Lord Shiva that is made of cement and steel. Counted among the tallest idols of Lord Shiva, it is situated around 3 km from Bijapur City on the Ukkali Road in the village of Rambapur.

A small idol of Shiva will be installed beneath the big statue. Besides, the “Shiva Charite” will be engraved on the inside walls of temple in Kannada to help devotees learn the mythological stories related to Shiva. The trust wants to make it a major pilgrimage centre.

2. Vajra Hanuman Temple
Address: Ibrahimpur – Railway Gate Rd, Ibrahimpur, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586102
Phone: 098869 27862

3. Kolhapur Lakshmi Temple
Address: Banjara Nagar, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586103

4. Ambabai Temple
Address: Gacchinakatti Colony, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586103

5. Sevalal Temple
Address: Banjara Nagar, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586103


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Crops

The main crops grown here are rice, ragi, jowar, maize, and pulses (Tur and gram) besides oilseeds and number of cash crops. Cashews, coconut, arecanut, cardamom, chillies, cotton, sugarcane and tobacco are among the other crops produced in the state.

Offices & Industries

In Bijapur district agriculture forms the important source of livelihood for the most of the people. The population of the district according to 2001 census is 18, 06,918 of which 7, 18,213 are workers and 10, 88,705 are non-workers.Of the former category, 5,03,755 persons (2, 17,056 cultivators + 2, 86,669 agricultural labourers) are engaged in agriculture, forming 70.1 percent of the total working population.

Due to the untimely and inadequate nature of rainfall, Bijapur district has frequently suffered from famines and droughts. Though the district is being drained by five rivers, the area under irrigation is very small compared to 104 geographical area and the net area sown with agricultural crops. The total area sown is 8,42,586 hectares, out of which only 1, 98,614 (23.5%) hectares is irrigated.

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Schools

Schools-
1. Sri B. M. Patil Public School
Address: Sy No.142, Butnal Village, Solapur Road, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586103
Phone: 083522 63101

2. Sainik School, Bijapur
Address: Athani Rd, Shastri Nagar, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586102
Phone: 083522 70638

3. Daffodils – School Of Education
Address: Sadashiva Nagar, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586101
Phone: 083522 76159

4. Shishuniketan
Address: Sainik School Campus, Athani Road, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586102
Phone: 083522 70424

5. Darbar High School
Address: NH 218, Gopalpur Galli, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586101
Phone: 083522 41635


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Colleges

Colleges-
1. AS Patil College of Commerce
Address: Karnataka 586103
Phone: 083522 65703

2. Shri B. M. Patil Medical College
Address: Solapur Rd, Bangaramma Sajjan Campus, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586103
Phone: 083522 62770

3. Luqman Unani Medical College & Hospital Bijapur
Address: Anand Nagar, Saquaf Roza, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586101
Phone: 091611 86572

4. Anjuman College.
Address: Kanakadas colony, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586101

5. Al-Ameen Dental College
Address: Athani Road, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586108
Phone: 083522 72503


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Festivals

1. Bijapur Music Festival is one of the main festivals in Bijapur that is organised by the Government of Karnataka every year. A number of talented artists and musicians can be witnessed in the event for the entertainment, attracting a large number of people to this festival.

Festivals in Bijapur are celebrated with great pomp and include the Siddeshwara Temple Car Festival (January), Holi (March), the Asar Mahal Urs festival (September) and Diwali (October-November).

2. Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated every year by erecting statues, worshipping them and immersing them in water bodies.

3. Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiv is Mukteswar (one who gives liberation) and Papkateswar (reliever of sins). He is Ashutos (quickly and easy to please).

4. Myriad colors of the blossoming flowers coupled with the tender green leaves, the melodious chirping of the birds, and an aura of romance and merriment marks the advent of the season of spring or Vasant.

5. Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed according to Hindu luni-solar calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shraavana of the Hindu Calendar, which overlaps with August and September of the Gregorian calendar.


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Places Around

1. Gol Gumbaz
Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of king Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. The tomb, located in Bijapur, Karnataka in India, was started in 1626 and completed in 1656 by the architect Yaqut of Dabul.

The name finds its roots from Gola gummata deriving from Gol Gombadh meaning “circular dome”. It is constructed as per the Deccan architecture”. It was the part of the Bahmani Kingdom.

2. The Bijapur Fort is located in the Bijapur city in Bijapur District of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bijapur fort has a plethora of historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of Adil Shahi dynasty.

The Adil Shahi Sultans who ruled for nearly 200 years in Bijapur had expended their utmost authority, almost exclusively, on architecture and the allied arts, each Sultan endeavored to excel his predecessor in the number, size, or splendor of his building projects. As a result, the buildings seen in and around Bijapur Fort and the town have been rightly called as the Agra of South India.

3. Bara Kaman is the unfinished mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II in Bijapur. Ali Adil Shah of the Adil Shahi dynasty wanted to build a mausoleum of unmatched architectural quality. It was planned that twelve arches would be placed vertically as well as horizontally surrounding the tomb of Ali Adil Shah. However, for unknown reasons the work on the structure was left incomplete: only two arches were raised vertically. Rumour has it that the construction of the mausoleum was stopped because once completed its shadow would touch the Gol Gombaz. Nowadays the remains of the twelve horizontally placed arches can still be seen.

4. Jama Masjid of Bijapur is a mosque in the Indian state of Karnataka. It was built by Ali Adil Shah I (1558-1580) in the year 1578 after the victory over Vijaya Nagara at the Battle of Rakkasagi – Tangadagi in Talikoti in 1565.

Also known as both Jamiya Masjid and Jumma Masjid, the mosque is one of the largest mosques in South India. It was built by Ali Adil Shah I (1558-1580) in the year 1578 after the victory over Vijaya Nagara at the Battle of Rakkasagi – Tangadagi in Talikoti in 1565. Set in a perfect square of 1,16,300 sq. ft. 2250 to 2500 persons can offer prayers at a stretch.

The Central Mihrab on the western wall is inscribed with lines from the Koran. This inscription was completed in 1676 by Malik Yakut, under the orders from Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah.


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Transportation
Rail

Bijapur is well connected by rail with Bangalore and other major cities of India (Bombay, Hyderabad,Ahmedabad, Hubli and Solapur). It has its own railhead that is located just 2 km from the main town.

Bijapur railway station is connected by a broad gauge railway (Gadag-Hotgi railway line) to Hotgi junction near Solapur railway station and Kurduvadi railway station on Central Railway towards the north and to Bagalkot and Gadag junction on South Western Railway towards the south. Bijapur is connected with direct trains to Solapur, Bagalkot, Gadag, Dharwad, Bellary, Yeshwantpur (Bengaluru), Hubli, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.Bijapur comes under Gulbarga division of South Western Railway (SWR)

Air

The nearest airport is at Belgaum (205 km). Indian and Jet airways flight operators connect Bijapur to the rest of India. A new airport which can accommodate ATR’s & Airbus 320 (expansion afterwords) is currently being built by Karnataka government through PPP mode. Land has already been acquired & construction has already started.

Bijapur Airport (Kannada: ವಿಜಾಪುರ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ) is an airport that will serve the city of Bijapur in Karnataka, India. Under a public-private partnership agreement, the airport will be built on 727-acre (2.94 km2) plot of land at Madabhavi village near Bijapur. The Karnataka government has contracted MARG Limited, a diversified construction business, to develop the airport.

Major Roads

Graphically & strategically well connected through major cities by four lane NH- 13(Solapur-Mangalore)(now NH50), NH-218(Hubli-Humnabad) and other state highways The main stand in Bijapur is near the southwestern side of the citadel, near the city center. Bus services to Badami, Belgaum, Almatti, Gulbarga, Bidar, Hubli and Solapur are frequent. Bijapur is geographically & strategically well connected through major cities by four lane NH- 13(Solapur-Mangalore)(now NH50), NH-218(Hubli-Humnabad) and other state highways. Bijapur is a big road transport hub and its state run bus transport division has 6 depots/units and comes under North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) headquartered at Gulbarga.

The division plys many premium multi axle coaches, sleeper coach, sitting push back coach with AC and Non AC with makers like Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Isuzu Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mitsubishi etc. services to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Belgaum and other major cities.


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Facts

1. In 1818, the British grabbed Bijapur after it won the Third Anglo-Maratha War, assigning the city to Satara, a princely Maratha state. Finally, the city was included in the state of Karnataka in 1956.

2. Its rich past and continued importance over different dynasties and periods has left Bijapur with many places of historic and architectural interest.

While it may not be possible to cover everything in one visit, here are some iconic sites you should not miss.
3. Malik-e-Maidan: Housed within Bijapur Fort, this place is home to one of the biggest medieval cannons worldwide. The 55-ton weapon would turn 180º back in the day and it took 100 men, 10 elephants and 400 oxen to set it in place.

4. Mehtar Mahal: It may just be an ornamental gateway to a mosque, but Mehtar Mahal is a stunning sight in itself. It features the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and a flat stone roof, with delicately carved stone brackets that have puzzled engineers for years.

5. Apart from its rich Islamic heritage, Bijapur is also known for being the birthplace of Karnataka’s Lingayatism. A majority of the city’s population, called Lingayats, follow the Shaivite faith and the community constitutes about 25% of the state’s total population.

6. One famous name associated with the city is that of Amirbai Karnataki, a talented pioneer of playback singing and acting at a time when it was not commonplace for women to make a name in such fields.


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Important Contacts Nos.

Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102

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