We are not makers of history. we are made of history – Martin Luther
Bidar is another good chapter in the history of Karnataka. Bidar is just 2.5 hours drive from Hyderabad, another paradise for a history buff. This weekend I planned to take a visit to another historical land of India which has magnificent monuments. The road from Hyderabad is just awesome, making a road trip to Bidar as a perfect weekend gateway. We started our journey from Kondapur, Hyderabad and go via Mumbai Highway – straight to Zaheerabad. Bidar is easily accessible by Bus and train. Centuries get passed but the monuments withstood the ravages of time and weather to tell about the great civilization it has shared the memory with.
Gurudwara Shri nana Jhira Shahib
Bidar is not only popular for history lovers but also a popular destination for shopping Bidri work and sandalwood craft. We left quite early in the morning and weather makes the way for us so that we can have a great view of Gurudwara Shri nana Jhira Shahib, a less known but 500-year-old gurudwara which has its history associated with first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Nanak. When Shri Guru Nanak Dev was on his visit from 1510 to 1514, he came to Bidar from Golconda, Hyderabad. He seated on the place which is now Amrit Kund in GuruDwara. When people of Bidar came to know about his presence in Bidar they come to him to take his blessing and shared their problem about the scarcity of drinking water. On request of people he said “sat Kartar” and touched the stone from his right leg Khadau(wooden slipper), as soon as he did it sweet water starts coming from a stream, that stream still exists today and water comes out of it.
Bidar fort is open from 10:00 a.m., bike of locals are allowed to enter but no cars. On the entry of fort, you will find the massive gates made out of wood and spokes made out of iron. As you move further you will see a massive rampart and a large ditch which must be created for fortifications. As soon as you enter through another main gate of the fort you will see museum which has a great collection of old age heavy locks, wooden gun, some glass, beads and metal ornaments, a different type of dagger, sword and several broken sculptures carved out of stone found during excavation. Several other things to visit the fort is Gagan Mahal, Rangeen Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam, Takht Mahal, Tarkash Mahal and Solah Khamb Masjid.
The fort got much popular after the shooting of song Ishq Sufiyaana, from the Bollywood movie “Dirty Picture”. Several Kannada, Telugu movies are also shot here. The fort is now maintained by ASI. The fort tells about the existence of Bahmani dynasty in 1427 when the king shifted its capital to Bidar due to better climatic conditions. Later Bidar was captured by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, and after some time it comes under the rule of Nizam in 1724 and comes under British rule
Entry fee:- There is no entry fee to visit the fort
Camera charges:- Nil
Parking Charges:- Nil
Some of the other major attraction of bidar is Shri Jharni Narshima Mandir in Bidar – a very popular religious place which will give you thrill also as you need to enter through the cave which is always filled with water to reach to the main deity. So better carry an extra pair of cloth if you want to enter this temple.
Shopping in Bidar
Bidar is very famous for Bidriware, the specialty of Bidar, it is believed that this craft or art was originated in the 14th century during the reign of Bahamani Sultans. Bidriware are handmade crafts which follow the eight-step process, basically made of zinc metal and carving is done with silver. Bidri handicraft shop is near Chaubara clock tower, it is a very old shop and sell their product online also at Bidrihandicraft.com. They have a variety of products with various range and carved beautifully. You can also see how they make designs on zinc metal as workers keep working inside the shop. Bidriwares are also popular in Hyderabad but the soil which provides the final touch to Bidri ware is very rare and comes from Bidar only. I would suggest to shop something if you like and of course, barganing is always possible.