The name of Bidar appears to be derived from 'bidiru' which means bamboo. The place seems to have been known for bamboo clusters in the past, came to be known as 'Bidaroor' and then 'Bidare', 'Bidar'. Though there are other versions of origin, the name 'Bidarooru' seems to be more near one and authenticated by contemporary literary works.
Bidar is the northern most District of Karnataka State. It is 140 Kms from Hyderbad Airport and well connected by National Highway No. 9. The District Council of Culture, Bidar is organising a three days Bidar District festival called Bidar Utsav 2009 at historic Bidar Fort Premises from 27th January 2009 to 29th January 2009.
Bidar has glorious chapters of past as capital of Chalukyas and later as kingdom of Bhamani's. Its achievemnets in statecraft are immense but stand surpassed by those in socio cultural and religious fields Viz., revolution by Jagadguru Basavanna, One of the five holy places of Sikhs in the form of Gurudwara Nanak Jhira, 15th Century Persian University of Mohammed Gawan and so on. The list is endless.
The three days festival will have many Cultural events,Sports events, Film festival, Food festival, Kite festival and also Health Mela. Many Artists of National and International fame have confirmed their performances in Bidar Utsav 2009 and the details of the events can be seen by clicking the respective events.
This article provide Greater details of Bidar information like tourist desitination of Bidar, Photos, Videos and Maps.
There are following Tourist Destination in Bidar....
Bidar fort is considered as one of the most formidable for ts of the country. Bidar City was distinctly planned and built. The main citadel Complex housed the royal palaces, Mahals, and Mosque. Adjoining to this on the southern side, the city was built for the people. Both the citdel complex and city had separte forts for protection. The plan of the Bidar city fortification is pentagonals. There are five gateways for entry into the city fort. It is the main citdel complex for which is more strong. It is built on the brink of the plateau. Engineers and architects of various countries were employed in its design and construction.
It is said to have been built in 1423-24 A.D. by Qubil Sultani when Prince Muhammad was viceroy. The mosque is known so, as it has 16 pillars in the front. It is also called Zanana Masjid as it is situated near the Zanana enclosure.
It was an important masque as the Friday prayers and state function of a religious character were held here. It is about 90 meters long and 24 meter wide. There is a well beyond the southern wall of the mosque. Its interior is beautiful with provision for fresh air and light inside. The massive columns, arches and domes are attractive. It is considered as one of the largest mosque in India. Jami Masjid and Kali Masjid are the other two important monuments from the architectural point of view
Tomb of Khalil-Ullah
It is the tomb of Khalil-Ullah who was the preceptor of Ahmad Shah. It is erected on elevated place. The building is octagonal in plan. There are traces of fine decorations on the walls of the building. This prominent building is altogether one of the excellent buildings constructed by the Bhamani’s. It is on the way to Ashtoor.
Guru Nank Jhira, Bidar
Gurudwara Bidar is one of Holiest Place for Sikhs. Every Year this place attracts lots of tourists from all parts of the country particularly during the months of November and March. Legend has it that Saint Guru Nanak visited the palce while the land was in the grip of a famine The Guru performed a miracle at the request of the locals and a spring of water from the laterite rock mountain burst out. Till this day crystal clear water flows from the laterite trap.The belief is that drinking of this water cures many ailments.
Papnash Shiva Temple at Bidar:.
As per the local traditional saying, the Shiva Linga idol in this temple is one of those installed by Shri RAM during the time of his journey back from Lanka. The location of the temple in a valley is mesmerising to the eyes. Every year at the time of Shivrathri festival lot of tourists visit this place. A natural spring flows into a pond in front of the temple which is called 'Papnasha'
Narshimha Jhira Water Cave Temple:
At this place the Powerful diety as per the belief here is situated in cave of nealy 300 meters. One has to wade through water upto chest height to have darshan of the diety. It will be thrilling experience with bats and owls sitting on the roof toop of cave but they will not do any harm to the devotees. In the year 1999 with efforts of an young IAS Officer Mr. M Maheswar Rao who was working as Assistant Commissioner and was incharge of this temple comittee got the cave Air conditioned and Electrified.
Dev DeV Vana (Botanical Garden):
An Eco Tourism center 6 KM away from Bidar town on Bidar - Hyderbad Highway. With more than 200 medicinal plants, this vana is believed to be something of a unconventional temple of plants.
Veerbhadreshewar Jatra's at Humnabad & Changlare:
Two very ancient temples of Lord Veerbhadreshwara in Humnabad Taluk one at Humnabad and one at Changlara village attract lakhs of tourists in the Month of January and November respectively for the yearly Jatra and cart pulling Mohotsav's. The temple at Humnabad constructed in 1725 is famous for its moving pillar.
Manik Prabhu Temple at Humnabad:
It attracts lots of tourists in the Month of December at the time of Annual Celebrations. On the same ocassion every year a Night long Classical Musical function will be held and till now the likes of Bhimsen Joshi, Zakir hussain and many others have come here for this annual jatra mahotsav.
Chidambara Aashram, Shri Siddharudha Math, (Gumpa) Bidar :
Chidambara Aashram, Shri Siddharudha Math, (Gumpa) is built in the year 1986 by Shri Shivkumar Swamiji. There are 12 Jyothirlingas on both the sides Shri Siddharudha statue. This is temple located at Manahalli Road, Bidar. This is also known as Gumpa. During last three decades Shri Siddharudha Math (Gumpa) has became the center of Religious, Educational and Social activities. Shri Shivkumar Swamiji delivers Pravachana in the month of July (Shravana masa), Navarathri, & Every Sunday Evening. Lots of devoties has the spiritual thrust in them. A visitor/devotees who visits holy places in bidar, if any devotee not visit this temple his yatra becomes incomplete. Every year lots of devotees from all parts of the India visits to celebrate Sadguru Siddharudha & Shivakumar Mahaswamiji Jayanti. This is Celebrated particularly in the month of November.
How to Reach Bidar
By Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Terminal, Begumpet, Hyderabad is Just 120 Kms away from Bidar District Head Quarters. Its just 2 and half hours drive from the airport to Bidar on NH9 till Zaheerabad and a diversion of 28 KMs after Zaheerabad.
By Rail : Rail facility is available from Bangalore and Hyderbad. Bangalore - Nanded Link Express Via Bidar, Departure from Bangalore at 9.50 PM. Secundrabad - Manmad Express from Hyderbad Departure at 6 PM from Secundrabad Station, Hyderbad. Hyderbad - Aurangabad Express from Kachiguda weekly thrice. One can also take Udyan express or KK Express from Bangalore reach Gulbarga and take a bus from there, its 105 KMS from Gulbarga.
By Road: From Bangalore many Govt Luxury Buses of KSRTC ply daily via Hyderbad, Its 16 hours journey from Bangalore via Hyderabad on NH 7 and NH 9. From Bangalore Via Gulbarga and Bellary its 20 hours journey. From Hyderbad Imaliban bus stand for every 15 minutes a Bus to Bidar is available from Plat form No 36.
Major Tourist Attraction of Bidar
Bidar District Mas
Bidar District Photo Gallery
Bidar District Video gallery
Nearest Attraction of Bidar
Bidar Monuments and Historical places