26 December, 2006

Bara Kaman - Bijapur


Bara Kaman is the unfinished mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah. He lost his life in a conspiracy and the monument remained unfinished. "Bara Kaman" translates to "12 arches".

We hired a "guide"... (he wasn't really a guide... we just paid 20Rs to the security guard who agreed to tell us the history of the monument) and he told us a fascinating fable :). There is no evidence on the internet and if it really is "history" and not a fable :) then I guess the entire credit should go to the security guard.

According to the guard, "Ali Adil Shah was murdered by his father Ibrahim Adil Shah to prevent him from constructing Bara kaman. Ibrahim Adil Shah feared that Bara kaman would lessen the popularity of "Gol Gumbaz" that he had constructed and so had his son murdered. Bara Kaman has the tombs of Ali Adil Shah, his wife Chand Bibi, mistress and his daughters."

History records, Ali Adil Shah had only one son and a daughter. Though there is record of other Adil Shahi sultans having a mistress, there is no known record of Ali Adil Shah having one.

The guard then unravelled the mystery of the construction of "Bara Kaman". He explained to us that, "The architect Malik Sandal, initally raised solid walls in the form of concentric arches and once the entire wall was erected, the inner arches were topelled off and only the outermost arch was left intact. Also iron rings were used to hold the stones in place. They weren't cemented together. He pointed to one of the walls (visible to the right in the photo above) and told us that all the walls probably looked like that particular one before the stones were knocked off."

Malik Sandal was the architect of Gol Gumbaz but there is no historic record of him designing the Bara Kaman.

Probably none of what he said was true. But we heard one good fable for 20Rs that we will all probably remember for the rest of our lives.

6 comments:

Santosh Kumar said...

Hi recentely i visited this place...i also heard the same thing abt this place..like it should not beat the GolGumbaz...

really nice story..may be true...!!

Anonymous said...

hi it's very nice place son of adil sahi build this bara kaman but his father having ego tats why his father killing him own son, ali adil sahi planning is after build this monument when sun rising it's shadow fall in gol gumbaz monument. if it's complete bye him it's become no 1 place in bijapur n maybe become world beautiful monument and it's histor also become famous really i love this place


Ajay Gowda(JEEVAN-ROSE)

Ashwini gowda said...

hi...
it's very nice place son of adil sahi build this bara kaman but his father having ego tats why his father killing him own son, ali adil sahi planning is after build this monument when sun rising it's shadow fall in gol gumbaz monument. if it's complete bye him it's become no 1 place in bijapur n maybe become world beautiful monument and it's histor also become famous really i love this place

Anonymous said...

Hi, i visited gol gumbaj, barakaman nd rest all historical places in bijapur.. Bt ggb is really nice nd thr is a miracle abt dt inner voice ya its fantastic...

KARNATAKA SIMSHELPDESK KA said...

pyar ge agbitaythe song shooting has been held here.

Ashwin said...

Fabulous post!! its really an wonderful place to visit. Enjoyed reading this blog. Thanks for sharing this lovely post with beautiful information in this blog. Planning for your trip? then book your bus tickets in advance and enjoy your trip in Bijapur .