Bara Kaman, Bijapur
Have you seen crumbling arches? Arches those are silently crumbling, yet graceful? Bijapur has the remains of one such monument. In fact it is the incomplete mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah (1656 to 1686).
Ali Adil Shah of the Adil Shahi dynasty wanted to build a mausoleum of unmatched quality of architecture. As per the plan twelve arches will be placed vertically as well as horizontally surrounding the tomb of Ali Adil Shah. However due to unknown reason the work on the structure was left incomplete and only two arches were raised vertically. The remains of the twelve arches placed horizontally can be seen.
The thought of visiting mausoleums gives me a very uneasy feeling. The sight of structure of tombs dampens my spirits, and the profound mood continues a long time after the visit too. Yet, I toured. I was curious to see all that I learned in my history classes for real.
Bijapur(530 km northwest of Bangalore) is dotted with many such mausoleums and the architecture there, though many of them are crumbling, is stunning. The stern elegance of the discolored monuments is is in complete contrast to the colorful Rajasthan we visited a couple of months back. But then India is a country of many contrasts!