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!

To see the World visit other participants at: That’s My World Tuesday.
Visit to Gagan Mahal Bijapur
Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur

51 Responses to “Bara Kaman, Bijapur

  • The arches look like the lace on the end of a sleeve.

  • An interesting post. It seems there is a lot to see in your country.

  • What a very interesting location! Thanks for sharing the story behind it!

  • Fantastic post as always, Indrani! Really fascinating and it is so interesting to see the differences in the aging of the structures you have shared with us. But then again I guess everything ages in different ways from buildings, to tombs, to people.

    Have a great week!

  • That's an interesting post and I love the arches.

  • That looks to be a very interesting site Indrani. Thanks for showing us your world!

  • Very beautiful and very unusual, it does remind me a bit of a Gothic cathedral

  • Crumbling or not ..those are beautiful !!

    What I find incredible and aweinspiring, when visiting places like this… is the fact that I am walking in the footsteps of those that built these places, hundreds and sometimes 1000's of years ago. It's spiritual..

    Great photos and information 🙂

  • The arches are beautiful. Perhaps the effect of crumbling architecture adds to the mystique of a mausoleum. Great photos.

  • Fantastic post:)
    Great architecture !!
    It looks very special.
    I think it is unique
    with so many arches.
    I would also not feel comfortable by mausoleums.
    I do not know my feeling tells me that….

  • This looks like an amazing place to take pictures. I would love it. Your pictures look great.

  • These are so beautiful. They remind me of ruins in Britain, different history, but you have a much more beautiful sky.

  • Interesting. Haven't seen before. Great photos of it.Thanks for sharing.
    Now and Then

  • Indian tradition and building: great your World.
    Luiz Ramos

  • So mysterious, so full of story. Beautiful.

  • cool pics and a thanks for the history lesson!

  • Yes, these places can be very unsettling. And yet the architecture is amazing and creative.

  • I love ruins for they offer a glimpse of what once stood there. Thanks for sharing your wonderful world.

  • The arches are marvelous examples of old stonework. Too bad they are crumbling. But such is the way of unmaintained structures. When ever I visit ruins I get an old feeling, not always bad. Excellent post.

  • Splendid architecture and attractive arches. This is a wonderful place which seems to be in another world.
    Your country is really amazing, Indrani.

  • Wow these arches are beautiful. Your country is really rich in history.

  • you have shared the sombreness through your pictures…
    wonderful work!

  • you have shared the sombreness through your pictures…
    wonderful work!

  • Beautiful snaps against the blue background of sky. This is a amazing place with lot of history.

  • Those archways are beautiful.

  • Attractive arches . Hope they stand the tide of time.

  • Mausoleum fascinate me; and these crumbling arches remind me of a mystery novel I read (Crumbling Wall)when I was eleven. I enjoyed viewing the pics! Thanks.

  • "Crumbling arches" is such a beautiful term, loved the term. Mausoleums fill me with gloom too, I am happy with forts and warriors. But lovely pictures and a great post. How do you manage to travel so frequently?

  • The only mausoleum I was SO eager to see is the Taj Mahal 🙂

    But seriously though, the crumbling arches idea is pretty cool actually, very interesting.

    Thanks for the virtual tour. Your pictures are beautiful.

  • Your photos are wonderful. I would enjoy visiting there.
    Thanks for visiting, have a nice day.

  • Such a pity these beautiful arches are decayingin front of our eyes. If the tops of the wall and arches were capped the whole could still be protected from further rapid damage.

  • First off wonderful post photography is lovely. Second I applaud your courage to face your fears and go experience this in light of your feelings….. great post.

  • Ravishankar
    9 years ago

    Nice pictures.

    I loved Bijapur. Wonderful place to visit during the cooler months.

    Waiting for the Gol Gumbaz pic. It was larger than my imagination.

  • Is really incredibly fascinating
    the architecture with the arches and I remember vaguely gothic style …
    Beautiful series of photos, thanks!

  • Wow, incredible world.

  • Indrani,

    It is always fun to travel with you in your land. Thanks so much for taking us with you!

  • I love those arches against the cool blue.

  • been here a long time ago when i was in college

  • beautiful pictures……
    good work…..

  • Beautiful! You find so many exciting places to bring us to, Indrani. Thanks!

  • Such wonderful photos of some beautiful architecture.

  • Never heard of this monument. Thx for sharing info abt its architecture..

  • Wow! These are awesome!!

  • Lovely pictures and very good write-up.

  • The contrasting colors are truly beautiful. The blue sky is a stunning backdrop to wonderful structures.

  • Very informative post. This place sure looks like the one worth a visit… Thanks for sharing!

  • Interesting. Feels the photos have the value of culture in it.

  • wow! nice photo-stories you have written! pictures are excellent!

  • looks like an amazing place – and worth the discomfort you felt afterwards.

    You also had a beautiful day for photography – I love shot 3 and how the arches contrast against the blue sky!!

    great post.

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