History of Bidar

Bidar, in North Karnataka was once the capital city of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties. Read through as we take you through the Mughal and Kannada history that has made this town famous.

The Chalukyas and the Yadavas 

It became the part of the Chalukyan Empire in the 10th century. The capital city of the Chalukyan rulers is located at Kalyani, which is 57 km from here. Bidar went through turmoil during the early medieval period. It was taken over by the Yadavas of Devangiri and later by the Kakatiyas of Warangal in the 14th century.

The Bahamani Kingdom 

It then became a part of the Bahamani kingdom in the 14th century. Historically, Bidar was the capital of the Bahamani Kingdom (1347-1526) and the kingdom comprised of Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Golconda, and Birar. The ruler of Bidar was Barid Shah. 

Barid-Shahi Dynasty

The Bahamani rulers ruled here until 1487. The chequered history of Bidar did not stop here. The Barid Shahi dynasty took over Bidar, which was in turn taken over by the Adil Shahi rulers of Bijapur. It was added into the Mughal Empire by Aurangzeb in 1656 while on his way to conquer the southern parts of India. 

Basavanna period and the Nizam of Hyderabad

Bidar witnessed a religious revolution under the Veerasaiva (Lingayat) reformist Basavanna in the medieval period. The Nizam of Hyderabad took over Bidar in the early part of the 18th century. After Indian independence in 1947, Nizam rule was abolished and Bidar became part of the State of Karnataka.  

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