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The Adil Shahi or Adilshahi, was a Shia Muslim[4] dynasty, founded by Yusuf Adil Shah, that ruled the Sultanate of Bijapur, centred on present-day Bijapur
Bijapur
district, Karnataka
Karnataka
in India, in the Western area of the Deccan region of Southern India
India
from 1489 to 1686.[6] Bijapur had been a province of the Bahmani Sultanate
Bahmani Sultanate
(1347–1518), before its political decline in the last quarter of the 15th century and eventual break-up in 1518. The Bijapur
Bijapur
Sultanate was absorbed into the Mughal Empire on 12 September 1686, after its conquest by the Emperor Aurangzeb.[7] The founder of the dynasty, Yusuf Adil Shah
Shah
(1490–1510), was appointed Bahmani
Bahmani
governor of the province, before creating a de facto independent Bijapur
Bijapur
state. Yusuf and his son, Ismail, generally used the title Adil Khan. 'Khan', meaning 'Chief' in Mongolian and adopted in Persian, conferred a lower status than 'Shah', indicating royal rank. Only with the rule of Yusuf's grandson, Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
I (1534–1558), did the title of Adil Shah
Shah
come into common use. The Bijapur
Bijapur
Sultanate's borders changed considerably throughout its history. Its northern boundary remained relatively stable, straddling contemporary Southern Maharashtra
Maharashtra
and Northern Karnataka. The Sultanate expanded southward, first with the conquest of the Raichur Doab following the defeat of the Vijayanagar Empire at the Battle of Talikota
Talikota
in 1565. Later campaigns, notably during the reign of Mohammed Adil Shah
Shah
(1627–1657), extended Bijapur's formal borders and nominal authority as far south as Bangalore. Bijapur
Bijapur
was bounded on the West by the Portuguese state of Goa
Goa
and on the East by the Sultanate of Golconda, ruled by the Qutb Shahi
Qutb Shahi
dynasty. The former Bahmani
Bahmani
provincial capital of Bijapur
Bijapur
remained the capital of the Sultanate throughout its existence. After modest earlier developments, Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
I (1534–1558) and Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I (1558–1579) remodelled Bijapur, providing the citadel and city walls, congregational mosque, core royal palaces and major water supply infrastructure. Their successors, Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II (1580–1627), Adil Shah
Shah
(1627–1657) and Ali Adil Shah
Shah
II (1657–1672), further adorned Bijapur
Bijapur
with palaces, mosques, mausoleum and other structures, considered to be some of the finest examples of Deccan Sultanate and Indo-Islamic Architecture. Bijapur
Bijapur
was caught up in the instability and conflict resulting from the collapse of the Bahmani
Bahmani
Empire. Constant warring, both with the Vijayanagar Empire and the other Deccan Sultanates, curtailed the development of state before the Deccan Sultanates allied to achieve victory over Vijayanagar at Talikota
Talikota
in 1565. Bijapur
Bijapur
eventually conquered the neighbouring Sultanate of Bidar
Bidar
in 1619. The Portuguese Empire exerted pressure on the major Adil Shahi port of Goa, until it was conquered during the reign of Ibrahim II. The Sultanate was thereafter relatively stable, although it was damaged by the revolt of Shivaji, whose father was Maratha
Maratha
commander in the service of Adil Shah. Shivaji
Shivaji
founded an independent Maratha
Maratha
Kingdom which went on to become the Maratha
Maratha
Empire, one of largest empires in India, just before the British conquered India. The greatest threat to Bijapur's security was, from the late 16th century, the expansion of the Mughal Empire into the Deccan. Although it may be the case that the Mughals destroyed the Adilshahi it was Shivaji's revolt which weakened the Adilshahi control. Various agreements and treaties imposed Mughal suzerainty on the Adil Shahs, by stages, until Bijapur's formal recognition of Mughal authority in 1636. The demands of their Mughal overlords sapped the Adil Shahs of their wealth until the Mughal conquest of Bijapur
Bijapur
in 1686.

Contents

1 Historical overview 2 Sufis
Sufis
of Bijapur

2.1 Notable Sufis
Sufis
of Bijapur

3 Bijapur: The Great Metropolis Of The Medieval Deccan 4 Palmyra of the Deccan 5 Population and Suburbs 6 Water system 7 Bazaars and Petes 8 Foreign Accounts 9 Gardens and Water Pavilions 10 Education and Learning 11 Medical Aids and Darush-Shafa (Hospitals) 12 Abode of Music 13 Art and architecture

13.1 Adil Shahi arts and heritage

14 Adil Shahis of Bijapur 15 Asar Mahal 16 See also 17 References 18 Further reading 19 External links

Historical overview[edit]

Genealogy of Yusuf Adil Shah

Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II

Sultan
Sultan
Ali Adil Shah
Shah
II hunting a tiger, c 1660

A painting of "The House of Bijapur" was completed in the year 1680, during the reign of Sikandar Adil Shah
Shah
the last ruler of the Adil Shahi dynasty.

The founder of the dynasty, Yusuf Adil Shah, may have been a Georgian slave[8][9] who was purchased by Mahmud Gawan
Mahmud Gawan
from Iran. Yet, Salma Ahmed Farooqui, states, Yusuf was a son of the Ottoman Sultan
Sultan
Murad II.[10] According to the historian Mir Rafi-uddin Ibrahim-i Shirazi, or Rafi', Yusuf's full name was Sultan
Sultan
Yusuf 'Adil Shah
Shah
Savah or Sawah'i (from the ancient town of Saveh, southwest of modern Tehran), the son of Mahmud Beg of Sawa in Iran, (Rafi' 36–38, vide Devare 67, fn 2). Rafi's history of the ' Adil Shahi dynasty
Adil Shahi dynasty
was written at the request of Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II, and was completed and presented to the patron in AH 1017. The Indian scholar T.N. Devare mentioned that while Rafi's account of the Bahmani
Bahmani
dynasty is filled with anachronisms, his account of the Adilshahi is "fairly accurate, exhaustive, and possesses such rich and valuable information about Ali I and Ibrahim II" (312). Rafi-uddin later became the governor of Bijapur
Bijapur
for about 15 years (Devare 316).[citation needed] Yusuf's bravery and personality raised him rapidly in Sultan's favour, resulting in his appointment as the Governor of Bijapur. He built the Citadel
Citadel
or Arkilla and the Faroukh Mahal. Yusuf was a man of culture. He invited poets and artisans from Persia, Turkey
Turkey
and Rome to his court. He's well known as a ruler who took advantage of the decline of the Bahmani
Bahmani
power to establish himself as an independent sultan at Bijapur
Bijapur
in 1498. He did this with a military support which has been given to him by a Bijapuri general Kalidas Madhu Sadhwani – brilliat commander and good diplomat, who made quick career by supporting Yusuf Adil Shah
Shah
and then his son – Ismail Adil Shah. He married Punji, the sister of a Maratha
Maratha
warrior. When Yusuf died in 1510, his son Ismail was still a boy. Punji in male attire valiantly defended him from a coup to grab the throne. Ismail Adil Shah
Shah
thus became the ruler of Bijapur
Bijapur
and succeeded his father's ambition.

Chand Bibi, the regent of Bijapur
Bijapur
(1580–90)

Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
I who succeeded his father Ismail, fortified the city and built the old Jamia Masjid[clarification needed]. Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I who next ascended the throne, aligned his forces with other Muslim kings of Golconda, Ahmednagar
Ahmednagar
and Bidar, and together, they brought down the Vijayanagar empire. With the loot gained, he launched ambitious projects. He built the Gagan Mahal, the Ibrahim Rauza (his own tomb), Chand Bawdi (a large well) and the Jami Masjid. Ali I had no son, so his nephew Ibrahim II was set on the throne. Ali I's queen Chand Bibi
Chand Bibi
had to aid him until he came of age. Ibrahim II was noted for his valor, intelligence and leanings towards the Hindu
Hindu
music and philosophy. Under his patronage the Bijapur
Bijapur
school of painting reached its zenith. Muhammad
Muhammad
Adil Shah
Shah
succeeded his father Ibrahim II. He is renowned for Bijapur's grandest structure, the Gol Gumbaz, which has the biggest dome in the world with whispering gallery round about slightest sound is reproduced seven times. He also set up the historical Malik-e-Maidan, the massive gun.[citation needed] Ali Adil Shah
Shah
II inherited a troubled kingdom. He had to face the onslaught of the Maratha
Maratha
leader Shivaji
Shivaji
on one side and Mughal emperor Aurangzeb
Aurangzeb
on another. His mausoleum, Bara Kaman, planned to dwarf all others, was left unfinished due to his death. Sikandar Adil Shah, the last Adil Shahi sultan, ruled next for fourteen stormy years. Finally on 12 September 1686, the Mughal armies under Aurangzeb
Aurangzeb
overpowered the city of Bijapur. Sufis
Sufis
of Bijapur[edit]

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Sufism
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Sufi
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Sufi
metaphysics Sufi
Sufi
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Sufi
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Sufi
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Practices

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Sufi
Sufi
orders

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Arrival of Sufis
Sufis
in Bijapur
Bijapur
region was started during the reign of Qutbuddin Aibak. During this period Deccan was under the control of native Hindu
Hindu
rulers and Palegars. Shaikh Haji Roomi was the first to arrive in Bijapur
Bijapur
with his companions. Although his other comrades like Shaikh Salahuddin, Shaikh Saiful Mulk and Syed Haji Makki were settled in Pune, Haidra and Tikota respectively. According to Tazkiraye Auliyae Dakkan i.e., Biographies of the saints of the Deccan, compiled by Abdul Jabbar Mulkapuri in 1912–1913,

Sufi
Sufi
Sarmast was one of the earliest sufi of this region. He came to the Deccan from Arabia in the 13th century at a time when the Deccan was a land of unbelievers with no sign of Islam
Islam
or correct faith anywhere. His companions, pupils (fakir), disciples (murid), and soldiers (ghazi), numbered over seven hundred. He settled in Sagar in Sholapur district. There, a zealous and anti-Muslim raja named Kumaram (Kumara Rama) wished to expel Sufi
Sufi
Sarmast, and his companions having also prepared to a struggle, a bitter fight ensued. Heroes on both sides were slain. Finally the raja was killed by the hand of his daughter. Countless Hindus were killed, and at this time Lakhi Khan Afghan and Nimat Khan came from Delhi
Delhi
to assist him. Hindus were defeated and the Muslims were victorious. The rest of the Hindus, having accepted tributary status, made peace. Since by nature he was fundamentally not combative, Sufi
Sufi
Sarmast spread the religion of Mohammed and befriended the hearts of Hindus. Having seen his fine virtues and uncommon justice, many Hindus of that time accepted Islam, finally he died in the year A.H.680 i.e., 1281 A.D.[11] ”

After this period arrival of Sufis
Sufis
in Bijapur
Bijapur
and suburbs was started. Ainuddin Gahjul Ilm Dehelvi narrates that Ibrahim Sangane was one of the early Sufis
Sufis
of Bijapur
Bijapur
parish. Sufis
Sufis
of Bijapur
Bijapur
can be divided into three categories according to period of their arrival viz., Sufis before Bahmani
Bahmani
and / or Adil Shahi Dynasty, Sufis
Sufis
during Adil Shahi Dynasty and Sufis
Sufis
after the fall of Adil Shahi Dynasty. And further it can be classified as Sufis
Sufis
as warriors, Sufis
Sufis
as social reformers, Sufis
Sufis
as scholars, poets and writers. Ibrahim Zubairi writes in his book Rouzatul Auliyae Beejapore (compiled during 1895) which describes that more than 30 tombs or Dargahs are there in Bijapur
Bijapur
with more than 300 Khankahs i.e., Islamic Missionary Schools with notable number of disciples of different lineage like Hasani Sadat, Husaini Sadat, Razavi Sadat, Kazmi Sadat, Shaikh Siddiquis, Farooquis, Usmanis, Alvis, Abbasees and other and spiritual chains like Quadari, Chishti, Suharwardi, Naqshbandi, Shuttari, Haidari etc. Notable Sufis
Sufis
of Bijapur[edit]

Tomb or Dargah of Sufi
Sufi
Saint Murtuza Quadri located at western side Bijapur

Haji Roomi Peer Ma'abari Khandayat Ibrahim Sangane Hafiz Husaini Hamza Husaini Ainuddin Ganjul Uloom Ziauddin Gaznavi Shah
Shah
Sibghatullah Shuttari (buried in Madeenah) Shaikh Hameed Quadari Shaikh Lutfullah Quadari Hashimpeer Dastageer Murtuza Quadari Haidari Shaikh Muntajibuddin Dhoulaki Siddiqui Khwaja Shamshul Ushaq Khwaja Burhanuddin Janam Khwaja Ameenuddin Aala Sayyad Qasim Quadari Sayed Mahummad bukhari Peer Jalal Bukhari Sayyad Mustafa Quadari Sayyad Shah
Shah
Mohammed Basheban Sayyad Abul Hasan Quadari Sayyad Noorullah Nabeera Quadari Sayyad Abdul lateef Nabeera Quadari Sayyad Sha Nabeera Quadari Sayyad Abdur'Razaq Quadari Sayyad Habibullah Sibghatullahi Haji Makki popularly known as Haji Mastan of Tikota Abdur Rahmaan Chishti Abdur Rahmaan Shuttari Sayed Muhammad
Muhammad
Murad Quadri Kareem Muhammad
Muhammad
Husaini Sayed Ja’afar Sakaf Quadri Mukbil Sadat Sayed Shah
Shah
Mohammad Husaini al Quadari Tazeemtark Sayyad Burqa Posh Sayyad Abdul Gaffar Shaheed Shaikh Nasrullah Wali Shaikh Nayeemuddin Quadri Shaikh Muhammad
Muhammad
Quadari Peer Bhadaa Bhad Majzoob Chingi Deewan

Bijapur: The Great Metropolis Of The Medieval Deccan[edit]

Gol Gumbaz

In the second half of 16th century, and 17th century under the aegis of Adil Shahis, the capital city of Bijapur
Bijapur
occupied a prominent place among the celebrated cities of India. It was a great centre of culture, trade and commerce, education and learning etc. It was known for its own culture called, Bijapur
Bijapur
Culture. During Bijapur’s heyday of glory there was a conflux of different communities and the people. Sometimes in many respects it surpassed the great cities of Delhi
Delhi
and Agra
Agra
of Mughal India. Before Yusuf Adil Shah, the founder of the Adil Shahis could make Bijapur
Bijapur
as capital of his newly carved kingdom; the town occupied a considerable importance. The Khaljis made Bijapur their governor's seat, and after sometime Khwajah Mahmud Gawan, the Bahmani
Bahmani
premier constituted Bijapur
Bijapur
region into a separate province. He owned property in Bijapur
Bijapur
called "Kala Bagh". He constructed a mausoleum of Ain-ud-Din Ganj-ul-'ullum. The architecture of the mausoleums of Zia-ud-Din Ghaznavi, Hafiz Husseini and Hamzah Husseini etc. suggests that these edifices belong to the Bahmani
Bahmani
period.[12] Thus Bijapur
Bijapur
was fairly large town under the early Sultans of Adil Shahi dynasty. The capital progressed slowly, however its star was in ascendancy since the accession of Sultan
Sultan
Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I in 1558. His victory in the Battle of Talikota
Talikota
in 1565 and further campaigns in the Krishna-Tunghabhadra regions brought enormous wealth. Hence he began to spend lavishly on its decoration. Under him every year saw some new building, a palace, a mosque, a bastion, or a minaret peeping up its proud head triumphantly. His successor Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II added, so to say, a pearl necklace, Ibrahim Rouza to enhance the beauty of Bijapur, and Mohammed Adil Shah
Shah
crowned it with a priceless gem called Gol Gumbaz. Thus the Adil Shahi monarchs poured their heart and soul in the capital city. The period between accessions of Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I 1558 to the death of Mohammed Adil Shah
Shah
1656, can be called the golden age of the Adil Shahis as the kingdom flourished in all walks of life. Palmyra of the Deccan[edit] It was due to the secular nature and liberal patronage of the Sultans from the different parts of world many scholars, poets, painters, dancers, calligraphers, musicians, Sufi
Sufi
saints and other men of arts flocked into Bijapur. Hence 17th century called Bijapur
Bijapur
as the 'Palmyra of the Deccan'.[13] Population and Suburbs[edit] During the reign of Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II the population of Bijapur
Bijapur
is stated to have reached 984,000 and had incredible total of 1,600 mosques. Under Mohammed Adil Shah
Shah
population further increased. Historian J. D. B. Gribble writes

“ in and around the suburbs of Shahpur only a million people lived. Within fort walls when shelter became difficult the Sultans founded the suburbs of Fatehpur, Aliabad, Shahpur or Khudanpur, Chandpur, Inayatpur, Ameenpur, Nawabpur, Latifpur, Fakirpur, Rasoolpur, Afzalpur, Padshahpur, Rambhapur, Aghapur (wrongly called Ogapur),[14] Zohrapur, Khadijahpur, Habibpur, Salabatpur, Yarbipur, Tahwarpur, Sharzahpur, Yakubpur, Nauraspur, Dayanatpur, Sikandarpur, Quadirpur, Burhanpur, Khwaspur, Imampur, Ayinpur Bahamanhall etc,[15] these suburbs spread in circumference of fifteen miles of Bijapur. From all sides, the gates of Bijapur
Bijapur
fort were thoroughly connected with roads, and the people had good amenities. ”

Water system[edit] The Adil Shahi Sultans made an elaborate arrangement of pure and wholesome water for the people of Bijapur
Bijapur
and its suburbs. At Torvi a masonry dam was constructed. We find another dam in its far eastern side. These two dams fed the reservoirs of Torvi and Afzalpur. Through these works water was supplied to the suburbs of Shahpur, and the capital. Historian C. Schweitzer is of the opinion that the Torvi aqueduct is in itself a very credible engineering achievement of Adil Shahis.[16] To augment the existing water supply in the city Mohammed Adil Shah
Shah
constructed Jahan Begum Lake (Begum Talab) in the south of Bijapur. This Lake fed the southern and eastern sides of the city. Thus water reached every comer of the capital. In addition, to supplement the water needs of the people in and around, the Sultans and nobles constructed big and small wells. Captain Sykes who visited Bijapur
Bijapur
in 1819 reports, there were 700 wells (Boudis) with steps and 300 wells (Kuans or small wells) without steps within the walls of Bijapur. Moreover, we find the remains of tanks and lakes named Rangrez Talab, Quasim Talab, Fatehpur Talab and Allahpur Talab in the vicinity of Bijapur.[17] Begum Talab, which is 234.22-acre (0.9479 km2) tank was constructed in 1651 by Mohammad Adil Shah
Shah
in memory of Jahan Begum. This tank was used for ensuring drinking water supply to the city. To the right side of lake there is an underground room from where water was supplied to city in earthen pipes. The pipes laid to depth of 15 feet (4.6 m) to 50 feet (15 m) were joined and cased in masonry. Many towers of height 25 feet (7.6 m) to 40 feet (12 m) called as "gunj" were built to release pressure of water and prevent pipes from bursting all along. These towers allowed dirt in pipe to remain at the bottom and clear water to flow. Bazaars and Petes[edit] Bijapur
Bijapur
being the capital and big business centre attracted merchants and travellers in large number from the Deccan and many parts of India and foreign lands. Abdal, a court poet in his Ibrahim Namah writes,

“ (at the markets of Bijapur) the wealthy merchants of different countries sat in every direction (with their costly items).. In Bijapur
Bijapur
the merchants could stay in the Sarais (inns) attached to the mosques or other public buildings. Such Sarais are found at Taj Boudi, Sandal Masjid, Bukhari Masjid, Ballad Khan Masjid etc. Nawab Mustafa Khan, a celebrated noble of Mohammed Adil Shah
Shah
built a big Sarai in the west of Bijapur, which is now used as the District Jail. ”

[18] The following market places were established respectively by the Adil Shahi Sultans in and around Bijapur. Yusuf Adil Shah: Markovi Bazar, Thana Bazar, Naghthana Bazar, Daulat Bazar, Dahan Khan Bazar, Markur Bazar, Murad Khan Bazar, Palah Bazar, Mubarak Bazar and. Shahpeth (old) Bazar. Ismail Adil Shah: Kamal Khan Bazar, NakaBazar and Bare-Khudavand Bazar. Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
I: Jagate Bazar, Roa Bazar, Sher Karkhana Bazar, Rangeen Masjid Bazar, Fateh Zaman Bazar, Karanzah Bazar, Sara Bazar, and ShikarKhan Bazar Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I: Jumma Masjid Bazar, SikandarBazar, FarhadKhan Bazar, Dilir Khan Bazar and Haidar Bazar. Mohammed Adil Shah: Padshahpur Bazar. Ali Adil Shah
Shah
II: Shahpeth (new) Bazar. Others: Ikhlas Khan Bazar, Yusuf Rumi Khan Bazar, Shah
Shah
Abu Turab Bazar, Abdur Razzaq Bazar, Langar Bazar, Mahmood Shah
Shah
Bazar, etc.[13] We foud suburban markets called the Peths in the vicinity of Bijapur. They are as follows: Habibpur Peth, Salabatpur Beth, Tahwarpur Peth, Zohrapur Peth, Afzalpur Peth (Takiyah), Shahpur or Khudanpur or Khudawandpur Peth, Danatpur Peth, Sikandarpur Peth, Quadhpur Peth, Khwaspur Peth, Imampur Peth, Kumutagi Peth etc. Foreign Accounts[edit] From different parts of world many envoys, merchants, travellers etc. visited Bijapur
Bijapur
in its heyday of magnanimity and grandeur, and they left behind their valuable accounts of past grandiosities of Bijapur. In 1013 corresponding to (1604–1605) the Mughal Emperor Akbar, commissioner Mirza Asad Baig, one of grandees of his court to Bijapur for diplomatic dealings. He was a person who saw Agra
Agra
and Delhi
Delhi
in their glorious days. He wrote his account called, “Haalat-e-Asad Baig or Wakiat-e-Asad Baig”.[19] From his account we shall be able to form some idea of the position which Bijapur
Bijapur
occupied among the wonder cities of India
India
in the Medieval Ages. He cites in his impression of the city; the grandeurs of the Adil Shahi court and its customs in the following striking words:

“ On 17th of Shaaban I marched forward with attendants that were with me to meet Adil Khan (Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II), and was introduced to him in a building upon that lake Gagan Mahal at Bijapur
Bijapur
appointed for such ceremonies. It was a very pleasant spot appropriately furnished. In two or three houses the rooms were in a perfect tip-top condition, and after prayer on that day Adil Khan came, wish all pomp and circumstances, followed by a retinue of elephants... that palace, which they called ‘’Hajjah’’ (?) All around the gate of my residence were lofty buildings with houses and porticoes; the situation was very healthy and airy. It lies in open space in the city. Its northern portico is to the east of a ‘’Bazaar’’ of a great extent, as much as thirty yards wide and about two Kos long. Before each shop was a beautiful green tree, and the whole ‘’Bazaar’’ was extremely clean and pure. It was filled with rare goods, such as are not seen or heard of in any other town. There were shops of cloths sellers, jewellers, armourers, vintners, fish-mongers, and cooks... in the jeweller's shops were jewels of all sorts, wrought into variety. of articles, such as daggers, knives, mirrors, necklaces, and ‘’laso’’ into the form of birds, such as parrots, doves and peacocks, etc. all studded with valuable jewels, and arranged upon shelves, rising one above the other. By the side of this shop will be a baker's with rare viands, placed in the same manner, upon tiers of shelves in like manner. Then a clothier's, then a spirit merchant's with various sorts of China vessels, valuable crystal bottles, costly cups, filled with choice and rare essence, arrayed on shelves, while in the front of the shop were jars of double-distilled spirits. Besides that shop will be a fruiter's, filled with all kinds of fruits and sweetmeats, such as pistachios nuts, and relishes, and sugar-candy and almonds. On another side may be a wine merchant's shop, and an establishment of singers, dancers and beautiful women adorned with various kinds of jewels, and fair-faced choristers, all ready to perform whatever may be desired of them. In short, the whole ‘’Bazaar’’ was filled with wine and beauty, dances, perfumes, jewels, of all sorts, plates, and viands. In one street were a thousand bands of people drinking, and dancers, lovers, and pleasure-seekers assembled; none quarrelled or disputed with one another and this state of things was perpetual. Perhaps no place in the wide world could present a more wonderful spectacle to the eye of the traveller... (for Emperor Akbar) I purchased for Rs.25900 emeralds, ‘’pokhraj’’, ‘’Nilam’’ and birds made of jewels. I purchased the diamond and ‘’Dugdugi’’ for Rs.55000 and agreed to pay the price after Mir Jamaluddin approves.

[19] Mirza Asad Baig left Bijapur
Bijapur
on 24 January 1604. His graphic account of Bijapur
Bijapur
tells us how this city was prosperous, rich and flourishing.[19] Another traveller Manctelslo, who visited the Deccan in 1638 writes,

Bijapur
Bijapur
was one of the greatest cities in the whole of Asia, more than five ‘’leagues’’ (i.e., fifteen miles) the city had five great suburbs where most of the traders lived and in Scyanpur (Shahpur) were most of the jewelers dealing in costly pearls. ”

Similarly, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, who visited India
India
between 1631 and 1667, was a jeweller, probably he had been to Bijapur
Bijapur
for selling some of his jewels. He has left for us an account, in which he describes Bijapur
Bijapur
was a great city... in its large suburbs many goldsmiths and jewellers dwelt... the king's palace (Arkillah or citadel) was vast, but ill-built and the access to it was very dangerous as the ditch with which it was girt was full of crocodiles,. in the same way, the Dutch traveller, Baldeous, the English geographer, Ogilby and others praise the greatness of Bijapur. Gardens and Water Pavilions[edit] The Adil Shahi Sultans were fond of gardens, water pavilions and resorts; hence they beautified Bijapur
Bijapur
by presence of such amusing spots. Rafiuddin Shirazi writes in his ‘’“Tazkiratul-Mulk”’’ that during the rule of Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
I a garden 60 yards long and 60 yards broad, was laid within the outer ‘’Hissar’’ (i.e., Arbah) and another 20 yards long and 20 yards broad, within the inner one (i.e., Arkilla Wall or citadel) was constructed. In the reign of Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I, many trees of fruits viz. odoriferous orange, date, grapes, pomegranate, figs, apple. ‘’Naar’’ (quince-like fruit), etc. brought from the countries of hot and cold climates were set in gardens.[20] From different historical sources we get references of gardens like Kishwar Khan Bagh, Ali Bagh, Dou-az-Deh (twelve) Imam Bagh, Alavi Bagh, Arkillah Bagh, Nauroz Bagh, Ibrahim Bagh, Murari Bagh, Naginah Bagh, etc. in Bijapur.[20] In southern side in the capital, a renowned Adil Shahi noble, Mubarak Khan constructed water pavilions and resort. Likewise, at Kumatagi village, about 12 miles in the east of Bijapur, the Sultans laid the water pavilions and resort for royal members. Education and Learning[edit] Before the Muslims could establish their rule in Bijapur, it was a great centre of learning in South India. It is evident from the bilingual Marathi- Sanskrit
Sanskrit
inscription, which is inscribed just under the Persian epigraph in the Karimuddin mosque 16 that the city of Bijapur
Bijapur
is given the title of ‘’" Banaras
Banaras
of the South"’’. Since ancient time Banaras
Banaras
in northern India
India
was a celebrated centre of learning. The Khaiji governor of Bijapur, Malik Karimuddin, probably found at this place the great activities of learning; hence he entitled Bijapur
Bijapur
as the Banaras
Banaras
of the South. The Khaljis conquered whole south India
India
and they were well acquainted with its famous cities like Daulatabad of Yadavas, Warangal
Warangal
of Kakatiyas, Dwarasamudra of Hoyasalas and Madurai
Madurai
of Pandyas. However, they did not entitle any of these cities as the Banaras
Banaras
of the South, except Bijapur, though these cities were the capitals of ruling dynasties.[21] During the rule of Bahmanis Bijapur
Bijapur
retained its academic excellence. The renowned learned Sufi
Sufi
of India, Ainuddin Ganjuloom Junnaidi, who authored 125 works of Qur’anic commentaries, Quirat (art of Quranic recitation), Hadith
Hadith
(prophetic Traditions), Scholasticism, Principles of Law, Fique (Islamic Law), Suluk (behavior). Syntax, Lexicography, Ansaab (genealogy). History, Tibb (medicine), Hilmat, Sanf (grammaIj), Quasidah, etc. lived in from 1371, until his death in 1390. His disciple and other Sufis
Sufis
like Ibrahim Sangani and his sons, Abdullah AI-Ghazani, Ziauddin Ghazanavi and Shah
Shah
Hamzah Hussaini kept their noble litterateur's traditions alive in Bijapur.[21] Under the aegis of Adil Shahis of Bijapur
Bijapur
advanced very much in the field of learning. It was considered as the 'Second Baghdad' in scholastic activities in the Islamic world. Owing to its popularity in this sphere Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II named it ‘’”Vidhyapur”’’ All Sultans of Bijapur were men of letters. Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I was well versed in religion, logic, sciences, syntax, etymology and grammar. He was fond of reading to the extent that he kept with him big boxes of books, while on tour. All Sultans patronised the teachers and scholars. It was routine in the capital that the scholars met at different places, and among them learned discussions were held.[21] At the capital the Royal Library was existed in which nearly sixty men, calligraphers, gilders of books, book binders and illuminators were busy doing their work whole day in the library.[22] Sesh Waman Pandit was the Royal Librarian. Ibrahim-II's court poet Baqir Khurd-e-Kasm worked as transcriber in the Royal Library.[23] The noted scholars in the capital were Shah Nawaz Khan, Abdul Rasheed-al-Bastagi, Shah
Shah
Sibagatullah Hussaini, Shaikh Alimullah Muhaddis (a teacher of Sayings or Traditions of Mohummad, and Theology in Jumma mosque), Mullan Hassan Faraghi, MullanHabibullah, Shah
Shah
Mohummad Mulki and Shah
Shah
Habibullah Hussaini.[21] Shah
Shah
Zayn Muqbil, a great lover of learning and books, had eight hundred manuscripts in his library, out of these over three hundred were written by him. Miran Mohummad Mudarris Hussaini was also a great teacher.[24] At the Asar Mahal there were two Madrasas (religious schools), one for teaching Hadith
Hadith
(Tradition) and another for Fiqah and Imaan (Theology and Belief). Free education with delicious food, and stipend of one Hun to each student was provided. The Mosques had the Maktabs (elementary schools) where Arabic
Arabic
and Persian studies were taught. The state supplied books free of costs. The students who performed excellently in the annual examination, received prizes in Huns, and later appointed in high and honourable position. Besides these, most of the Sufis
Sufis
maintained their own Khankhas (convents for disciples) and Kutub Khanas (libraries). Even to this day some of the descendents of Sufis
Sufis
in perpetuity continued this tradition.[21] In consequence of state patronage, a bulk of literature in Arabic, Persian and Dakhani
Dakhani
Urdu
Urdu
had come up. In addition, the languages like Sanskrit, Marathi and Kannada
Kannada
flourished. Pandit Narhari, a court poet of Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II, composed the poetic excellence on his master, called, 'Nauras Manzarf’. Shri Laxmipathi, a disciple of Pandit Rukmangada composed a number of Marathi and Hindi
Hindi
devotional songs set in musical Ragas. Swamy Yadvendra was also a prominent contributor in Marathi literature. In the south of kingdom, the official transaction was carried out in Kannada. Medical Aids and Darush-Shafa (Hospitals)[edit] Dr. Zaman Khodaey says, in the kingdom of Bijapur
Bijapur
the medical aids and Darush-Shafa existed. In the hospitals the different Departments dealt and treated different fevers, eye and ear problems, skin and other diseases. We have references that in the kingdom the physicians practised the Unani, Ayurvedic, Irani and European systems of medicine. Hakim Gilani and Farnalope Firangi, a European physician and surgeon worked under Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II. Farnalope treated his ailing patron wrongly, which caused Sultan's death. Khawas Khan caught him, and as a punishment his nose and lips were cut off. Nothing daunted, Fanalope returned to his home and cut off the nose and lips of one of his slaves, and so fastened the same to his own that he was soon cured even of scars. He lived long in Bijapur
Bijapur
and resumed his practice with great success. Aithippa, an Ayurvedic
Ayurvedic
physician, who was attached to a dispensary at Bijapur
Bijapur
compiled for his son Champa, Tibb-e-Bahri-o-Barri, a treatise on medicine. It contains a short vocabulary of some parts of the human body and some drugs with their equivalent in Arabic
Arabic
and Hindi. It further contains hints as to the examination of patients and symptoms and treatment of diseases. He had spent a long time attending upon and getting instruction from Hakim Mohummad Hussain Unani
Unani
and Hakim Mohammad Masum Isfahani.[25] The great historian Firishta was an expert Ayurvedic
Ayurvedic
physician. He studied this system under Hakim-e-Misri and other Hindu
Hindu
physicians. After attaining proficiency, he started his own dispensary and prepared patent drugs and popular medicines. He possessed a great knowledge of Sanskrit, hence studied thoroughly works of Ayurveda
Ayurveda
like the Samhitas of Wagbhat, Charak and Sushrut, and wrote Dastur-e- Attibba or Iktiyarat-e-Qasmi. In this book he mentioned the names of famous Ayurvedic
Ayurvedic
physicians like Jagdeva, Sagarbhat and Sawa Pandit. He cites in the names of various diseases, herbs and drugs and also discusses simple and compound medicines and formulae of their preparation. The book is fairly comprehensive as its scope extends to anatomy, physiology and therapy. It seems Firishta was an expert in Botany
Botany
as well. He gave details of minutes regarding characteristics of medicinal herbs, plants and fruits of India.[26] Another physician Hakim Rukna-e-Maish skilled in medicine stayed in the court of Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II for some time before he joined the Mughals.[27] At the instance of the same Sultan; Yunus Beg completed Kitab-e-TIbb, a work on medicine. The court poet of Mohammed Adil Shah, Hakim Aatishi possessed a unique skill in medicine and served as the Royal Physician. He was a personal physician of the Sultan, without his permission he could not attend other patients. With permission once he cured Khan-e-Khanan Ikhlas Khan. Aatishi took this onerous duty only when other physicians altogether failed. By his miraculous treatment patients recovered within three weeks. Thus the Adil Shahi Sultans and the nobles never overlooked the medical services and always encouraged the physicians giving them handsome rewards. It because of such encouragement some of the physicians produced literature on medicine. Abode of Music[edit] The Adil Shahi monarchs were great lovers of music; some of them attained high order. Yusuf Adil Shah
Shah
played ‘’Tambur’’(Tambourine) and ‘’Ud’’ (lute). Ismail Adil Shah
Shah
had high admiration for Central Asian
Central Asian
music. Music received greater encouragement under Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II. He was the greatest musician of his age. He was poet and singer and maintained an inordinately a large number of musicians and minstrels (three or four thousand) at his court. The band of musicians was known as Lashkar-e-Nauras (army of Nauras) they were paid by the government regularly. At Nauraspur he constructed Sangeet Mahal and residential mansions for songsters, minstrels and dancing girls. With great pomp the festival of Nauras (musical concert) was celebrated during his time. In a number of paintings Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II was depicted playing musical instruments like ‘’Tambur’’, ‘’Sitar’’, ‘’Veena’’ and ‘’Guitar’’. Emperor Jahangir, and Mirza Asad Baig the Mughal envoy considerably praised Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II's love for music.[28] Mirza Asad Baig writes in his ‘’Wakiyat’’ that he was invited to the royal palace to bid farewell to Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II

“ a grand show of music had been arranged for this occasion. He found the Sultan
Sultan
so wrapped up in listening to the music that he could hardly reply to Asad Baig's questions. The conversation between them for some time mainly concerned music and musicians. The Sultan
Sultan
wanted to know whether Emperor Akbar was fond of music and Asad Baig informed him that the Emperor did sometime listen to music. The Sultan
Sultan
then wanted to know whether Tansen
Tansen
stood or sat while singing before the Emperor and was told that in the Darbar or during day time Tansen
Tansen
had to stand while singing, but at night and on the occasion of Nauroz and Jashan festival Tansen
Tansen
and other musicians were permitted to sit while singing. The Sultan
Sultan
told Asad Baig, "Music is such that it should be heard at all times and always, and musicians should be kept happy. ”

Art and architecture[edit] The Adil Shahi Sultans had concentrated their energies almost exclusively on architecture and the allied arts, each Sultan endeavouring to excel his predecessor in the number, size, or splendor of his building projects. The architecture of Bijapur
Bijapur
is a combination of Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Deccani styles. It is amazing to note mat in Ibrahim Rouzah, Dilkusha Mahal (Mahatar Mahal), Malikah-e-Jahan Mosque, Jal Mahal, etc. the Bijapur
Bijapur
sculptors have carved beautiful designs in stones, as the carpenters do in wood. The stucco plaster designing in some monuments is superb.[29] Adil Shahi arts and heritage[edit]

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A manuscript depicting the ruler of Bijapur
Bijapur
in the year 1591, Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II.

The contribution of the Adil Shahi kings to the architecture, painting, language, literature and music of Karnataka
Karnataka
is unique. Bijapur
Bijapur
( Kannada
Kannada
form of the Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Vidyapur or Vidyanagari) became a cosmopolitan city, and it attracted many scholars, artists, musicians, and Sufi
Sufi
saints from Turkey, Persia (Iran) Iraq, Turkey, Turkestan, etc. The unfinished Jami Masjid, started in 1565, has an arcaded prayer hall with fine aisles supported on massive piers has an impressive dome. The Ibrahim Rouza which contains the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, is a fine structure with delicate carvings. Persian artists of Adil Shahi court have left a rare treasure of miniature paintings, some of which are well-preserved in Europe's great museums. The Dakhani
Dakhani
language, an amalgam of Persian-Arabic, Gujarati, Marathi, and Kannada, developed into an independent spoken and literary language. Under the Adil Shahis many literary works were published in Dakhani. Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II's book of poems and music, Kitab-e-Navras is in Dakhani. The Mushaira (poetic symposium) was born in the Bijapur
Bijapur
court and later travelled north. The Dakhani
Dakhani
language, which was growing under the Bahamani
Bahamani
kings, later came to be known as Dakhan Urdu
Urdu
to distinguish it from the North Indian Urdu. Adil Shah
Shah
II played the sitar and ud and Ismail was a composer. Adil Shahis of Bijapur[edit] Main article: List of Adil Shahi Emperors

Sultan
Sultan
Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II

Yusuf Adil Shah
Shah
(1490–1510) Ismail Adil Shah
Shah
(1510–1534) Mallu Adil Shah
Shah
(1534) Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
I (1534–1558) Ali Adil Shah
Shah
I (1558–1579) Ibrahim Adil Shah
Shah
II (1580–1627) Mohammed Adil Shah
Shah
(1627–4 November 1656); his mausoleum is the Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur Ali Adil Shah
Shah
II (1656–24 November 1672) Sikandar Adil Shah
Shah
(1672–26 September 1686)

Asar Mahal[edit]

Asar Mahal

Muhammad
Muhammad
Qasim Firishta wrote that in year AH 1008, Mir Mohammed Swaleh Hamadani came to Bijapur.He had with him hair of the Muhammad ("Mooy-e-Mubarrak"). Sultan
Sultan
Ibrahim Adil shah heard of this and rejoiced. Met Mir Swaleh Hamdani, the King saw the hair and gave priceless gifts to Mir Sahab. Mir Sahab gave two strands of the hair to Sultan
Sultan
Ibrahim Adil Shah. At first, they were kept in Gagan Mahal, but during the reign of Adil Shah
Shah
a huge fire burned down Gagan Mahal. Everything there burnt up, except the two boxes in which two strands of hair were kept. In the midst of the conflagration, a man named Ali Khan braved the flames, entered and carried the boxes out on his head; the Sultan
Sultan
then kept these boxes in Asar Mahal. "Mooy-e-Mubarrak" Tahavildari(custody) has been given to Hafiz Ahmed Walad Shaik Muhammad
Muhammad
Tahavildar issued by AdliShahi Diwan to Tahavildar family. Till today, the Original Sanad is with Tahavildar family. Annual function is celebrated every year on 12th Rabi-ul-awwal (Sandal & Urs Asar Mahal).This function is held by Tahavildar family regularly since from more than 350 years. At present on 12th Rabi-ul-awwal, the Asar Mahar Sandal Urs is conducted by Tahavildar family under the supervision of Al Haj AbdulRazak Sayed Ahmed Tahavildar-e-Asar Mahal Bijapur. It is said that in the year AH 1142 Adil Shah
Shah
used to frequently view these strands of hair. On one occasion he asked all the Sufi's of that time to come and see them. So Hashim Husaini and Shah
Shah
Murtuza Quadri Haidari came there and asked to open the boxes; they were opened in front of the noble persons. But as they were opened a bright ray was everywhere. Nobody could bear the brightness of the ray and they all became unconscious. Everywhere there was a perfume and then everybody saw the hair. After that period it is said that the boxes were neither opened nor had a privilege .[30] See also[edit]

Chand Bibi List of Sunni Muslim dynasties Bijapur
Bijapur
Fort

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Further reading[edit]

Chapter on "Persian Literature in Bijapur
Bijapur
Sultanate" in The Rise, Growth And Decline of Indo-Persian Literature by R.M. Chopra, Iran Culture House, New Delhi, 2012.

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