Bidar is an important historical city with an altitude of 2,200 feet above sea level where situated in the north-eastern part of Karnataka state.Bidar district shares the border with Telangana and Maharashtra. It was the capital of the Brahmani rulers during the 15th century. Godavari and Krishna are the two rivers flow close to this city.
Bidar is also called as Vidurnagar. There is a festival named as Bidar Utsav is organized in the month Jan or Feb. The main reason for this festival is to encourage or showcases the culture and heritage of the city. Even it is also famous for Bidri Works like Bamboo crafts and Furniture.
There are many places to visit in Bidar like Bidar Fort, Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple, Guru Nanak Jhira, and Papanash Shiva Temple.
Must-Visit Places In Bidar :
Bidar Fort :
Bidar Fort is one of the biggest and highlight of the city was built by Ahmed Shah Bahmani in the year 1428. The fort has an Islamic and Persian architecture style which consists of length and breadth are 1.21 Km and 0.80 Km. This fort is surrounded by triple-moat wall made by red rock with 37 massive octagonal bastions and having 5 Darwaza.
There are some of the monuments inside the fort are Rangin Mahal, Takht Mahal, Jami Masjid and Sola Khamba Masjid. The fort has a unique water supply system extract from groundwater sources. Many movies have been shot at this place. The gates, audience halls, kitchens, and royal baths give a different experience for tourists.
Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple :
Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple is a unique temple in bidar situated under the Manichoola hill range. This temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. It is believed that the temple is a Swayambu roopam. Even this temple can be called as Water Cave Temple or Jharani Narasimha Swamy Temple. Only 8 people can stand and watch because of its very small space.
The statue of the temple is inside the cave and you will find the cave tunnel is filled with water stream were to visit the statue you must walk through stream depth of 4 -5 ft to reach and the darshan of Lord Narasimha.There is a Shiva Linga inside the cave. Devotees can purchase Abhishekam tickets at the entrance and people take their small children on their shoulders.
There is minimum lighting inside the cave and you can observe flying bats. Devotees believe that this water has the power to remove skin diseases. Earlier this place was difficult but now the temple is air-conditioned, rooms, overhead tanks and parking. So that devotees are increasing every year to take darshan of Lord Narasimha. It gives a thrilling experience and place is surrounded by picturesque and monuments.
Guru Nanak Jhira :
Guru Nanak Jhira is a Sikh holy shrine built by Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib in the year 1948. This Gurudwara is dedicated to the first Sikh guru Guru Nanak. The Gurudwara has three main halls called the Darbar Sahib, Langar Hall, and Diwan Hall. In the Sukhaasan room, Guru Granth Sahib the holy book of Sikh is placed here.
Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the major festivals celebrated by the Sikhs. There is a water tank called Amrit Kund from spring present opposite to the front stairs of the Gurudwara. They believe that a holy dip in the water cleanses the body and soul.
The Gurudwara celebrates Holi, Dussehra and Guru Nanak’s Birthday.Tourists from different places come here. Even the management runs free hospitals, colleges, and schools. For visitors, they provide free meals day and night. A museum also built in the Gurudwara.
Papanash Shiva Temple :
Papanash Shiva Temple is one of ancient Shiva temple situated in Bidar, Karnataka. This temple is special attraction where Lord Rama has Installed Shiva Linga while returning from Lanka. Papanash means destroyer of sins. The Shiva Linga can be touched by devotees and offers pujas.
There is a natural spring which flows into a pond called as Papnash present in front of the temple. The original temple was destroyed and a new temple was built. This temple is surrounded by a picturesque background. During Shivaratri, this temple attracts many devotees.