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Gulbarga, officially Kalaburagi, is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of the Gulbarga District. Gulbarga is 623 km north of the state capital of Bengaluru and 200 km from Hyderabad. It used to be part of the Hyderabad State, ruled by Nizams.
In the Persian language gul means flower and barga means garden, thus Gulbarga stands for "garden of flowers." The fort of Gulbarga, which is 0.25 sq km, was constructed like a "rose garden" which gave rise to its name. In ancient times, only the most lavish of houses had a flower garden and the naming of the city was based on its history of wealth and opulence.
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Gulbarga means "place of flowers and petals" in poetic Persian. Gulbarga district is situated in the northern part of Karnataka State. In earlier days, Gulbarga was a district of the Hyderabad Karnataka area, and it became a part of Karnataka State after the re-organization of the states.
The recorded history of this district dates back to the 6th Century A.D. The Rashtrakutas gained control over the area, but the Chalukyas regained their domain within a short period and reigned supreme for over two hundred years. The Kalaharis who succeeded them ruled until the 12th century AD. Around the end of the 12th century, the Yadavas of Devagiri and the Hoysalas of Dwarasamadra destroyed the supremacy of the Chalukyas and Kalachuris. About the same period the Kakatiya kings of Warangal came into prominence and the present Gulbarga and Raichur districts formed part of their domain. The Kakatiya power was subdued in 1321 AD and the entire Deccan, including the district of Gulbarga, passed under the control of the Emperors of Delhi.
The revolt of the officers appointed from Delhi resulted in the founding of the Bahmani kingdom in 1347 AD by Hassan Gangu, who chose Gulbarga (called Ahsenabad during this period) to be his capital. When the Bahmani dynasty came to an end in 1428, the kingdom broke up into five independent Sultanates, Bijapur, Bidar, Berar, Ahmednager and Golconda. The present Gulbarga district came partly under Bidar and partly under Bijapur. The last of these sultanates, Golconda, finally fell to Aurangzeb in 1687.
With the conquest of the Deccan by Aurangezeb in the 17th century, Gulbarga passed under the Mughal Empire. In the early part of the 18th century, with the decline of the Mughal Empire, Asaf Jha, a general of Aurangzeb's, became independent and formed the Hyderabad State, in which a major part of the Gulbarga area was also included. In 1948 Hyderabad State became a part of the Indian Union, and in 1956, excluding two talukas which were annexed to Andhra Pradesh, Gulbarga district became part of New Mysore State.
The entire district is situated on the Deccan Plateau, and the elevation ranges from 300 to 750 meters above MSL. Two main rivers, the Krishna and Bhima, flow through the district. The predominant soil type in the district is black soil. The district has a large number of tanks, which irrigates the land along with the river. The Upper Krishna Project is a major irrigation venture in the district. Jowar, groundnuts, rice, and pulses are the main crops. Gulbarga is the highest producer of toor dal or pigeon peas in Karnataka. Gulbarga is an industrially backward district, but is showing signs of growth in the cement, textile, leather and chemical industries. Gulbarga has a university with Medical and Engineering Colleges.
The climate of the district is generally dry, with temperatures ranging from 5° C to 45° C and an annual rainfall of about 750mm. The year in Gulbarga is divided into three main seasons. The summer lasts from late February to mid-June. It is followed by the southwest monsoon, which lasts from late June to late September. It is then followed by dry winter weather until mid-January.
Temperatures during the different seasons are:
- Summer : 26° C to 39° C
- Monsoon : 23° C to 32° C
- Winter : 4° C to 31° C
|Climate data for Gulbarga|
|Average high °F||85.6||89.6||95||100.4||101.3||93.2||86||86.9||87.8||87.8||85.3||84.2||90.26|
|Average low °F||60.4||63.3||72.1||76.8||77.7||75.2||73.2||72.5||72.7||70.7||64.8||59.4||69.9|
|Average high °C||29.8||32.0||35.0||38.0||38.5||34.0||30.0||30.5||31.0||31.0||29.6||29.0||32.37|
|Average low °C||15.8||17.4||22.3||24.9||25.4||24.0||22.9||22.5||22.6||21.5||18.2||15.2||21.06|
As of the 2014 Indian census, Gulbarga has a population of 1,101,989. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Gulbarga has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy being 70%, while female being 30%. In Gulbarga, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kannada and Urdu are the main languages spoken in this city.
There are many different attractions located in Gulbarga: Sharanabasaveshwar Temple, Shri Kshetra Ganagapur (Ganagapur), a well-known pilgrimage site of the god Shri Sadguru Dattatreya Narasimha Saraswati, Sri. Hulakantheshwar Temple (Herur. B), and the Ghathargi Bhagayavanti Temple (Afzalpur Taluk), located on the bank of the Bhima River. Places of religious importance in Gulbarga include the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, Sharanabasaveshwar Temple, Buddha Vihar and Sheikh Roza Dargah. Devotees from all over the world visit these places of worship every year.
Jolada Rotti : Jolada Rotti/Jowari Bhakri (known as sorghum in the western world) is the staple diet in the region. It is prepared from jowar flour. Jolada Rotti or Jwarichi Bhakri is served with traditional curries, especially Brinjal curry, and spiced groundnut powder and yogurt. Generally, the food in Gulbarga is considered very spicy when compared with the rest of the state.
Hoorana Holige : A variant of Puran Poli of Maharashtra. This is a type of specialty sweet found only in Gulbarga and prepared during any festivals. It is a kind of stuffed pancake. Chickpeas and Jaggery are grounded and stuffed into wheat flour and then cooked. This is served with mango pulp as a side dish.
Sengada hindi : The best dish in north karnataka is Peanut Chutney powder (in hindi language) Chutney or side topping prepared using roasted groundnut, red chilli powder, salt, garlic. All these ingredients are well grounded into powder. It can be eaten with almost all main course cuisines.
Tahari : The best dish in north Karnataka is Gulbarga Tahari. Tahari is prepared by adding the meat to the rice, as opposed to the traditional Biryani, where the rice is added to the meat.
Malpuri : Malpuri, also known as "mamu ki malpuri", is another famous sweet of Gulbarga and is the best sweet in north Karnataka. It is best eaten when hot, and the best time to buy it fresh is around 4 pm in the afternoon.
Gulbarga is 613 km north of Bangalore and well connected by road to Bangalore, Mumbai, Bijapur, Hyderabad and other major cities. Gulbarga has a 55.5-kilometre (34.5 mi) long, four-laned ring road.
Long-distance bus routes
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs a bus service to other cities and villages. There are also various private bus services. The Bidar-Srirangapatna state highway made travel easy to Bangalore and the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Goa. There are many private services running Volvo buses between Bangalore and Gulbarga, and between Mumbai and Gulbarga.
Gulbarga railway station is served by the Solapur-Guntakal line, which is part of the Mumbai-Chennai line, and it is well connected by trains to all major parts of India, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Gwalior and Agra. A project connecting Gulbarga to Bidar via rail is still in progress. Once completed, it will help to reduce travel time between Bangalore and New Delhi by 6–7 hours. Gulbarga railway station comes under the Central Railway.
A minor airport is being developed in Gulbarga on a public-private-partnership basis and is expected to be operational by mid-2014. It is under construction near the village of Srinivas Saradagi.
The city also has two Medical Colleges: Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College (MRMC) and KBN Medical College. There are three dental colleges, one run by HKE society and another by Albadar trust, ESI hospital.
There are 6 engineering colleges in the city run by various educational groups. A next generation robotics and VLSI design training and development center has also been started close to the PDA Engineering College, under the name of Bahasa Robotics.
Gulbarga also has a university, Gulbarga University, established in 1980. Its jurisdiction extends to the six districts of Gulbarga, Yadgir, Bidar, Raichur, Bellary and Koppal. Earlier it was a post-graduate center of Karnataka University, Dharwad since 1970. The main campus is situated on 860 acres (3.5 km2) of land, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of Gulbarga city. It has 37 post-graduate departments and 4 post-graduate centres located at Krishnadevarayanagar, Bellary, Raichur and Bidar. Another post-graduate centre at Basavakalyan is planned. The University enrolls about 3500 students every year for various post-graduate, M.Phil. and PhD programmes in various disciplines. There are about 200 faculty members and about 700 technical and non-technical supporting staff. There are 230 colleges affiliated with this University teaching graduate/diploma courses in arts, fine arts, music, social sciences, science and technology, commerce, education and law. There are several institutions which offer a good education in the field of nursing, including Vijaykumar College of Nursing, H.K.E. Societies C.O.N., Al Kareem, and Al Qamar.
The city also hosts the Karnataka Central University. Gulbarga is known as the 'City of Education' for its institutions managed by the private and the government sector.
Gulbarga has been home to two ex-chief ministers of Karnataka, namely Veerendra Patil (1968–1971, 1988–1990) and Dharam Singh (2004–2006); both belonged to the Indian National Congress party. Mallikarjun Kharge is the present Member of Parliament and was also formerly the Union Minister for Railways. The Legislative Assembly members from Gulbarga are: Qamar-ul-Islam (Gulbarga North), Dattatraya Revoor (Gulbarga South) and G. Ramkrishna (Gulbarga Rural).
Shrines and Domes
The city of Gulbarga is filled with many shrines and domes built according to Islamic architecture. One of the famous Dargahs is that of Khwaja Banda Nawaz, who was a famous Sufi saint from India of the Chishti Order, who advocated understanding, tolerance and harmony among various religious groups. Banda Nawaz was born as Syed Muhammad Hussaini in Delhi in 1321. When he was four, his family moved to Daulatabad in Deccan (now in Maharashtra). At the age of fifteen, he returned to Delhi for his education and training by Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi. He was also a very enthusiastic student of Hazrat Kethli, Hazrat Tajuddin Bahadur and Qazi Abdul Muqtadir. After teaching at various places, such as Delhi, Mewath, Gwalior, Chander, Aircha, Chatra, Chanderi, Miandhar, Baroda and Khambayat, he came to Gulbarga at the invitation of Sultan Taj ud-Din Firuz Shah in 1397 and died there in November 1422. Thousands of pilgrims visit Gulbarga during the annual festival held at the holy shrine of Khwaja Bande Nawaz Darga to commemorate his birth anniversary.
Many more big and small shrines and dargahs are also located in different parts of Gulbarga city. Sirajuddin Junaidi and many other saints have selected this city as their last home.
- Gulbarga's old moated fort is in a deteriorated state, but it has a number of interesting buildings inside, including the Jama Masjid Gulbarga, reputed to have been built by a Moorish architect during the late 14th or early 15th century in imitation of the great mosque in Cordoba, Spain. The mosque is unique in India, with a huge dome covering the whole area, four smaller ones at the corners, and 63 still smaller ones all the way around. The fort itself has 15 towers.
- Sri Kshetra Ghangapur is a famous pilgrimage center of the god Sri Sadguru Dattatreya, situated very close to Gulbarga.
- Buddha Vihar of Siddarth trust, inaugurated by the president of India, Pratibha Patil, Mallikarjun Kharge and the Dalai lama on 7 January, is another place of attraction in Gulbarga, visited by all ages of the community. It is located about 2 km from Gulbarga University. It has a large meditation hall.
- Sharanbasaveshvar garden on the tank bund road.
- Gulbarga also has a number of imposing tombs of Bahmani kings, and the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple. Gulbarga was also known as Sheriff-e-Gulbarga; however, today it is known simply as Gulbarga.
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