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This article is about the municipality in India. For its namesake district, see Kalaburagi district.
Corporation/Municipality City
Sharana Basaveshwara Temple
Gulbarga is located in Karnataka
Coordinates: 17°20′00″N 76°50′00″E / 17.3333°N 76.8333°E / 17.3333; 76.8333Coordinates: 17°20′00″N 76°50′00″E / 17.3333°N 76.8333°E / 17.3333; 76.8333
Country India
State Karnataka
Region Bayaluseeme
District Kalaburagi District
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Body District Administration
 • Total 64 km2 (25 sq mi)
Area rank 6
Elevation 454 m (1,490 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 543,000
 • Rank 5
 • Density 8,500/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Demonym Kalaburgiyava
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 585101
Telephone code 91(8472)
Vehicle registration KA-32

Gulbarga / Kalaburagi is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of the Kalaburagi District.It is also a major City of North Karnataka Region. Kalaburagi is 623 km north of the state capital of Bengaluru and 200 km from Hyderabad. Although initially part of Hyderabad State, it was incorporated into a newly formed Mysore State (now known as Karnataka) through the States Reorganisation Act in 1956. Kalaburagi is also famous for toordal & the limestone deposits are more in Kalaburagi District. It is called one of the Sufi city having famous religious places, like Bande Nawaz dargah and Ladle Mashak in aland taluk of kalaburagi dist. Every year during urs of hazrat bande nawaz people come from all India,far cities like Mumbai,hyderabad,lucknow,etc. and it has many other famous places like Sharana Basaveshwara Temple and buddha vihar.


The recorded history of Kalaburagi dates back to the 6th century. 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. Around the end of the 12th century, the Yadavas of Devagiri and the Hoysalas of Dwarasamadra destroyed the supremacy of the Chalukyas and Kalachuris. Around the same period, the Kakatiya kings of Warangal came into prominence and the present Kalaburagi and Raichur districts formed part of their domain. The Kakatiya power was subdued in 1321 AD and the entire Deccan, including the district of Kalaburagi, passed under the control of the Delhi Sultanate.

The revolt of the officers appointed from Delhi resulted in the founding of the Bahmani Sultanate in 1347 AD by Zafar KhanHasan Gangu, who chose Kalaburagi(called Ahasanabad during this period) to be the 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 Kalaburagi 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, Kalaburagi passed under the Mughal Empire. In the early part of the 18th century, with the decline of the Mughal Empire, Asaf Jha, one of Aurangzeb's generals, formed the Hyderabad State, in which a major part of the Kalaburagi 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,Kalaburagi district became part of new Mysore State.

Gulbarga (Urdu) (city of flowers and gardens) was renamed Kalaburagi (Kannada) (Kala-Art/Bura-Bad, Strong Stone Fort[citation needed]) effective 1 November 2014.[1]

Art and Architecture[edit]

The largest collection of Islamic art is seen only at the domed ceiling and walls are adorned with painting containing calligraphy designs and floral, flower and plants and geometric patterns inside the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Shah Qhabulullah Husayni with natural colours. By religious restrictions the artist was prohibited from depicting living beings in the interior of tomb, and his imagination was therefore employed either in inventing new designs for religious texts or in adding further delicacy and subtleness to the geometric and floral devices by making the drawings more and more intricate. A small tomb situated beside the said Sufi’s tomb also has an excellent work painted flower plants on ceiling. Another vacant Shore Gumbad outside the city also having delicate designs on its domed ceiling is superb. The walls and ceiling of the tomb of Sultan Firuz Shah Bahmani can be appreciated which, although in monotone, represents faithfully the various creepers and floral patterns, the numerous geometric devices, and several calligraphic styles. The most notable building, however, of this period is Jama Masjid of Gulbarga fort, built by Persian architect named Rafi in 1367 during the reign of Muhammad Shah Bahmani I.

The glory of the towns in north Karnataka really waned with the decline of Bahmani dynasty, although Barid Shahi and Adil Shahi kings kept up its beauty during their chequered rule. Royal patronage played an important role in the making of Islamic art, as it has in the arts of other culture. From fourteenth century onwards, especially in the eastern lands, the books of art provide the best documentation of the courtly patronage. Today, the finest arts are found in India, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Egypt and Morocco, where the legacy of Islamic arts remain live and strong.


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 irrigate the land along with the river. The Upper Krishna Project is a major irrigation venture in the district of Jowar. The main crops are groundnuts, rice, and pulses. Kalaburagi is the largest 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.Kalaburagi 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 Kalaburagi 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. This 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
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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 precipitation inches 0.106 0.173 0.177 0.713 1.551 4.689 4.587 5.843 7.346 4.142 1.098 0.181 30.606
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
Average precipitation mm 2.7 4.4 4.5 18.1 39.4 119.1 116.5 148.4 186.6 105.2 27.9 4.6 777.4
Source: IMD


As of the 2014 Indian census,[2] Kalaburagi has a population of 1,101,989. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Kalaburagi has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. The male literacy is 70%, while that of females is 30%. In Kalaburagi, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kannada and Urdu are the main languages spoken in this city.

Religions in Kalaburagi
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).


There are many different attractions located in Kalaburagi: Bahmani fort, Tomb of first Bahmani Sultan Hasan, Government Museum, Holkonda fort, Ferozabad fort, 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

Dargah entrance


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 Kalaburagi 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.

Malpuri Malpuri is a dessert which is a sweet which is stuffed with khoa. It is widely popular in kalaburagi and available across the city in various shops and sweet stalls.

Tahaari Tahaari is a local variant of rice delicacy mainly made with beef or mutton. It is made by mixing the meat and gravy with rice unlike biryani, where the rice is mixed with the gravy mixture. It is popular among the Muslim community in the city and available in Muslim restaurants across the city.


Gulbarga Railway Station

Kalaburagi is 613 km north of Bangalore and well connected by road to Bangalore, Mumbai, Bijapur, Hyderabad and other major cities.

has a 55.5-kilometre (34.5 mi) long, four-laned ring road.[3]

Local transport[edit]

Auto rickshaws are available for getting around the city at fairly reasonable rates. NEKRTC (Nrupatunga) city buses circulate within the city and also travel to the nearby towns and villages.

Long-distance bus routes[edit]

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 makes travel easy to Bangalore and the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Goa. There are many private services running buses between Bangalore and Kalaburagi, and between Mumbai and Kalaburagi.


Kalaburagi railway station is served by the Solapur-Guntakal line, which is part of the Mumbai-Chennai line. 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. Kalaburagi railway station comes under the Central Railway.[4]


Gulbarga Airport, is being built to serve the city. The project site is 15 km East of the city on State Highway 10 (Sedam Road) near Srinivas Saradagi village. The Rs. 120 Crore project will be completed by the State Government through its own PWD with technical assistance from the Airports Authority of India (AAI).[5]


The city has four medical Colleges: Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College (MRMC) , KBN institute of medical sciences (KBNIMS) , ESI medical college and Gulbarga institute of medical sciences (GIMS). There are three dental colleges, one run by HKE society and another by Albadar trust and another by ESI hospital.

There are 6 engineering colleges in the city run by various educational groups, including Khaja Banda Nawaz College of Engineering, KCT College of Engineering, Appa Institute of Engineering an Technology and Poojya Doddappa Appa College of Engineering.[6] 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 Kalaburagi, 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 Kalaburagi 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 3,500 students every year for various post-graduate, M.Phil. and PhD programmes in various disciplines. Approximately 200 faculty members and about 700 technical and non-technical supporting staff are employed there. There are 230 colleges affiliated with this University offering graduate/diploma courses in arts, fine arts, music, social sciences, science and technology, commerce, education and law. The city has several nursing schools, including Vijaykumar College of Nursing, H.K.E. Societies C.O.N., Al Kareem, and Al Qamar.

The city also hosts the Central University of Karnataka in the outskirts of the city on the way to Solapur and Aland. Central University of Karnataka was established in Kalaburagi by constant and successful efforts by Sri Mallikarjun Kharge, the institution is a young university with a lot of scope for improvement in terms of the overall functioning. Kalaburagi is known as the 'City of Education' for its institutions managed by the private and the government sector.

Fine Arts: It also has an Indian Royal Academy of Art and Culture an NGO famous all over India which organises National art exhibition and promotes the artists by honoring them by awards and exhibiting their talent at national and international level.


Kalaburagi 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 C Patil Revoor (Gulbarga South) and G. Ramkrishna (Gulbarga Rural).


  1. Gulnar K. Bosch, Islamic Art and Architecture, The New Book of Knowledge, Vol. 9P 354
  2. Elisabeth Siddiqui, Islamic Art, Colorado State University.
  3. Dept. of Islamic Art, The nature of Islamic art, “Intleilbrunn Timeline of Art History”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2000.
  4. Linda Komaroff Ph.D., Curator of Islamic Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  5. Gulam Yazdani, Bidar its History and Monuments, published by His Exalted Highness Nizam’s Government, 1947 and reprint First Indian Edition by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, Delhi in 1995.
  6. Dr. Rehaman Patel, Bidri Art of Karnataka-A Study, Ph.D. Thesis submitted to Gulbarga University in 2009.
  7. Mohammed Ayazuddin Patel, Monuments of Gulbarga-A Photo History book published by Ayaz Art Gallery, Gulbarga
  8. Earliest possible Buddhist settlement at Sannati
  9. Malkhed


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