Gulbarga district

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Gulbarga district
Kalaburagi district
Gulbarga fort
Gulbarga fort
Location in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka
Coordinates: 17°20′N 76°50′E / 17.33°N 76.83°E / 17.33; 76.83Coordinates: 17°20′N 76°50′E / 17.33°N 76.83°E / 17.33; 76.83
Country India
DivisionGulbarga Division
 • Deputy CommissionerVasireddy Jyothsna, IAS
 • Total10,951 km2 (4,228 sq mi)
454 m (1,490 ft)
 • Total2,566,326
 • Density230/km2 (610/sq mi)
 • OfficialKannada,
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91 8472
Vehicle registrationKA-32
No. of taluks11
Lok Sabha constituencyGulbarga (Lok Sabha constituency)
Precipitation777 millimetres (30.6 in)
Avg. summer temperature42 °C (108 °F)
Avg. winter temperature26 °C (79 °F)

Gulbarga district, officially known as Kalaburagi district,[1] is one of the 30 districts of Karnataka state in southern India. Gulbarga city is the administrative headquarters of the district.[2] The district is the headquarters of Gulbarga division.

This district is situated in north Karnataka between 76°.04' and 77°.42 east longitude, and 17°.12' and 17°.46' north latitude, covering an area of 10,951 km². This district is bounded on the west by Bijapur district and Solapur district of Maharashtra state, on the north by Bidar district, Osmanabad district and Latur district of Maharashtra state, on the south by Yadgir district, and on the east by Ranga Reddy district and Medak district of Telangana state.


The name of the area in Kannada is Kala-buragi, meaning "stony land." In the 6th century CE, the district was under the control of the Chalukyas. The Rashtrakutas briefly conquered the area, but were driven out by the Chalukyas who ruled the area for the next two centuries. The Kalachuris then conquered the area and ruled it until 12th century, when they were driven out by the Yadavas. Afterwards it was ruled by the Kakatiyas, who ruled until 1324, when their kingdom fell to the Delhi Sultanate. The ambitions of the local governors led to the formation of the Bahmani sultanate, who made Gulbarga their capital. The Bahmanis eventually fell and left in their place a patchwork of 5 Deccan Sultanates. Gulbarga was ruled by the Bidar sultanate until its annexation by Bijapur in 1619. Soon the district would become part of the Mughal Empire, but the Asaf Jahi governors of the Deccan later broke away and formed their own Hyderabad Sultanate, and Gulbarga was ruled by them. This state became a princely state of British India, until its annexation by India in 1948. Afterwards, Gulbarga, along with Bidar and Raichur, became part of Karnataka and were known as the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Since this time, this region has continuously been lagging the rest of the state in social indicators and is considered the most backward region of Karnataka.[3]


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Gulbarga one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[4] It is one of the five districts in Karnataka currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[4]

Places of interest[edit]

Historical places[edit]

  • Sannati, a small village, located on the banks of the Bhima River in Chitapur taluk is known for its Ashokan edicts, Buddhist stupa and sole surviving image of Emperor Ashoka (r. 274–232 BC) himself.[5]
  • Manyakheta, a village located on the banks of the Kagina river in Sedam taluk was the Capital city of the Rashtrakuta dynasty. This village is 40 km southeast to the District Headquarters Gulbarga and 18 km west to the Taluk Headquarters Sedam.
  • Gulbarga Fort built in 1347 Gulbarga's old moated fort is in a much deteriorated state, but it has a number of interesting buildings inside, including the Jama Masjid, reputed to have been built by a Moorish architect during the late 14th or early 15th century who imitated the great mosque in Cordoba, Spain.[6] The mosque is unique in India, with a huge dome covering the whole area, four smaller ones at the corners, and 75 smaller still all the way around. The fort itself has 15 towers. Gulbarga also has a number of imposing tombs(Haft Gumbaz) of Bahmani kings.


Gulbarga is situated in Deccan Plateau located at 17°20′N 76°50′E / 17.33°N 76.83°E / 17.33; 76.83[7] and the general elevation ranges from 300 to 750 meters above mean sea level. The main river, Bhima, flow in the district.


Gulbarga district presently comprises the following 11 talukas after the separation of Yadgir district from it.[8]

  1. Gulbarga
  2. Aland
  3. Afzalpur
  4. Jevargi
  5. Sedam
  6. Shahabad
  7. Kalgi
  8. Kamalapur
  9. Chitapur
  10. Chincholi
  11. Yedrami


Religion in Gulbarga District (2011)[9]

  Hinduism (78.36%)
  Islam (19.99%)
  Christianity (0.33%)
  Jainism (0.19%)
  Buddhism (0.37%)
  Sikhism (0.03%)
  Other (0.02%)
  Not religious (0.71%)
Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

According to the 2011 census Gulbarga district has a population of 2,566,326,[11] roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait[12] or the US state of Nevada.[13] This gives it a ranking of 162nd in India (out of a total of 640).[11] The district has a population density of 233 inhabitants per square kilometre (600/sq mi).[11] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 17.94%.[11] Gulbarga has a sex ratio of 971 females for every 1000 males,[11] and a literacy rate of 64.85%.[11] Hinduism was the most popular religion: practiced by 78.36% of the population, Islam followed with 19.99%. There are small minorities of other religions.[11]

According to the 2011 census, 65.7% of the population spoke Kannada, 18.15% Urdu, 6.98% Lambadi, 4.08% Telugu, 2.47% Marathi and 2.05% Hindi as their first language.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gulbarga city name changed". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ "City of tombs and domes". The Hindu. Karnataka, India. 4 April 2011.
  3. ^ "History | Kalaburagi District | Government of Karnataka | India". Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. ^ "When I met Emperor Ashoka in Sannathi". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Gulbarga
  8. ^ "Yadgir district from Oct 31". 27 August 2009.
  9. ^ "Gulbarga District Religion Data - Census 2011".
  10. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "District Census 2011". Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. 2011. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011.
  12. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Kuwait 2,595,62
  13. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Nevada 2,700,551


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. published by Dept. of Kannada and Culture, Bangalore 2012

7. Dr. Rehaman Patel, Islamic Art of North Karnataka, Young Muslim Digest, May 2015

8. World's longest cannon lays unnoticed in Gulbarga fort, The New Indian Express, 3,12,2016

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