Purana pul

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Puranapul, Hyderabad

Purana Pul (meaning old bridge in English), built in 1578 AD is a bridge over river Musi[1] in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is the first bridge ever constructed in Hyderabad[2] and among the oldest in South India. It was built during the reign of Qutub Shahi dynasty, to connect Golconda and Hyderabad. The bridge is now defunct, and is used as a vegetable market but remains one of the oldest landmarks of Hyderabad.[3] It was the only surviving bridge after the Great Musi Flood of 1908.


Prince Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah was in love with Bhagmatii, a Hindu woman who lived on the other side of river Musi. His father Sultan Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah decided to build the bridge so that his son could cross over the river safely. For this reason, it was also known as 'Pyar-ana pul' (meaning 'On Love Bridge' in English).[citation needed]

The Bridge[edit]

The bridge has 22 arches and is 600 feet long and 35 feet broad and 54 feet above the river bed.[4]

Reference List[edit]

  1. ^ http://ec2-50-19-248-237.compute-1.amazonaws.com/866/1/RA_00105.pdf
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Harriet Ronken Lynton, Mohini Rajan (1974). The days of the beloved. university of California. p. 12. ISBN 0-520-02442-7. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.totalhyderabad.com/puranapul

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