Nov 14, 2010

The origin of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty

In a way, the medieval town of Bidar has a lot to do with the origin of the kingdom of Golconda.

The Golconda region had been under the control of the Chalukyas and then the Kakatiyas until the 14th century, when Alauddin Hassan Bahman Shah revolted against the Delhi Sultanate and founded the Bahmani Sultanate, the first Muslim kingdom of the Deccan with Gulbarga as its capital. However, the capital was soon shifted to Bidar. 

In the 16th century, Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk who was sent by the reigning Bahmani Sultan to Golconda as a governer, established his base here, strengthened and expanded the existing mud fort, and declared independence from Bidar. That marked the begining of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty. The Bahmani Sultanate broke up into the five Deccan Sultanates of Ahmednagar, Berar, Bijapur, Bidar and Golconda.

Here's a collection of images from this little-known, but historic  town in Northern Karnataka, with whom five powerful sultanates of South India share a history. As you can see, I went on an arch-shooting-spree - the town is an absolute delight for anybody who loves history, art and architecture. If you are interested, here's a link to a more detailed post on my other blog!


  1. Loved visiting your blogs ... the images are indeed lovely ...

  2. Absolutely fabulous, as always, Madhu. Hope you are well! xo – g

  3. i have such respect for your research...brings a warm feeling while seeing your love for hyd is so deep rooted i gues

  4. nice pics! i stumbled upon your blog while searching for information on heritage buildings of Hyderabad.I must say you have covered many of the places which i thought to cover.
    iam myself a history lover and i love the rich heritage of Hyderabad.
    recently i started my own blog
    if you have some free time do check it out.
    i would love to have your feedback.
    thank you!

  5. Thank you Georgianna! I am doing great, how have you been?

    Awww Sudha - thanks a ton :)

    Thank you Razzaq - I'm on my way to check out your blog :)

  6. your camera knows to read the beauty. Thank you for such a wonderful blog