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Posted November 7, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Gol Gumbaz – The Triumph of Deccani Architecture   Leave a comment

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If Taj Mahal is India’s most admired artistic tomb, then the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur that houses the grave of Muhammad Adil Shah is technologically the most advanced tomb of Medieval India. I have been to Gol Gumbaz twice before and each time there was something to be surprised about.

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The View of Gol Gumbaz in the Early Morning

Gol Gumbaz, often considered as the triumph of Deccani architecture is actually an unfinished monument. Designed by architect Yaqut of Dabul, Gol Gumbaz is a massive cube and its dome (44 m in diameter) is the second largest in the world. However, its plain surface was supposed to have been covered with a range of Persian tiles.

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An Unfinished Graffiti

Muhammad Adil Shah started building his tomb immediately after his ascent to throne in 1626 CE. His intention was to build the grandest tomb in India. The construction of the tomb…

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Posted November 7, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Last of the rayas: An eyewitness account of the defeat and death of Rama Raya of Vijaynagara at Talikota   Leave a comment

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Posted October 21, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Last of the rayas: An eyewitness account of the defeat and death of Rama Raya of Vijaynagara at Talikota   Leave a comment

The Seringapatam Times

On January 26, 1565, South Indian history changed it’s faultlines for ever. The Hindu empire of Vijaynagara confronted the combined armies of the Muslim Deccan at the battlefield of Talikota and was decimated here.

An excellent first hand account of this epic battle is provided by the chronicle Tazkiratul – Muluk written by Rafiuddin Shirazi who wrote a history of his patron kings, the Adil Shahis of Bijapur. Shirazi travelled from Persia and reached Bijapur in 1560. He was absorbed into the elite of the Adil Shahi court and served in various senior positions including the Khan-e-Salar (Commander) of the army, Tahvildar(Accountant) of treasury, etc.

I will now piece together the events of that day from the narrative of Shirazi adding to it information from other sources regarding that fateful day.

After resolving all mutual differences through agreements between themselves, cemented by marriage alliances, the Sultans assembled to do battle…

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Posted October 21, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

History of Gloria Church   Leave a comment

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Posted October 4, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

why bundi’s stepwells will take your breath away   Leave a comment

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global travel shot: the prehistoric rock paintings of bundi   Leave a comment

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Posted September 6, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels