Historical Barid Shahi Tombs of Bidar, Karnataka

Barid Shahi tomb, Bidar, Karnataka. Alamy.com

Barid Shahi tomb, Bidar, Karnataka.tram48.com  

The Barid Shahi Tombs, the  historical monuments are just 3 km from Bidar railway station. (north Karnataka). Here,  you find the early rulers tombs as well. The largest tomb is that of  Barid  Ali Shahi  and it is close to the tomb of his son  Ibrahim  Barid;  they are in the sprawling garden -Ali Barid Park comprising 55 acres. It is on the other side of the road opposite to Deccan Park. They are protected monuments under the control of the ASI -  the Archaeological Survey of India, the custodian of many monuments in India, be they Hindu or Jain temples, Buddhist holy places. historical colonial buildings, Islamic structures of various types, etc.

Ali Barid Shahi tomb,Bidar, Karnataka.  Bidar, Karnataka. tram48.com

Entrance to Barid Shahi  park, Bidar, Karnataka. journeynlife.com

Frescoed calligraphy Ali Barid Shah, Bidar, KA en.wikipedia.org

 The tombs in the big garden   can be accessed through  the main entrance on the south - a gateway  adorned with architectural motifs with star-shaped panels and beautiful designs. The park is the final resting place of the  Baridi Sultans of the Bidar Sultanate. Among the Barid rulers Ali was popular and had a taste for buildings. About his tomb, it is recorded, that he had it built roughly three years before his death in 1577.You have to go through the 2-story gate to reach the tomb which is 70 feet high and has a big and bulbous dome, a typical example of Islamic architecture. One can see rich floral design carved on the stone and inner part of the dome has painted tiles, besides paintings with hand  hand-made  calligraphic patterns  The  dome is supported by four pillar and the pavilion is on a high platform made of green granite and laterite stones. The structure has the tombs of Ali Barid and his wives. A small mosque is also built near the tomb which has rich decoration on the walls.

Barid Shahi tomb, Bidar, Karnataka. Alamy.com


The Tomb of Ali Barid Shah is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture and beauty. The tomb of  Ibrahim Barid Shah is  right in front of Ali Barid's tomb and bears similar resemblance to that of  Ali Barid, including  flower designs,  but smaller in size.  It is  on a high platform with a number of graves spread all around. These are sixty seven graves belonging  to the royal family of Ali Barid. and many of them carry no details.  Just beyond the Park gateway is Qasim Barid Shah II Tomb. and is similar in size and architecture to that of Ali Barid Shah's tomb. The square tomb has walls with three arches each and the entrance on the southern wall. The tomb of Qasim Brid, the founder of the Barid Shahi Kingdom is close to  Qasim Barid II tomb.


Ali Barid Shah, Bidar, KA

The third ruler of the Barid Shahi dynasty, Ali Barid Shah I, son of Amir Barid I (1504–1543) was  the first to assume royal titles. He succeeded his father in 1540, and ruled until his death in 1580. They were the  rulers of the small state of Bidar (now in Karnataka state in southwestern India) from about 1487 until 1619. The BarÄ«d family were ministers of the Muslim BahmanÄ« sultans of the Deccan, who in 1430 made their capital at Bidar.. When the Bahamani kingdom became disintegrated, they assumed the power. Being a man of letters,  Ali Shah nvited scholars and craftsmen from all over the Indian 

Bidar kingdon, newworldencyclopedia.org

subcontinent to his capital. to enrich the architecture and the culture. According to the  Historians in the battle against the mighty Vijayanagara rulers he  played a logistical role in the Battle of Talikota. The Rangin Mahal within the Bidar Fort. was commissioned by him.. Bidar  stood as the smallest of the five Deccan sultanates.