The Info List - Gulbarga

Gulbarga, officially known as Kalaburagi,[1] is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka, India. It is the administrative headquarters of the Gulbarga district
Gulbarga district
and a major city of the North Karnataka
region. Gulbarga
is 623 km north of the state capital city of Bangalore and 220 km from Hyderabad. Previously it was part of Hyderabad State, it was incorporated into a newly formed Mysore State
Mysore State
(now known as Karnataka) through the States Reorganisation Act[2] in 1956. Gulbarga
city is governed by Municipal Corporation and is in Gulbarga Urban Region. It is called one of the Sufi cities having famous religious places, like Sharana Basaveshwara Temple
Sharana Basaveshwara Temple
Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and Ladle Mashak ,and Buddha Vihar. It also has a fort built during Bahmani rule. Has many domes like Hafth Gumbad (seven domes together) and Shor Gumbad.[3][4][5][6] Gulbarga
has a few architectural marvels built during the Bahamani Kingdom rule, including the Jama Masjid sited in the Gulbarga


1 History 2 Art and architecture 3 Geography 4 Climate 5 Demographics 6 Politics 7 References

History[edit] The history of Gulbarga
dates to the 6th century. The Rashtrakutas gained control over the area, but the Chalukyas
regained their domain within a short period and reigned supreme for over 200 years. The Kalaharis who succeeded them ruled until the 12th century. Around the end of the 12th century, the Yadavas
of Devagiri
and the Hoysalas of Dwarasamadra destroyed the supremacy of the Chalukyas
and Kalachuris of Kalyani. Around the same period, the Kakatiya
kings of Warangal came into prominence and the present Gulbarga
and Raichur districts formed part of their domain. The Kakatiya
power was subdued in 1321 AD and the entire Deccan, including the district of Gulbarga, passed under the control of the Delhi Sultanate. The revolt of the officers appointed from Delhi resulted in the founding of the Bahmani Sultanate
Bahmani Sultanate
in 1347 CE by Zafar Khan Alaudin Hasan Gangu, who chose Gulbarga
(Hasanabad) to be the capital.[7] When the Bahmani dynasty came to an end in 1428, the kingdom broke up into five independent Sultanates, Bijapur, Bidar, Berar, Ahmednager, and Golconda. The present Gulbarga/ Gulbarga district
Gulbarga district
came partly under Bidar
and partly under Bijapur. The last of these sultanates, Golconda, finally fell to Aurangzeb
in 1687. With the conquest of the Deccan by Aurangezeb in the 17th century, Gulbarga
passed under the Mughal Empire. In the early part of the 18th century, with the decline of the Mughal Empire, Asaf Jha, one of Aurangzeb's generals, formed the Hyderabad State, in which a major part of the Gulbarga
area was also included. In 1948, Hyderabad State became a part of the Indian Union, and in 1956, excluding two talukas which were annexed to Andhra Pradesh, Gulbarga district
Gulbarga district
became part of new Mysore State. Gulbarga
(Urdu) (city of flowers and gardens) was renamed Kalaburagi (Kannada) (Kal-means stone in Kannada, buragi means Fort)[citation needed]) effective 1 November 2014.[8] Art and architecture[edit] The largest collection of Islamic art is seen only at the domed ceiling and walls are adorned with painting containing calligraphy designs and floral, flower and plants and geometric patterns inside the 14th century tomb of Sufi saint Syed Shah Qhabulullah Husayni with natural colours. By religious restrictions the artist was prohibited from depicting living beings in the interior of tomb, and his imagination was therefore employed either in inventing new designs for religious texts or in adding further delicacy and subtleness to the geometric and floral devices by making the drawings more and more intricate. A small tomb beside the said Sufi’s has an excellent work painted flower plants on ceiling. Another vacant Shore Gumbad outside the city has delicate designs on its domed ceiling is superb. The walls and ceiling of the tomb of Sultan Firuz Shah Bahmani can be appreciated which, although in monotone, represents faithfully the creepers and floral patterns, the numerous geometric devices and calligraphic styles. The most notable building, however, of this period is Jama Masjid of Gulbarga
fort, built by Persian architect named Rafi in 1367 during the reign of Muhammad Shah Bahmani I. The glory of the towns in north Karnataka
really waned with the decline of Bahmani dynasty, although Barid Shahi and Adil Shahi kings kept up its beauty during their chequered rule. It suffers from pollution through nickel and lead. It has affected the mental health of people. Royal patronage played an important role in the making of Islamic art, as it has in the arts of other culture. From 14th century onwards, especially in the eastern lands, the books of art provide the best documentation of the courtly patronage. Geography[edit] The entire district is on the Deccan Plateau, and the elevation ranges from 300 to 750 m above MSL. Two main rivers, the Krishna and Bhima, flow through the district. The predominant soil type is black soil. The district has many tanks, which irrigate the land along with the river. The Upper Krishna Project is a major irrigation venture in the district of Jowar. The main crops are groundnuts, rice, and pulses. Gulbarga
is the largest producer of toor dal, or pigeon peas, in Karnataka. Gulbarga
is an industrially backward district but is showing signs of growth in the cement, textile, leather and chemical industries. Gulbarga
has a university with Medical and Engineering Colleges. Central University of Karnataka (cuk) is located in Kadaganchi, Aland Taluk of Gulbarga.[9]The geographical area of the city is 64 square kilometres.[10] Climate[edit] The climate of the district is generally dry, with temperatures ranging from 8 °C to 45 °C and an annual rainfall of about 750 mm. The year in Gulbarga
is divided into three main seasons. The summer lasts from late February to mid-June. It is followed by the southwest monsoon, which lasts from late June to late September. This is then followed by dry winter weather until mid-January. Temperatures during the seasons are:

Summer : 26 °C to 45 °C Monsoon : 23 °C to 33 °C Winter : 3 °C to 31 °C

Climate data for Gulbarga

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 29.8 (85.6) 32.0 (89.6) 35.0 (95) 38.0 (100.4) 38.5 (101.3) 34.0 (93.2) 30.0 (86) 30.5 (86.9) 31.0 (87.8) 31.0 (87.8) 29.6 (85.3) 29.0 (84.2) 32.37 (90.26)

Average low °C (°F) 15.8 (60.4) 17.4 (63.3) 22.3 (72.1) 24.9 (76.8) 25.4 (77.7) 24.0 (75.2) 22.9 (73.2) 22.5 (72.5) 22.6 (72.7) 21.5 (70.7) 18.2 (64.8) 15.2 (59.4) 21.06 (69.9)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 2.7 (0.106) 4.4 (0.173) 4.5 (0.177) 18.1 (0.713) 39.4 (1.551) 119.1 (4.689) 116.5 (4.587) 148.4 (5.843) 186.6 (7.346) 105.2 (4.142) 27.9 (1.098) 4.6 (0.181) 777.4 (30.606)

Source: IMD

Demographics[edit] As of the 2014 Indian census,[11] Gulbarga
has a population of 1,101,989. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Gulbarga
has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. The male literacy is 70%, while that of females is 30%. In Gulbarga, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kannada, Deccani Urdu (Hyderabadi Urdu) and Hindi
are the main languages.

Religions in Gulbarga











Distribution of religions †Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).

Politics[edit] Gulbarga
has been home to two ex-chief ministers of Karnataka, namely Veerendra Patil (1968–1971, 1988–1990) and Dharam Singh (2004–2006); both belonged to the Indian National Congress
Indian National Congress
party. Mallikarjun Kharge is the present Member of Parliament and was also formerly the Union Minister for Railways and Minister of Labour and Employment. The Legislative Assembly members from Gulbarga
are: Qamar-ul-Islam Gulbarga
North, Dattatraya C Patil Revoor Gulbarga South and G Ramkrishna Gulbarga
Rural. Gulbarga's present Mayor is : Dr Sharankumar Modi. References[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Gulbarga.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gulbarga.

^ "Kalaburagi". indiatoday.intoday.in. Retrieved 2 May 2016.  ^ "Central Government The States Reorganisation Act, 1956" (PDF). indiaenvironmentportal.org.in. Retrieved 18 Aug 2016.  ^ "Remembering a Sufi saint". www.thehindu.com. Retrieved 26 September 2017.  ^ "KALABURAGI CITY CORPORATION". www.gulbargacity.mrc.gov.in/. Retrieved 26 September 2017.  ^ "The Haft Gumbaz–Gulbarga". hariexploresindia.wordpress.com. Retrieved 26 September 2017.  ^ "Remains of a grand dream". www.deccanherald.com/. Retrieved 26 September 2017.  ^ Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. pp. 106–108. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4.  ^ Variyar, Mugdha (November 1, 2014). " Bangalore
Wakes up to 'Bengaluru'; 11 Other Karnataka
Cities Renamed". IBTimes. Retrieved 16 May 2015.  ^ //http://www.cuk.ac.in// ^ http://www.gulbargacity.mrc.gov.in/ ^ "Census of India
2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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