Karnataka Bundh- The whole city of Bangalore is protesting against the Kaveri water verdict- 32 buses vandalized in the city and other jazz…
Well… I’m away from the entire hustle bustle- Very far away…
Left Bangalore on Friday night by bus- and after a journey of 12hrs- I landed in one of the least preferred Holiday destinations in the state- Bidar. I had a roaring welcome to the city- quiet literally..!! An IAF “Hawk” flew past right above my head- during their daily flying practice sessions. There I had my first GK (general knowledge) moment of the tour- Bidar has been an IAF training base since the early 1960’s for IAF and it is the main base for Hawk AJTs & the Suryakiran HJTs.
We freshened up and headed straight to “the Jharani Narasimha Swami Cave temple”. The myth mentions that Lord Narasimha killed Hiranyakashipu and then proceeded to slay the demon Jalasura who was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. After being killed by Lord Narasimha, the demon Jalasura turned into water and started flowing down the feet of the Lord Narasimha. Today, devotees have to walk across a cave with water (1.7mts depth) to worship the idol. With bats flying around, roaches swimming with us and dimly lit path to lead us- it was a very nice experience.
Once, in Basavakalyan- we visited the Basaveshwara temple, 108ft high Basavanna statue, Basavanna Guhe and Akkamahadevi Guhe. Then it was the right turn that lead us to “Anubhava Mantapa”. This is a replica of the ShivanubhavaMantapa- an academy of mystics, saints and philosophers of the ‘Lingayata’ faith in the 12th century.
Started the day by spending some tranquil moments at the “Nanak Jhira”– this Gurudwara is the second super natural occurrences of Guru Nanak, whereas, the first one was ” Sri Punja Sahib (Now in Pakistan & strictly prohibited for free visits), Hence Gurudwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib is ” Second Punja Sahib” of India. The sweet water flowing from a spring is believed to clear you off your sins. – Hence, a must visit.
Next, on the list was the Bareed Shahi park- The tombs of the Bahamani rulers lay here. This is small but a nice park maintained just to provide some lung space for morning joggers and evening walkers. This was a neglected piece of history just a year ago.
The last and final destination was the Bidar Fort: This does not have a quantifiable boundary though a few localites specify some digits to measure its expanse. The entire city is actually within a fort wall which was the area where the citizens lived back during the rulers’ time. Then, 2ndround of the wall is where the ministers lived and next is where today’s tourism is concentrated- the area where the King & the queen lived. This needs a minimum of half a day to explore for a person interested in history, architecture or archeology.
This place has so much to offer for a backpacker on a tight budget. Apart from the travel distance, everything else is very cheap here. The entry to all the places on the “To visit” list is free. Even then, very few people plan a trip to Bidar- Maybe because the name pulls down an image of a dry, barren, hot, poor, drought prone etc. What my eyes met here was contradicting my own thoughts. The city was lush green, raining heavily, clean (at least compared to the cleanest places of Bangalore)…
So- A lesson to take back: Stop imagining how a place would be; go there and see it yourself.