Friday, 26 February 2016

JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN YATRA– 2016, HYDERABAD BIRLA MANDIR, GOLKONDA FORT & SALAR JUNG MUSEUM PART – XV.

26th February, 2016.

DAY -10, 11-02-2016.
After a peaceful dharshan of Sri Mallikarjuanar, Srisailam, returned to Hyderabad around 21.30 hrs through Srisailam Dam,  and accommodated in  hotel Maharaja (  mobile number 8977717467, 040 2460888, 8977035551) near Kachakuda Railway station. Our yathra of Jaothirlinga dharshan came to an end with this local sight seeing  at Hyderabad. Under the local sight seeing we had the dharshan of Sri Balaji at Birla mandir, Golconda fort, Salar jung Museum and on the way we had seen the NTR’s Samadhi and the Budha Statue in the middle of the lake. 

GOLKONDA FORT
Golkonda derives the name from the Telugu word ‘Golla – Konda’, which means a Shepherd’s hill. Initially the fort was under the control of Kakatiyas but  passed in to the hands of Mahamani’s in 1363 AD. After their downfall it was made capital in 1518AD, by the Sultan Quli the founder of the Qutub Shahi Kingdom. He was succeeded by Jamshid ( 1543 -1550) Ibrahim Qutub Shah ( 1550- 1580), Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah (1580 – 1612), Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah ( 1612 – 1626), Abdulah Qutub Shah ( 1626 – 1672 ), Abul Hasan Tana Shah ( 1672 – 1687).
Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah was a great Patron of Telugu literature and a Pioneer of Deccani Literature. He built Charminar and founded the city of Hyderabad. Abul Hasan Tana Shah the last sultan patronised a form of Dance – Drama, whichsubsequently became popular as Kuchipudi. In 1687 Aurangazeeb annexed the kingdom to his mughal empire and appointed Asif Jab who proclaimed independence as Nizam- Ul-Mulk in AD 1713. His successors are known as Nizams and ruled Hyderabad till 1948.

The massive fort with three tired fortification protected by a Moat and Eight entrance gates  played a remarkable role in the medieval Deccan. The Golkonda fort with its impregnable citadel is characterised by armouries, magazines, granaries, reservoirs, mosques and well planned Township and above all ab immaculate water supply system. Some of the important structures  of Golkonda  include Balahissar, Clapping portico, Matuary bath, Silaikhana, Nagina Bagh, Taramati mosque, Guard lines, Akkanna-Madanna offices, Ramdas Jail, Durbar Hall, Ambar Khana, Ibrahim mosque and Baradari on the summit. 

LOCATION OF THE FORT:CLICK HERE


 Entrance gate 

 Taramati Mosque 

Light and sound show will be conducted here 

 Hyderabad City view from Top 
 Top Darbar hall 
 A Hall A Hindu temple on the top of the hill 
 A Hall 
ASI maintained garden beautiful view. 
ASI maintained garden beautiful view. 
 Small canons and ball kept in arms storage room 
 Is it used for grinding? Lying in the first level
 Excavated articles under display 
 Excavated articles under display 
Excavated articles under display 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---
.............To be continued.

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