From here and there

From here and there

Twelve arches and a monument

These are mute witnesses of a glorious past where royal tombs occupied a pride of place. Built in 1672 A D, it was the burial place of Ali Adil Shah II and his queens and members of royalty. It is known as the Ali Roza and also by the descriptive name of Bara Kaman (12 arches).

Due to reasons not recorded, the mausoleum could not be completed, which, perhaps, would have rivalled the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur.

As a visitor enters the place s/he is bound to be impressed by the huge symmetrical arches that numbering twelve (bara).

Great example of Islamic art

The pillars are built of stone and stand tall. The architectural skill of those who designed and constructed this monument is praiseworthy.  It is a fine example of Islamic architecture. There is no roof over the structure, a clear indication that  work had to be stopped due to unknown reasons. Massive pillars, with large stones nicely held together, support the arches, which soar to the sky.

The arches are interlinked giving a picture of continuity from one arch to another. The tombs are simple with no decoration with a half-round smooth top.

Two of them are located on a tiered high platform, at a distance from each other, and have an austere look. A wall at the back of the monument has a small arched opening as a lookout. The entire monument is bereft of any embellishment, be it a painting or a sculpture.

The garden in front is well maintained and the Archaeological Survey of India is looking after the upkeep of the monument, though no entry fee is charged.

How to get there

Bijapur is about 580 km from Bangalore and is well connected by rail and road. A taxi/auto-rickshaw from the city could be engaged to see this monument as well others.

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