Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sports facilities improving in Bidar..

A few years ago, Bidar district was lacking sports infrastructure, however, owing to the initiative of the district administration an indoor sports complex, a swimming pool and three lawn tennis courts hve come upConstruction of the swimming pool and the tennis courts have been completed. During a visit to the district, the former Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa, charmed by the swimming pool, directed the Shimoga Deputy Commissioner to build a similar one in Shimoga.

Swimming pool

Built at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, the pool has eight lanes and occupies an area of 1100 square metres. The Department of Youth Services and Sports has fixed fee for users to use the pool on a daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis.

The Bidar District Police Tennis Club has constructed three lawn tennis —two synthetic and one clay.

The synthetic courts have been built atop the Habshikot cliff.

The club conducts training sessions for children and senior players at the clay court that borders the police parade grounds. The Indoor stadium, the other big sporting facility, will open this summer. It has four shuttle badminton courts with wood panels on all sides, and one room each for squash, table tennis, gymnastics and martial arts, including wrestling. “All the facilities in the stadium are of international standards,” says Deputy Commissioner and stadium committee chairman Sameer Shukla. “We will not only allow youngsters to play here, but also train them in various sports,” he said.

The indoor stadium has a gallery with a seating capacity of 500, rooms for sportspersons, toilets, two office suites and a visitors' area. Construction of a parking area and a garden with statues of sportspersons is under way.


There are two government gymnasia in the city that are open to the public.

Latest equipment are installed in the fitness club of the district administration in the district stadium and the one behind the District Police Office.

“Eight new gymnasia have come up in the last 5 to 6 years, taking the total number of such clubs in the city to 12,” says Syed Tanveer, secretary of the state amateur body building association. The association is conducting the national amateur body building championships in Bidar this May.

Source: The Hindu

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ndtv production team Visited Bidar.

Few Days back  Ndtv production for Fox travellers (It happens only India)  crew visited Bidar for a Tv show.
They Shot  Historical places Like Bidar Fort, Astur Bahamani Tombs , Choubara, Md gawan madarasa and Kutte ke Kabar. And Spritual places like Narashimha Jharni and Mailar Malanna temple.

We wish  whole team all the best and hope they show Bidar in Different ,Good and Attractive manner, and may this show attract many more tourists to Bidar 

Nargis Begum, the forgotten Bahmani queen, Bidar

Described as a woman of great sagacity, she ruled the kingdom between 1450 and 1473

neglected edifice:The tomb of Makhduma-e-Jahan Nargis Begum at Ashtur on the outskirts of Bidar.

We have all read stories of the brave conquests of Chand Bibi and Razia Sultana. But few know of Makhduma-e-Jahan Nargis Begum, the Bahmani queen who ruled the Deccan for over two decades.

“It is sad and unfortunate that there is no mention of Nargis Begum any where in our history textbooks,” says writer Anees Hashmi.

“Nargis Begum was not the queen of a small presidency. She ruled Bidar, which has been described as the capital of Muslim India in the medieval period. During her reign, the Bahmani Kingdom stretched from Berar in the north to Kanchipuram in the south and from Konkan in the west to Machilipatnam in the east, Mr. Hashmi said.

Writer N. Hanif, in his book The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis , has called Nargis Begum “a woman of great sagacity” and said she was “among the few remarkable women who have appeared in the ruling dynasties of medieval India”.


Listing her achievements, writer Devu Pattar said: “She ruled the Bahmani Kingdom between 1450 and 1473. She headed the council of regents after the death of her husband Humayun (a Bahmani king).

She fought wars with the kings of Konkan, Belgaum and Kanchipuram. She introduced administrative reforms, land survey and helped Mohamud Gawan build the famed madrassa in Bidar. Unfortunately, she never got due credit for her works.”

The queen died in Bijapur while returning from a battlefield in Belgaum. She was interred in the royal necropolis of Ashtur on the outskirts of Bidar. The tomb, which is situated opposite that of her husband's, has both architectural and cultural significance.

The tomb is built in typical Persian style, unlike the tombs of her ancestors which are in Turkish style. Only a few of the coloured tiles fixed at the base of the dome remain today. Stuccowork can be seen on the four walls and on the dome. A stone inscription in Persian reads: ‘Makhduma –e-jahan (ruler of the world) Nargis Begum, most gracious queen of Sultan Humayun, sleeps here'.

It is the only tomb in Ashtur, which has tombs of 16 Bahmani rulers, which is east facing.

Khalil Ahmed, a resident of Ashtur, says cattle have knocked down an information board that was in front of Nargis Begum's tomb.

Historian B.R. Konda says, “The tomb is neglected as the queen herself.”

He adds, “It is the responsibility of the people of Bidar district to create awareness about this great historical leader.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Govt seeks special grant for Bidar district from Centre

Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda today urged the Planning Commission to release a special grant of Rs 430 crore for the development of Bidar district, which is set to celebrate 500 years of Gurdwara Jheera Saheb.

The move comes in backdrop of the proposed 500-year celebrations of the famous gurdwara here in April.

In a letter to Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, he said: "...we are going to celebrate 500th year of consecration of the revered Guru Nanak Jheera Gurdwara at Bidar between 24th and 29th April 2012."

Gowda said the "gurdwara, considered as one of the holiest, has great cultural and historical significance. It will attract around two million people during the celebrations".

"In this context, it would be appropriate we pool our resources for the infrastructure upgradation in and around the Bidar City to ensure better civic and other services to the citizens and devotees," Gowda said.

The chief minister said a project proposal in this regard has been prepared and an estimated Rs 430 crore will be required for the development of basic infrastructure including roads, water supply, health facilities, traffic, electricity, sports and recreation etc.

"This one-time development of infrastructure will give fillip to the overall development of that area and will have tremendous multiplier effect which will help the whole area to develop," he said.

Source: Decan herald

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bidar Utsav postponed

The Bidar Utsav has been postponed to April 7, 8 and 9 on account of the drought in the district. It was earlier scheduled for February 17, 18 and 19.

“The arrangements for the utsav are halfway through. Programmes have been fixed, negotiations with artistes are over and they have been paid. It is difficult to cancel the event now. Therefore, we are postponing it,” Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla had said on Friday.

When the district administration announced the dates of the utsav, it was criticised for being “wrongly timed”. Farmers' groups had accused the Government of squandering money on “song and dance” when the district was reeling under drought.

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader Vishwanath Patil Koutha had questioned the need for organising the function.

Rahim Khan, MLA and Khaji Arshed Ali, MLC had criticised the administration, alleging it was focussing on organising the utsav and not on drought relief. The Government issued an order on January 23 banning all utsavs in the State. However, a delegation of MLAs led by district in-charge Minister Revu Naik Belamagi met Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and urged him to exempt Bidar Utsav from the ban. They said the Bidar Utsav was not funded by the Government as a local committee was organising it with donations.

However, Mr. Gowda did not agree and directed them to follow the Government Order. “We will now focus on drought relief. I will convene a meeting of officials this week to review the drought situation,” Mr. Belamagi told The Hindu.

Source:The Hindu