A little outside the city of Bijapur is the dargah of Sheikh Hamid Qadri and his brother Sheikh LatifUlla Qadri, wlio lived in Bijapur during the reign of Ibrahim II.
According to Henry Cousens a local manuscript says the tomb was built by Fatimah Sultana, wife/relation of Ali (I.) Adil Shah, and that these two men died in 1602 and 1612 respectively. In Fatimah’s well close by, and which is generally called the Gummat bawri, just in front of the mosque attached to this tomb, is an inscription which says that in the sultanate of Shah Ali Adil Shah this ” bawri ” was constructed by Setti Fatimah Solmansetti in the year A. H. 970 i.e. A. D. 1562. It is evident the same Fatimah is meant in both cases, so there must be some mistake about the first two dates or she was an old lady when she had the tomb built.
This building was never completed, the outer corridors- being only partly erected. If built by Fatimah, who built the well, it is possible that her death interfered with the completion of it. In her old age she probably gave herself up to religious- works.
The unfinished corridor has been built on the west and parts of the north and south sides.
For the size of the building the dome is very lofty, and the ceiling within runs up to its full height. The manner in which the ring of the dome is made to rest over the square room below is peculiar.
The middle portions of the surfaces of the four walls are brought considerably forward so that the corners appear recessed. Across from corner to corner of these projecting flat faces above are beams which thus cut off the corners of the square room and reduce the figure to an irregular octagon; these beams are arched underneath to strengthen them and give a more finished appearance to the corners.
I am grateful to Abdul Aziz Rajput for taking me there
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