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Qutub Shahi’s Contribution to Hyderabad

The Qutub Shahi dynasty of Golkonda Nawabs is known for its great legacy of structures and monuments that dot the landscape of Hyderabad and other adjoining regions in the state of Telangana. The masjids constructed hundreds of years ago are still strong to this day and remain as a great example of the engineering prowess of yesteryears.

Each shrine has an antarala and a garbhagriha. Venugopala, Vishnu as Anantasayana and Lingam are the icons housed in the three shrines. The walls of the shrine are constructed using large blocks of stone. The shrines have the stepped pyramidal type of sikharas. The history of the temple dates back to the era of the Kakatiya rulers from 11th century A.D.

The Old Idgah is located in Madannapet of Saidabad area and was built by Sultan Mohammed Qutb Shah (1612-1626). It is a structure, with three arches and two large minars. Each minar in turn has a gallery of multi-cusped arches which starts at a level higher than the parapet wall of the Idgah.

The front facade of the Idgah is decorated with Qutb Shahi arches. The chajja portion is decorated with a series of arched openings and minarets. It is built with granite stone and lime. Every aspect of this old Idgah reflects the mastery of skill by artisans of the bygone era.

Saidabad is located at a distance of nearly 4 km from Charminar in old city and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

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