General view of the Mehtar Mahal Mosque, Bijapur 10031856
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mihtar Mahal mosque in Bijapur, Karnataka, from Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken in the 1880s by Henry Cole. The old walled city of Bijapur contains some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the Deccan. The Adil Shahi dynasty ruled parts of southern India from the late 15th to the late 17th centuries, with their capital in Bijapur. The Mehtar (mihtar) mosque is a small building with a triple-arched facade from which projects a beautiful cornice supported by finely worked corbels. The roof is flat without a dome and the corner minarets are plainly rounded off at the top. The mosque is entered through an elegant gateway, the Mehtar Mahal which dates from 1620, the epoch of Ibrahim Adil Shah II (r.1580-1627).