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The Papnash Shiva Temple in Bidar, Karnataka. holds great religious significance, as it is believed that the Shivlinga enshrined here along with the temple were installed by Lord Rama, while returning from Lanka. The temple is flooded by tourists and devotees all round the year, especially during the Hindu festival of Shivaratri.
The first and revered Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was on his second Udasi (missionary tour) of South India when he reached Bidar after passing through Khandwa, Nagpur, Golconda and Hyderabad. On his way he had visited numerous temples and met several Muslim saints and Pirs with whom he had long spiritual conversations. At the outskirts of Bidar the Guru stayed with his companion, Mardana.
The foundation stone of historical Bidar Fort was laid by Ahmad Shah Bahman of Bahamani Dynasty. The town of Bidar is situated in the northern part of Karnataka at an altitude of 2,200 feet. It occupies a predominant position in the chapters of Indian history because the town witnessed the rise and fall of various dynasties like Bahamani Dynasty and Barid Shahi dynasty.