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Visit Malik-e-Maidan

A symbol of valour, a symbol of pride, the 'Malik-e-Maidan' stands within the precincts of the Bijapur Fort, now silent but once-roaring with robustness and power, to appease millions of admirers with its glorious past. Set-up by Mohammad Adil Shah, it is believed to have been the largest weapon built during medieval times. Inscriptions on the cannon reveal that it was built by a Turkish officer, Muhammad-bin-Hassan Rumi, serving the king of Ahmednagar and was later captured and brought to Bijapur by General Murari Pandit.

A symbol of valour, a symbol of pride, the 'Malik-e-Maidan' stands within the precincts of the Bijapur Fort, now silent but once-roaring with robustness and power, to appease millions of admirers with its glorious past. Set-up by Mohammad Adil Shah, it is believed to have been the largest weapon built during medieval times. Inscriptions on the cannon reveal that it was built by a Turkish officer, Muhammad-bin-Hassan Rumi, serving the king of Ahmednagar and was later captured and brought to Bijapur by General Murari Pandit.

The muzzle of the cannon is made of an alloy of copper, iron, tin and two other metals that produce a bell sound when struck. It has been designed in the shape of a lion which looks ferocious with its open jaws crushing an elephant in-between its sharp canines. During its glorious days, the cannon was mounted on a swivel that would allow it to turn 180º. Massive walls on the rear side would protect the city from the cannon's shatter. The outer surface is dark green and polished as glass with Arabic and Persian inscriptions on it.
 

  • It weights 55tons and measures 8.5m in length and 1.5m in diameter.
  • To avoid deafening, the person who lit the cannon would immediately jump into a nearby pit of water.
  • Surprisingly in the year 1854, the magistrate of Bijapur tried to auction 'Malik-e-Maidan' for Rs.150.
  • It took 400 oxen, 10 elephants and 100 men to set the cannon in its present place.


 

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Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Historical monuments
  • Altitude

    479 meters
  • STD Code

    8352
  • Best Season

    October to March
  • State/Code

    /586101
  • LANGUAGES

    Kannada and English