Karnataka Tourism

Mohamud Gawan Madrasa

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Madrasa-e-Mahmad Gawan or the madrasa of Mohamud Gawan is an ancient Islamic institute in Bidar. Khwaja Muhammad Gilani (Mahmud Gawan) built this madrasa (college) at Bidar in 1472 AD. An imposing three-storied building, the Madarasa was a renowned centre of learning with its own library, lecture halls, quarters for professors/ students and a mosque. The institution had scholars imparting knowledge of Arabic and Persian languages, theology, philosophy, mathematics, etc. The front of the building is adorned with tiles of various colours along with two stately minarets on each side. Extracts from the holy Quran have been engraved on some parts of the walls, the remains of which can be seen.

Highlights of Mohamud Gawan Madrasa: 

  • A high basement of 62.53 by 54.9 sq meters
  • Large gateway
  • Two lofty towers (about 50.5 meters tall)
  • Façade made with coloured tiles, floral devices in green, yellow and white colours.
  • 36 classrooms
  • Large and impressive library with 3000 volumes of manuscripts
  • A laboratory
  • Boarding facilities for students and staff
  • Art work and Architectural excellence with quotes from Quran.

How to reach: Mohamud Gawan Madrasa is within Bidar city limits, accessible by walk or auto/taxi. Bidar is 690 kms from Bengaluru. Bidar has both air and rail connectivity. 

Stay: Bidar city has budget, mid range and luxury hotels.


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