Kalyana Karnataka Utsav

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  • February 25, 2023
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Context: Recently, For the first time, a mega event celebrating the region — the Kalyana Karnataka Utsav, is being  organized by the Government of Karnataka

About  Kalyana Karnataka Utsav:

  • The Kalyana Karnataka Utsav is been organized by the Government of Karnataka.
  • It is the  first time, a mega event celebrating the region is being organized.
  • Seven districts including Bidar, Raichur, Yadgir, Koppal, Kalaburagi, Vijayanagara, and Ballari are participating in the grand festival.
  • The theme is focused on educational development and heritage.

About Monuments at Kalaburagi :

  • Kalaburagi is a place that housed several Sufi saints who lived to build communal harmony and teach humanity.
  • The region was home to the 12th-century social reformer Basavanna, the 14th-century Sufi Khwaja Bandanawaz Gesudaraz, and the 19th-century saint Sharana Basaveshwara.
  • The region, which was ruled by the Maurya’s, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Bahmani’s, and Nizams, still holds much rich cultural heritage and wonders like
    • The  Bahmani fort consists of a large Jama Masjid and one of the world’s longest cannons.
    • the Haft Gumbaz, where the Bahmani kings were buried.
    • The tomb of Firoz Shah Bahmani which is particularly well-known for its ornamentation with stucco-work and black stone carvings on the doors and windows.
    • The Syed Khalilullah Husseini dargah complexwhich was inspired by Bahmani and Adil Shahi architecture.  
    • There is also a small tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s daughter carved with white marble.
    • The palaces of the last two Nizams, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan and his son Mir Osman Ali Khan are also located in the heart of Kalaburagi city and have a high influence of the Gothic style of structures with the addition of the architectural style of local Patel homes.

Muhammad bin Yusuf Al-Hussaini,


  • was a 12th-century philosopher, statesman, Kannada poet, and social reformer during the reign of the Kalachuri-dynasty king Bijjala I in Karnataka, India.
  • He spread social awareness through his poetry, popularly known as Vachanaas.
  • Basavanna rejected gender or social discrimination, superstitions, and rituals.
  • He presided over the Sharana movement which attracted people from all castes.
  • He is the first Kannadiga in whose honour a commemorative coin has been minted in recognition of his social reforms.
  • He introduced new public institutions such as the Anubhava Mantapa, that welcomed men and women from all socio-economic backgrounds to discuss spiritual and mundane questions of life, in open.

Taj-ud-din Firoz Shah

  • also known as Firuz Shah Bahmani was the ruler of the Bahmani Sultanate from 1397 to 1422.
  • Firuz Shah is considered an important ruler of the Bahmani Sultanate.
  • He enlarged his realm and even conquered the Raichur Doabfrom the Vijayanagara kings.
  • Mahboob Ali Khan was the youngest son of 5th Nizam Afzal-ud-Daulah.
  • Mir Osman Ali Khan was the last Nizam of Hyderabad, a princely state in British India, and the second richest man in the world in his time.


Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the cultural history of India, consider the following pairs: (2020)

  1. Parivrajaka — Renunciant and Wanderer
  2. Shramana — Priest with a high status
  3. Upasaka — Lay follower of Buddhism

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Q.2) With reference to the religious practices in India, the “Sthanakavasi” sect belongs (2018)

  1. Buddhism
  2. Jainism
  3. Vaishnavism
  4. Shaivism

Q.3) With reference to India’s culture and tradition, what is ‘Kalaripayattu’? (2014)

  1. It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India
  2. It is an ancient style bronze and brass work still found in the southern part of the Coromandel area
  3. It is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar
  4. It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India


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