Coming from Persia (now Iran), Mahmud Gawan brought with him fabrics, Ethiopian slaves, jewels and most importantly, Arabian horses. Imaduddin Mahmud Gawan (mehmUd gavAn) (ಮೆಹ್ಮೂದ್ ಗವಾನ್) belongs to that rare breed of administrators who rendered great service to the. Mahmud Gawan Madrasa is an old Islamic school (Madrasa), located in Bidar, Karnataka state of India. The school was built by Khwaza.

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Mahmud Gawan

He was familiar with the renowned colleges at Samarkhand and Khorasan in Persia and his own college or Madrassah was modeled on the West Asian architecture. Do not reproduce without prior permission.

As interaction between Persia and the Deccani kingdoms increased, it went beyond exchange of material and money. Mosque Also called as ” Kaanch Khanbha”. In the end ofit was invested by Aurangzeb himself. Second, it weakened the power of its arch-enemy Vijayanagare Kingdom.


The foundations of the building show that sheets of lead were interposed between courses of masonry to prevent damp from injuring the tiled surfaces. It also had big lecture halls, a prayer had and a matchless library of three thousand volumes. This heritage structure is placed under the list of monuments of national importance. The Madrassah building had a large courtyard with nearly a thousand cubicles where students and learned men who came from all parts of the country and East could stay.


Inthe madrasa was damaged by lightning. The results show – with him reaching heritage sites that are as stunning as they are obscure. Whatever remains now is not even a pale shadow of its former self. Thus came the end of the scholar statesman. Each of these hall has a dome on the outer end over the oriel that projects beyond the line of the walls.

Arjun Kumar Arjun Kumar is a management postgraduate by training, a brand manager by profession and a heritage explorer by natural inclination. Archaeological Survey of India since The rooms surround an open area feet square, in the middle of each of three sides of which was a large apartment or hall 26 feet wide by about 52 in length, rising to the full height of building, which is of three stories. His correspondence included letters to the monarchs of Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

The architecture is essentially a combination of Islamic and native styles. Mahmud Gawan Madarasa is among the monuments in Bidar that require round-the-clock watch. The floral decor, arabesque design and decorative inscriptions with arches dominating everywhere make it a fine specimen of Islamic architecture.

Lists of Indian Monuments of National Importance. The madrasa library held over 3, books.


Follow Arjun on Twitter: For 2 years the rains failed and when they came in the third year, scarcely any farmers remained in the country to cultivate the lands. However his achievements are more meritorious than those of many a monarch. Most of the surface treatment is composed of colour produced by glazed tiles. He was very capable and efficient.

The minaret has on octagonal base with round shape at the point. Gawan is well known for his contribution to education.

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Historical Places in Karnataka. Mahmud Gawan of Bidar. A storehouse of wisdom, Mahmud enjoyed the trust and confidence of rulers, locals as well as that of foreign kingdoms, who had great respect for Mahmud.

There were administrative reforms introduced by Gawan, which brought in much resentment among Dakhani governors. An explosion resulted in damage to one-fourth of the edifice of the tower and the entrance. The journey took him to Bidar. Gawan’s growing clout in the court was a sour point with Dakhani or local Muslim leaders. Pre-Independence gazettes, 19th-century maps, forgotten corners of libraries and bits of conversation are pieced together painstakingly. He worked under three monarchs belonging to the Bahmani dynasty that ruled from Bidar.