Bahmani Tombs, Ashtur


Ashtur, Karnataka | Ongoing

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Ashtur village on the Eastern outskirts of the walled city of Bidar is a necropolis of the Bahamani sultanate, during their rule at Bidar (CE1422-1527). In its original context, the tomb complex was sequentially laid out on a tight geometric rationale and with a spatial deference towards the tomb (Chaukhandi) of their spiritual guide Hazrat Khalilullah.

Today this deferential siting is highly fragmented and feeble traces remain of the terraced naturalistic gardens and irrigation network comprising of bavadis (articulated wells) and a pond. In recent years a road has cut through the tomb complex and encroachments have resulted in viewing Chaukhandi and Ashtur tombs as discrete entities. A state highway now runs between the Chaukhandi and the Ashtur tombs.

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The siting of new visitor facilities at the Ashtur tomb complex is derived from a geometric analysis of spatial relationships between the principal buildings. This becomes the generator for inscribing the limits of modern day inserts in relation to historic layers.  The acceptance of a strategic plan re-linking the Chaukhandi and the Ashtur tombs is subject to issues of ownership, impact on regional connectivity and other administrative issues.

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Typology: Public space | Heritage
Extent: 10 acres

Conservation Architects: GN Heritage Matters
Ficus: Sriganesh, Aparna, Abhilash