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Bijapur district 550 km (342 miles) Northwest of Bangalore, After the fall of the Bahmanis the Adil Shahi sultans emerged as the pricipal rulers of the Deccan in the 16th and 17th centuries. Their capital, the fortified city of Bijapur, was protected by ramparts with prominent bastions; many of the original cannons are still in place. The Malik-i-Maidan ("Lord of the plain"), reputedly the largest cannon of the period in India, still guards the western entrance. Within thye fort's walls are splendid mosques, palaces and tombs built by a succession of enlightened rulers.


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