Thursday, February 10, 2005

Musi River

A river which passes through the city of Hyderabad in India. Normally, it has a narrow and harmless stream flowing through the city but it is famous for causing destruction and loss of life when it is flooded.

This river's claim to fame is its significance in the birth of the city of Hyderabad. History tells us that the fifth ruler of Golconda - Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah fell in love with a local dancer named Bhagmati. She lived in a cottage in the village of Chichlam, situated on the southern bank of Musi.

It is said that once the young prince rode out from the Golconda Fort to meet his beloved, braving the flood waters of the River Musi. Later, the prince married the girl and ascended the throne following his father's death. When the fort of Golconda became insufficient and there was shortage of water and other resources, the emperor decided to shift his capital to the village Chichlam and thus Hyderabad was born.

Date: 10th February, 2005

Addendum: Purana Pul
When the prince Muhammad Quli risked his life to meet his beloved then his father decided to build a bridge on the Musi River. The bridge still connects both sides of Musi River but it is not used anymore. It is known as "Purana Pul". Sadly, A.P. Tourism is blind towards its romantic and historic significance. Today, nobody cares to mend the bridge which once brought the King and his subjects, together.

Date: 25th July, 2005

7 Comments:

Blogger kiran kumar Chava said...

good blog

But I heard a different story

Seems his father built a bridge

July 25, 2005 4:17 AM  
Blogger Qais said...

Hi! Kiran
Thanks for dropping in. You are correct that Quli Qutub Shah's father built a bridge so that the young prince doesn't have to brave the flood waters to meet his beloved. The bridge is known as "Purana Pul". But here, the subject was "Musi River" so I didn't pay particular attention to this part of story.

Cheers !!!
Qais

July 25, 2005 8:02 AM  
Blogger Sudeep D'Souza said...

This is a wonderful website having a lot of information about Hyderabad.

I also have a blog - mostly contains random thoughts of mine about the city and other things that happen in my life and it is http://sudeepivan.blogspot.com.

I would like to link up to your blog from mine do let me know if that is okay with you.

Keep it up and looking forward to learning a lot more about Hyderabad from your blog.

September 14, 2005 1:29 AM  
Blogger Qais said...

Dear Sudeep,
Thanks for dropping a line at my blog. It is really encouraging if our work is read and acknowledged.

I would be glad if my blog be linked here. Keep coming back.

I paid a visit to ur blog and found it interesting enough, too.

Cheers !
Qais

September 14, 2005 2:54 AM  
Blogger Sudeep D'Souza said...

Hi Qais,

I totally agree with you that getting feedback on things that you write provides a lot of encouragement to write more.

I have linked your blog from all my blogs and I would appreciate it if you do the same from your blog.

Regards,
Sudeep

September 14, 2005 4:11 AM  
Anonymous Indiavidual said...

Just for your info...AP Tourism used the Purana Pul as the venue to celebrate Valentine's Day and suggested renaming the bridge Pyaarana Pul. However the hawker menace on the bridge hampers any serious attempt to promote the bridge as a tourist destination.

October 30, 2007 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is this bridge exactly in hyd??????????? route etc etc

February 13, 2008 12:08 AM  

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