Siege of Bidar
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Siege of Bidar, was a twenty-seven days long siege mounted by the Mughal Empire against Adil Shahi dynasty's garrison at Bidar patronized by Mohammed Adil Shah. The garrison was commanded by Sidi Marjan, who refused to surrender or defect.
|Siege of Bidar|
|Part of Mughal-Bijapur War 1657-1686|
|Mughal Empire||Adil Shahi dynasty|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Aurangzeb||Sidi Marjan †|
1000 War elephants
|Casualties and losses|
Although the Adil Shahi dynasty had accepted vassal status during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, they feared Aurangzeb because he sought to eliminate them. In the year 1657 initiated his campaign to annex the mercantile city of Bidar, which was under the control of the wealthy Adil Shahi leader Mohammed Adil Shah.
In the year 1657, the Mughal Army successfully blockaded Bidar and began to discharge Rockets during the siege of Bidar, against Sidi Marjan and his forces consisting of 1000 cavalry and 4000 infantry.
The Mughals forces are known to have flung grenades while scaling the walls. Sidi Marjan himself was mortally wounded after a rocket struck his large gunpowder depot causing a massive explosion eliminating most of the artillery batteries. After twenty-seven days of hard fighting Bidar was captured by the victorious Mughals.
The effects of the siege had a melancholic effect upon Mohammed Adil Shah, who died a year later.
The wealthy city of Bidar became a part of the Mughal Empire and was famous for its textile craftsmen who produced fine carpets embroidered with fine pearls, these carpets were even sent to Mecca and Medina as official gifts by Aurangzeb.
- Prasad, Ishwari (1974). The Mughal Empire. Chugh Publications.