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DISTRICT: Kolar; TALUK: Bangarpet
LOCALITY: Budikote (Lat.12° 50' N; Long. 78° 07' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Bangarpet; BUSSTATION: Bangarpet
Budikote situated amidst granite hillocks, accommodated a small fort in its heyday which is evident from the remains of the fort walls and bastions. Amidst boulders, a small open area is identified as the place of birth of the illustrious ruler Haider Ali in 1722 AD. A small platform with a tablet indicating the spot is enclosed by a masonry compound wall with an entrance. Haider Ali's ancestors hailed from Punjab. He was the great grandson of Muhammad Bhelol who had settled in Gulbarga. Later, they shifted to Sira and Kolar where the young Fateh Muhammad, father of Haider Ali was given refuge by a Nayaka working under Subedar of Sira. Fateh Muhammad rose from the status of peon to become Faujdar under the Subedar of Sira and was even given Kolar as jagir for his exceptional qualities as a solider at the battle of Ganjikote.