The recorded history of Gulbarga can be traced back to the 6th century A.D. The powerful Chalukyas reigned supreme for almost 200 years. The Kalachuris succeeded them and ruled the kingdom till the 12th century A. D. Towards the end of that century, Gulbarga came under the Sultanate of Delhi. But the officers from Delhi, appointed to the kingdom, revolted and formed the Bahmani Sultanate. The region flourished under the rule of the Bahmani kings. But their reign was short lived and the kingdom soon came under the Mughal Empire. With the decline of the Mughals, Gulbarga was attached to the newly formed state of Hyderabad. After the overthrowing of the British Rule, it became a part of the state of Mysore, present-day Karnataka. Its name was changed from Gulbarga to Kalaburagi, meaning land of stone forts, which is a reference to the popular Bahmani Fort, around which the city of today developed.
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