Places to Visit In Lucknow ( Bada Imambada)

Places to Visit In Lucknow ( Bada Imambada)

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According to history Awadh was hit by a severe famine in 1783. There was general starvation in the Awadh area. So instead of saying that people who do not have rotis to eat, let them eat tunde kebabs – Queen Mary Antoinette said something similar like “Let them eat cakes” and lost her head on the guillotine – he started the construction of Bada Imambara.

Despite the continuous building and breaking, the Bada Imambada turned out to be magnificient. It rivalled the Moghul architecture. No iron or cement has been used in the building. The imambada boasts of one of the largest arched structure with no supporting beams. Under this vaulted chamber lies the simple grave of the Nawab.The grave of the architect also lies in the main hall. Asafuddaulah was truly generous and class blind.
Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork in the entire structure. It is now used by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari.
On one side of the imambada is the baoli. Though the baoli is at a 45 degrees angle to the main gate, you can see the reflection of the main street in the baoli water. You could not figure out the optical illusion or miracle. According to the guide, the reflection carries clear colors so that the guards inside could see the red uniforms of British soldiers at the main gate. Its just like a CCTV watching your front gate.

The other side of the imambada has the Asfi mosque with towering minars. The mosque was also built as part of the relief measures. Like what I have heard at Jhansi & Mandu, there is an apocryphal story about a tunnel here too which goes all the way to Delhi and Allahabad.
On one side of the imambada is the baoli. Though the baoli is at a 45 degrees angle to the main gate, you can see the reflection of the main street in the baoli water. You could not figure out the optical illusion or miracle. According to the guide, the reflection carries clear colors so that the guards inside could see the red uniforms of British soldiers at the main gate. Its just like a CCTV watching your front gate.

The other side of the imambada has the Asfi mosque with towering minars. The mosque was also built as part of the relief measures. Like what I have heard at Jhansi & Mandu, there is an apocryphal story about a tunnel here too which goes all the way to Delhi and Allahabad.

It has large underground passages which have been blocked up. A staircase from outside leads to a series of labyrinths known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan, which is a complicated entanglement of zig-zag passages. Visitors are advised to visit only with authorised guides. Within the compound of the Imambara is the grand Asafi Mosque. Shahi Baoli is another attraction here.




Posted by Sharjeel Waseem


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