Bara Imambara, Lucknow city, UP.  

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There is nothing related to temples in this post. As we had a day in our hand before returning back to Hyderabad, we halted at Lucknow.


We had a day break in Lucknow. The city is capital of Uttar Pradesh. Lot of places to visit here, but we saw only Bara Imambara and a bit of shopping. We were tired by this time. The weather was horrible, one reason for our tiredness. The city is famous for chikankari or shadow work embroidery on fine muslin cloth.

The places one can visit are Bara Imamabar, Chota Imamabar, Botanical garden (Islander Baugh), and State Museum.

  1. Bara Imambara:

    The building and the place is very impressive. It was built in the year 1784 by fourth Nawab of Awadh known as Asaf-ud-Daula. Due to the famine in the year 1784, as part of relief work it was constructed. The Bara Imambara is famous historically and also for the architect. It is one of the important places of worship for Muslims during Muharram.

    The construction is of unique style. The central hall is 50 meters length and 15 meter height which is considered as largest arched hall in the world. Unique factor about the hall is there are no pillars or beams to support the roof of the hall.

    We see Rumi Darwaza with d├ęcor and close to it stand Aurangzeb’s mosque stands on a platform known as Lakshman Tila. There is a picture gallery which displays life size portraits of Nawab's of Awadh. Bulbulaiya

    Bara Imambara is well known for its incredible maze called Bulbulaiya. This is located in the upper floor of the monument. We have steps to reach the place. The place is full of balconies and passages, leading you up and down. Without the help of guide it is difficult to come outside on our own. One can view the scenic beauty of the city from the top of the floor which is breath-taking. The monument is open from 6am to 5pm.

  2. Shah Bauli
    This is a seperate building at Bada Imambara. The building is of 7 floors. As you take the step down you are in the 4th floor and 3 floors down, it's a big well. It was the place where queens have their bath. Renovation work is going on at this place.

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