Bara Imambara, Lucknow
Lucknow is the heart of art, culture, cuisines, dance, and music. The city stands along the banks of Gomti River with rich cultural past. This capital city of Uttar Pradesh is famous for intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens, manners, and hospitality. The city has many monuments inspired by Mughal architectural style which are preserved and maintained till date.
Bara Imambara is one of the most imposing and impressive monuments of Lucknow. The place is still considered as the major landmarks of Lucknow. Bara Imambara, also known as Asafi Imambara, was built by the fourth Nawab of Awadh, Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784. It is an important place of worship for the Muslims, who come here every year to celebrate Muharram. It is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari (Mourning of Muharram). The main purpose behind the construction of this large and impressive Imambara was to provide employment for the people in this region during a devastating famine by the Nawab.
What to see in Bara Imambara?
The place is said to be the largest unsupported structure of the world. One can also have a view of the grave of Nawab Asaf-Ud-Dowlah and his crown, which is kept in the central hall of Imambara. The most notable parts of the complex include the large Asfi mosque, the Bhul-Bhulaiya (the labyrinth), a Bowli (a step well to store rainwater) and a blocked tunnel passageway which led to Faizabad, Allahabad, Agra and even to Delhi. It is said that great treasure is hidden in these secret tunnels.
One should not miss the Bhul-Bhulaiya, located on the upper floor of the monument. This incredible maze was constructed to ventilate the building. The stairway leads you to terrace where you can experience a panorama view of this beautiful city.
This complex portrays the rich culture and heritage of Lucknow. If you are planning to visit Lucknow, add Bara Imambara to your itinerary. Visiting this beautiful monument would be worth your memories.