Have you ever experienced the early morning trip in North India?
The dawn of beautiful weather, harmonious bird chirping with tickling cold breeze. Enjoying your perfect blend cup of tea with authentic north-india snacks. Well if you not, but I've experienced all of this magical moments in Lucknow " The Heart of North India " where I've experienced many blissful adventure in every beat of Lucknow.
The popularity of Lucknow in India is for multiple reasons whether it is from "pet to pahanaava " ( Lucknawi briyani to Lucknawi kurta ) trend of Lucknow " the nawabs" never goes down.
The local street of Lucknow is connected through many soulful locations, where you can find your dream place to be at. And one of them is "Bara Imambara" a historical monument with a marvellous architecture, that can't even perplexed by modern architects. The Imambara was built by Nawab Asaf - ud - Daula in 1784 and it's creator was Kifayat - ullah who is said to be a relative of the architect of the Taj Mahal. This fort like huge and elegant structure is also called Asafai Imambara. The Bara Imambara is an architect mixture of Rajput and Mughal with Gothic influences. The interesting buliding having a marvellous elements and structure within it.
Imambara is home to the historic gate, which is full of such amazing architecture, which even modern architects are surprised to see.
It was built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. Its pledges were Kifayatullah, best known as the relative of the architect of the Taj Mahal.
It is a huge grand structure built by the Nawab in the famine relief program, also known as Asafai Imambara. Its structure exhibits a mixture of Rajput and Mughal architecture with Gothic influence.
Bada Imambara is an interesting building, which is not a mosque, nor a mausoleum. The construction of the chambers and the use of vaults show strong Islamic influence in it.
The Imambara is actually a large hall built after a bird's eye courtyard, where it is reached by two huge triple arch paths. The central chamber of the Imambara is about 50 meters long and 16 meters wide.
The ceiling of the columnless chamber is more than 15 meters high. This hall is the largest structure in the world standing without external support of wooden, iron and stone beams, which have been interlinked with bricks without a beam or guarder. Which reflects the grandeur of the architecture.
Why do labyrinths say ?
The Imambara has three huge chambers, with long corridors between the walls, which are about 20 feet wide. This dense and deep structure is called a labyrinth.
In fact, there are more than 1000 small avenues which look alike. The surprising thing is that they all come out on different paths. There are some people whose ends are closed.
Interesting stories of Imambara
Interesting stories are also behind the construction of this wonderful building. It is believed that due to lack of employment in Lucknow in 1785, the problem of starvation starved.
It was decided to build Imambara for the betterment of the people and to provide food to the stomach, which provided employment to thousands of people.