Bara Imambara, Lucknow. Important visiting information
More about Bara Imambara, Lucknow and Historical Information
Constructed in the 18th century by Asaf-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh, the Bara Imambara is a religious Muslim monument situated in Lucknow. Also known as Asafi Imambara, this monument is a must visit when in Lucknow. Neither a mosque nor a mausoleum, this building has elements which are very intriguing. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Muslims especially during Muharram. The monument is significant as it represents the replicas of the tombs dedicated to the Holy Prophet and his family members. The Imambara is a monument that is a great example of Nawabi architecture. It houses a mosque, ‘bawali’ (a step-well mostly used in summers), Taziya, Zari, 489 identical doorways, domed chamber, interconnected passages leading to a three-dimensional labyrinth, and the tomb of Asaf-ud-Daula. The Bara Imambara is one the largest arched constructions with colossal halls and a ‘bhool bhulaiya’-maze of corridors where one can easily get lost. The ideal time to visit this beautiful monument is between October and March since the weather is pleasant. The monument is open to public from sunrise to sunset, and it is advised to visit it with a guide to get the complete feel of the history the monument has to narrate.
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