Bara Imambara - a reflection of Nawabi architecture


With the guidance from the hotel staff, I planned to visit the very famous monument “Bara Imambara”- bara meaning ‘big’ and imambara means ‘shrine’. I was told to visit the place either in early morning hours or in the evening, as the building provides different moods for the day. I opted for the latter After lunch, I made my way towards the Bara Imambara. The great monument was showering its greatness even from a distance. I paid the entry fee of Rs 25 and entered the premises of the monument. I even hired an authorized guide to know all about the magnificent piece of history, which was readily available at reasonable charges.


Bara Imambara Lucknow
Bara Imambara Lucknow | Image Resource :
View of Bara Imambara Lucknow
View of Bara Imambara Lucknow | Image Resource :


On entering the building, I was awed by the beauty and the efficiency of the monument. The guide enriched my knowledge by telling me that the monument was constructed in 1784 for the noble cause of providing employment, and thus food for people during the outbreak of famine. The building is also known as the ‘Gravity Defying Palace’. The entire building is made of Lakhanui bricks and lime plaster; and no wood or metal has been used in the construction, not even in the arched roof of the central hall; which is standing high without any beams or girders. It is being said that this is the sole building in the world without any pillar support although it is largest one. The amazing structure of hollow walls made in the central hall keeps it cool during summer and also help to lessen the load of the giant structure.


Bara Imambara Hall
Bara Imambara Hall | Image Resource :


In the central hall is the positioned the grave of Nawab Asaf-ud-Dowlah and his crown. This unique and contemporary style of construction represents the truly Nawabi way of living with its art and culture.


Bhul Bhullaiya
Bhul Bhullaiya | Image Resource :


Another interesting feature is the confusing but delightful web called Bhul Bhullaiya, which borders the main hall on the first floor along with a step well that connects the monument to the river. On reaching the top, what you get is a breathtaking bird’s view of the city. Being a lover of heights, that was a cherry on the cake for me...simply amazing!!


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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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