Monday, September 3, 2012

Bara Imambara of Lucknow

Although I've been to a lot of monuments and architectural ruins while freaking out here and there in the name of 'traveling', honestly speaking, I don't enjoy much in spending time reading what our fellow travelers have scribbled on their walls like Mr X loves Ms Y or some immortal love quotation. If I'm given a choice between an infamous meadow and a famous monument I'll surely leap for the former... yea you may call me a blunt man but I'm happy that way. But when it comes to Lucknow, where I've to drop in three four times a year for my own reasons and spend a day or half, I somehow discard those ideas like chilling my body inside Saharaganj Mall, straining my eyes in Wave Cinema or pushing the sweating mad rush at Chowk area and ultimately find it most convenient to spend an hour or two snailing inside Bara Imambara complex! Last week was no exception. I had my camera with me, so thought of taking few clicks inside the complex instead of sitting idle and letting my mind to turn a devil. It was drizzling but who cares... Well let me enlighten you about the Bara Imambara of Lucknow with some noteworthy info from Wikipedia. Bara Imambara is an imambara complex in Lucknow, built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784. It is also called the Asafi Imambara. Bara means big, and an imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. The Bara Imambara is among the grandest buildings of Lucknow! The complex also includes the large Asfi mosque, the bhulbhulayah (the labyrinth), and bowli, a step well with running water. The architecture of the complex reflects the maturation of ornamented Mughal design, namely the Badshahi Mosque - it is one of the last major projects not incorporating any European elements or the use of iron! I guess this much introduction is enough before posting my photographs...

What I didn't mention above was the the trouble raindrops were shooting at me by smudging the clarity of my lens and off course missing the kabab and biryani of Tunde... bad times didn't let me go off so easily under the overcast sky... acquired sore throat and fever in no time... bLA bLa continued which are least relevant to this Photograph post. I'll try to cover some other spot of Lucknow next time, may be coupled with some food photographs too. One last word, please do swear not to make the monuments of our country dirty by writing this and that on its walls... They're our pride as well as possession... so let us be responsible tourists/travelers.

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