Bara Imambara is also popular with the name Asfi Mosque in Lucknow, India. The word Bara represents the big, and imambara represents a shrine. The Asaf-ud-Daula Nawab of Awadh built this complex. It was constructed in the year 1784. This is made in the Bhul-bhulaiya manner as there are around 1024 ways to reach the terrace, but a person can come back to the main gate from two ways only. This kind of architecture is also known as accidental architecture. This place includes a mosque and stepwell-bowli. The place is also known as the gravity-defying place in Lucknow.
Bara Immbara Architecture
The main hall of this Bara Imambara is exclusively constructed that has an interlock system. It has a brick-work. This mysterious architecture of Bhulbhulaiya is popular across the world. An official guide is present in this complex that helps the visitors to roam around the clandestine maze. Guides make them aware of the history of the mosque and gardens.
22000 people did the construction of this complex. Ordinary people worked in the daytime, and noblemen worked at night. The reason behind working night shifts so that they could not be identified. Half a million rupees were spent on the construction of this placer. Once the construction has finished, Navab has spent around five hundred thousand rupees so that it can be decorated properly and maintained annually. In the construction of this building, Arabic and European architecture excellence are used.
Bara Immbara Facts
The central hall of Bara Imambara has a length of 50m, and this is three story’s building. No pillar is supporting these story’s hence this defines the concept of gravity. To prevent intruders, 1000 narrow staircases passages are built. Many blocked tunnels are available inside the Bara Imambara that lead to Allahabad, Delhi, etc. But the government found the issue of missing people when they explore this tunnel; hence the government has blocked this tunnel after that. The construction of Bara Imambara was done without using wood and metals; hence this is popular for its unsupported construction globally. Shahi-Hammam is connected with the Gomti River.
Visiting Bara Imambara
Visitors can come to this destination anytime in a year. Between October to March weather condition of this place is pleasant; hence most of the visitors come in these months only to explore this place quickly.