The new morning greeted me wholeheartedly. Lucknow in one single day had become so endearing to me that with each day my interests peaked and the city too with its offerings of diverse sightseeing not once disappointed. The presence of Nawabs and their various monuments which is a part of the city’s heritage stand elegantly forming an inseparable part of the city and allured the sensibilities of all travelers within the country and also of those who came from foreign lands. The breakfast spread at hotel gave me an opportunity to try the flavor of the local cuisine which like the rest of Lucknow impressed me thoroughly. My commute to the Bara Imambara Lucknow, the rental car was on time albeit I was a bit delayed in my thoughts and the morning routine.
As I reached the shrine, the word Bara did full justice to the imposing building in front of me. Bara meant big and that it is, full in its regal kind of effect. This heritage building is a shrine and has been constructed by the Shia Muslims in the year 1784. Since the building had been built under the reign of Asaf-ud-Daula, the then Nawab of Bengal, the place is also referred to as Asafi Imambara. Home to the Asafi Mosque and an interesting labyrinth, there is also a bowli which is a step well. The water still runs in it since the premise is kept maintained and tidy by the concerned authorities. As a popular attraction of Lucknow, this grand building invites a lot of tourist attention and makes them have a peek at the heritage building. I intended to have more than a peek; it interested me tremendously how history has it that the Imambara had been constructed in a period of famine then. The sole purpose of the construction then became to provide employment to the famine affected families.
Adorned with the Mughal design, the Bara Imambara Lucknow both intrigued and fascinated us. Having thor
oughly seen it, we moved ahead for the other sightseeing planned for the day, the Ambedkar Memorial Lucknow. Different periods of history but all being experienced in one day was turning out to be very interesting.