Bara Imambara : Lucknow

Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Oudh, which is known as Asaf-ud-daula. It was built in 1784 as part of a relief project for a major famine. Baram Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of this place. It is also called asifi imambara in the name of the Nawab of Lucknow, who had built it. It is an important place of worship for Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram.

There is a unique style of construction in Baramah Imambara. The central hall of Baram Imambara is called the world's largest arched hall. The hall is 50 meters long and goes up to a height of 15 meters. The fact that the construction is unique is that the blocks are embedded with the interlocking system of bricks and girders and beams have not been used at all. The roof is still up to date to support it without any pillars.

Baramma Imambara is known for its unbelievable maze, which is called Bhulbhulaiya. It is located in the upper floor of the monument. A ladder leads to this level. A beautiful panorama of the city can be seen from above this monument, which is completely breathtaking. The maze should look at one and the best way to find your way without losing is to hiring a guide. It is said that great treasures are hidden in the secret tunnels of this maze. The monument is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Baram Imambara is one of the major destinations of Lucknow. It was built under the rule of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula of Awadh region. Bada Imambara, Shia Muslims have a temple built for the purpose of Muharram rituals. The structure is a architectural finesse and a memorial because of its kind memorial in India. This historic place must be in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Important factors of this architecture are mass and unsupported roofs. Therefore, it becomes a building of its kind under Uttar Pradesh tourism.


In 1784, the Awadh area was struck by a major famine. Nawab then came with a plan to work for all the people. Therefore, the times Imambara is also called asifi imambara.

It is believed that it took 11 years to complete twelve Imambara. Approximately 20,000 men were part of the construction of this magnificent structure. This temple was completed in 1791 and during that time famine also ended.

Nawab had to share the work to all the sections (poor, working and elite) people. So he planned that the people of the poor and the working class will build the structure in the morning. In the evening, the elite men destroyed the work that day. An interesting way to ensure work for everyone.

This premises has a large entrance, asifi mosque, forgery (mausoleum corridor), bawli / bawli (well) and patio. There are also 3 halls named China Hall, Persian Hall and Khurboja Hall in Baram Imambara. It is said that Nawab used to hold meetings in these halls.

This is a building dedicated to the Tomb of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. It is a beautiful structure located in the west of Imambara. This is also the place where many Muslim pilgrims come. It is built in the Mughal style of architecture without any European effect.

The most prominent part of the complex is this structure. There is neither a doom or a tower in it, but it is constructed only with the help of arched doors, windows and corridors. Big Emambara is one of its kind because its full weight is balanced with support of pillars or beams without roof support.

Mistake (funeral corridor) is just above Imambara. Bhool-Bhulaiya is one of the main elements which supports the pillarless building. It has a network of paths with equal doors and stairs. Tourists have to go here only with a professional guide, otherwise there is a possibility of being lost.

In addition to similar routes and doors, there is a wonderful acoustics in forget-labyrinth. A person whispers at one end of the road can be heard from the other side. Even in one of these balconies light can be seen from other parties. Therefore, this corridor of the mahas is the most interesting kind.

Bawli / Bawli (step well)

The royal baavali is a well-ordered step with the surrounding bathroom. There is also an interesting architecture at Shahi Bawli on the eastern side. If you are standing on the eastern edge of the well, you can see the image of a person in the water coming near the well.

Rumi door

Rumi Darwaza is one of the main destinations of Lucknow. It is a gate in which there is a complex structure and a wonderful view of the Gomti river at the top of the gate. Now the roof of the gate is not open to the public. The Rumi door is also called the Turkish Gate and the name 'Rumi' comes therefore because it was made by the workers of Rome.

Materials used for building

It is so exciting that such a creative and beautiful structure is made without any modern equipment. Imambara is mainly made with a special frame of bricks and the roof is said to be made of rice bran.


A popular legend is that there are many underground routes that go to the cities of Delhi, Faizabad and Allahabad. There is also a route that leads to the river Gomti. However, all of them have been sealed for a long time and nobody knows whether they really existed.