Imam Bara’s

History

The Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Awadh known as Asaf-ud-Daula. It was built as a part of a relief project for a major famine that took place in the year 1784. The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of this place. It is also called Asfi Imambara after the name of the Nawab of Lucknow who got it constructed. It is an important place of worship for the Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram.

Bara Imambara -Bhool Bhulaiya

The most interesting and amazing structure of Bara Imambara -Bhool Bhulaiya or the Labyrinth, is constructed above the Imambara.  On left hand side you will see steep chain of stairs going upto the roof of the monument.  Put on your shoes, equip yourself with a torch and of course with acqua water bottle if it is summer days, explore the world most discussed and appreciated Bhool Bhulaiya which comprises a network of more than 1,000 passages, 489 identical doorways  and a number of staircases that goes up or down.  Some of the doorways open into the balconies of the Central vault, while some open into the windows wherefrom you can see the main road, and other structures and the rest ways are  blocked !

The structure appears like a maze game involving a number of stairs, tracks, openings which confuse the visitor.  Few of the tracks are sealed because of maintenance or other reasons.  If you visit, keep in mind that maximum stairs have opening to the roof of the structure. If you find yourself confused, you may opt for to go on roof … and this is the easiest way.  This looks like secret code to crack the maze.

You will find some guides burning a matchbox stick at the other end of the balconies that have openings to the Central Hall.  In fact, this is another significant and architectural art of the building that has been used in this structure.  You can listen the sound  of a match stick at the other end of the hall.  It is really interesting and seems unbelievable. If you happen to visit this monument, please do observe this uniqueness.

How to reach 

Take a reliable Taxi or auto or Rickshaw if you are in city. If you are coming through train or Air, please take a pre-paid taxi or auto rickshaw