Not too far from the hotel is my first sightseeing in Lucknow and it was the Chota Imambara Lucknow. Its creator was Muhammad Ali Shah, who was also the third Nawab of Awadh. The Imambara refers to a congregation hall for the Shia Muslims. It is a delight to the eyes. Situated right in the middle of the hustle bustle, the Chota Imambara held its own. It is in the vicinity of the Bara Imambara and is separated by it only by the Rumi Darwaza. The ceremonial gateway of the Imambara is referred as Naubat Khana.
Chota Imambara Lucknow | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org
Rumi Darwaza | Image Resource : twitsnaps.com
One look at the Chota Imambara had me in splits. Whether the architecture of the place is more impressive or its historical significance, this is very difficult to decide for the Imambara houses the shrines of the Nawab and the entire royal family. The beauty of the place and that of the architecture is equally enthralling. There are minarets and turrets and the glided dome too that spoke of the impressive architectural qualities of the place. The beautiful water body in the front of the Imambara and all of the other fountains has its waters coming from the Gomti River. There are two most beautiful shrines of the Nawab’s daughter and her husband within the premise and they are indeed replicas of the Taj. A tour inside the Imambara also gave me the opportunity to have a look at the crown of the Nawab and various other tazias.
Another name of the Chota Imambara Lucknow is the Palace of Lights. It is so because on special occasions, the whole palace is lit up with lights. Even the chandeliers inside the Imambara are illuminated and the sight I am sure will be fantastic. It is said that the chandeliers were bought from Germany, and they are in fact very attractive to look at. No doubt, everything is very impressive about the place, the ancient calligraphy and also the Satkhanda watch tower right outside the Imambara, which is this unfinished monument built by the Nawab. While on the subject of history, my next stop was the 1857 Memorial Museum, Residency, Lucknow.