The Jewel In The Nawab’s Crown- Shah Najaf Imambara !

Our trip to Lucknow was getting bigger and magnificent, just like the style of Nawabs. This city had so much of historical knowledge to give away, that we were spell bound. The best authentic food, culture, art and architecture, heritage sites, etc. just name it and you find it here. It felt like we were reliving the era of Nawabs and their dynasty.

Our journey had reached another beautiful and magnificent landmark of history which was established by Nawab Ghazi-ud-Din Haider. He was the last Nawab Wazir and the first King of Awadh. The moment we were on the Rana Pratap Road, which is considered as the heart of the city, we spotted the elegant Shah Najaf Imambara.

Shah Najaf Imambara

Shah Najaf Imambara | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

The moment my eyes caught the view of Shah Najaf Imambara, a domed shaped, milky white coloured marble structure appeared in front of us, situated on the bank of Gomti River. We were mesmerised. This place is really close to the famous Sahara Ganj Shopping Mall of Lucknow.

When I entered the main building, that grand structural design included a huge and splendid dome which was surrounded by an elegant passage way. I saw that this typical building was plastered with lime and contemporary material which was very unusual from other heritage sites. The Imambara and other buildings under these premises were fenced by a boundary wall.

Central Hall of Shah Najaf Imambara

Central Hall of Shah Najaf Imambara | Image Resource : flickr.com

Then I moved to the Central Hall of Shah Najaf Imambara, and it was beautifully decorated with historical objects, paintings, antiques, crafts, etc.  It was a visual treat all together, and we gained more knowledge about the dynasty. Facts say that the remains of Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider along with his wives named Sarfaraz Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal and Mubarak Mahal who was a European, are buried here under this mausoleum.

The stories about Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider were so mesmerising that we lost count about the hours spent. History says that he was a creative man and his other creations like Moti Mahal, Chhatar Mazil, Tombs of his parents Sadat Ali Khan and Mushir Zadi Begum in Hazratganj, which is just opposite to Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, are commendable.

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