Bara Imambara is the grandest building in Lucknow built by Asaf-ud-daulah, Nawab of Lucknow in 1784. Imambargah is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. Architecture of the complex reflects the maturation of ornamented Mughal design namely the Badshahi Mosque. Main Imambargah consists of a large vaulted central chamber containing the tomb of Asaf-ud-Daula. A 50 by 16 meters and over 15 meters tall without beams supporting the ceiling is one of the largest such arched constructions in the world. There is a three dimensional labyrinth with passages interconnecting with each other through 489 identical doorways known as Bhoolbulaiyya. Design of Imambara was obtained through a competitive process. The winner was an architect Kifayatullah. This is a major project not incorporating any European elements or the use of iron.
A procession with horses, Music to the core, Devotees enjoying the occasion, Caparisoned Elephant, Beatings of Drums, Devotees carrying huge flag posts, Thronging Devotees, Enjoying the festivity, Mood of celebration, Devotees in ecstasy, Only one sound in the air, Jai Bajrangbali, only one aim in their mind, blessings of Hanumanji, Jai bolo Bajrangbali ki
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Known as HussainabadImambara. Built by Muhammed Ali Shah the third Nawab of Avadh in 1838. It was to serve as his own mausoleum. Also known as Palace of Lights.Chandeliers decorating the interior of this building was brought from Belgium. It has a gilded white dome and several turrets and minarets. The tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah and other members of his family are inside the imambara. The walls are decorated with Arabic calligraphy.
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Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills and sequins. The origin of embroidery are unknown, but early examples survive from ancient Egypt. Embroidery is considered as craft of the two hands. Chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch are techniques of hand embroidery today. Embroidery was a very important art in the medieval Islam world. Elaborately embroidered clothing religious objects and household items have been a mark of wealth and status. Embroidery hoop or frame is used to stretch the material and ensure even stitching tension that prevents pattern distortion. Artisan’s brisk moments of hands and the revealing of the design is an interesting event to watch. Varanasi is famous for its intricate embroidery designs.
Lucknow Residency the place of Sepoy Mutiny in the year 1857. The cartridges were believed to be greased with a mixture of beef and pork fat, which defile both Hindu and Muslim Indian soldiers. Indian soldiers refused to bite the cartridge to open. They were disarmed by other regiments. On 10th May 1857 the India soldiers at Meerut into open rebellion. The first attack was repulsed on 1stJuly, the Machchhi Bhawan palace east of the Residency was evacuated and blown up. 8000 sepoys and several hundred retainers of local landowners surrounded the Residency. The rebels continued to shell garrison in the Residency and dug mines beneath the defences which destroyed several posts. The 1st siege lasted 87 days, 2nd a further 61 days. The ruins of the Residency reminds the great uprising of 1857 sepoy mutiny in Lucknow.
Printing blocks are required for creating designs for Chikan work. Block makers are highly skilled and experienced workers. Blocks are made with chiseling high quality wood called Sheesham. Mainly traditional motifs are carved such as classical but is, paisley designs and tree of life. Designs are inspired from Muslim architecture. Tree of life motif carries an Indo-Persian influence.
Vrindavan comes from its groves of Brinda – Ocimum Tenuiflorum (Holy Basil or Tulsi) with vana meaning a grove or a forest. Vrindavan is considere a holy place by Hindus. It is a centre of worshipping Lord Sri Krishna. Bhagavata Purana describes Krishna’s early childhood pastimes in Vrindavan. It is said Lord Krishna meets and dances with local girls of Vrindavan village especially Smt Radharani. Vrindavan is about 15 KM from Mathura Lord Krishna’s birth place. In the year 1515 Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrindavan. Nidhivan is the place where Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani spent their pastimes.