Bada Imambara, West Lucknow

Husainabad Trust Road
Lucknow, UP - 226003

Type: Landmarks
070291 20332
  • Saptarshi Prakash
    Saptarshi Prakash
  • Manish Kumar
    Manish Kumar
  • Devesh Tewary
    Devesh Tewary

The Bada Imambara, located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, is an architectural marvel and a significant historical and cultural landmark. Also known as the Asafi Imambara, it was commissioned by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, the fourth Nawab of Awadh, in 1784 as a relief measure for a severe famine that struck the region.

The Bada Imambara is renowned for its grandeur and unique design, characterized by its massive central hall, intricately decorated interiors, and iconic arched entrance known as the Rumi Darwaza. The central hall, also called the Bara Hall, is one of the largest arched constructions in the world without any external support of wood, iron, or stone beams.

One of the most fascinating features of the Bada Imambara is the Bhool Bhulaiya, a labyrinthine maze of narrow passages and staircases that leads to the rooftop of the structure. Visitors can explore this maze, which was designed to confuse intruders and serves as a testament to the architectural ingenuity of the builders.

The Bada Imambara complex also includes other notable structures such as the Shahi Baoli, a stepwell with intricate carvings and Islamic inscriptions, and the Asafi Mosque, an elegant mosque built in the Mughal architectural style.

Apart from its architectural significance, the Bada Imambara holds cultural and religious importance for the local community. It is a site of religious gatherings, festivals, and commemorations, particularly during the Islamic holy month of Muharram when processions are held to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

Today, the Bada Imambara stands as a symbol of Lucknow's rich heritage and architectural legacy, attracting visitors from around the world who come to marvel at its beauty, explore its history, and experience the grandeur of Mughal-era architecture. It is also a popular tourist destination, offering guided tours, cultural performances, and exhibitions that showcase the cultural heritage of the region.

Visitors' Reviews

  (Rated by 10 Visitors)
5 Star:
4 Star:
3 Star:
2 Star:
1 Star:

None of our visitors shared their reviews on Bada Imambara, West Lucknow yet. However, we have collected 10 ratings from external sources on this landmark.

Write a Review on this Landmark

Social Media

Click on the links below to follow Bada Imambara, West Lucknow on various social media platforms.

Nearby Landmarks

Following is a list of other landmarks found within few kilometers of Bada Imambara, West Lucknow. You may also view all landmarks in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.