Chota Imambara

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  • Address: Daulatganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226003, India
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-5223303030
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Mosque, Water Body, Historical Site, Monument, Family And Kids

About Chota Imambara, Lucknow

This beautiful building was built in 1837-40 by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah. It is also known as the Husainabad Imambara. The whole place is beautifully decked up like a pretty bride. Attractive chandeliers brought in from Belgium are one of the major point of interests to the place. The golden dome, silver throne and gold-edged mirrors add to the extravagant prettiness of the place. The graves are cornered with railings and covered in pashmina. There’s a stupendous monument akin to the Taj Mahal which is a supporting building. There’s a water tank with supporting buildings on either side. Some interesting building on either side is the “Shahi Hamam” or Royal Baths. The place is also graced with a beautiful mosque inside it.

Chota Imambara Information

  • Owing to its historical importance, it is expected of people to not cause any damage to the place, in any which way.
  • Soft spoken, well mannered guides are available to take you to a trip to the whole place at a nominal price.

Chota Imambara Ticket Prices

  • 300 INR for foreigners
  • 25 INR for Indian tourists

Chota Imambara Opening and Closing Hours

  • The above timings ply for all days of the week.
  • Please visit the official website to know the schedule of the place on festivals and special occasions.

How To reach Chota Imambara by Public Transport

  • Bus: Mishra Bus Service and Jaiswal Bus Service are the nearby bus stations to this place.
  • Auto: Auto and Rickshaw services are available nearby

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Things to Know Before Visiting Chota Imambara

  • 95% of people who visit Lucknow include Chota Imambara in their plan

  • 74.85% of people start their Chota Imambara visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Chota Imambara

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

58.96% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Chota Imambara

People normally club together Rumi Darwaza and Chowk while planning their visit to Chota Imambara.

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Chota Imambara, Lucknow Reviews

  • What's good The carvings on the wall are beautiful. Place is serene. What's not good Scale is small and takes not more than 10 minutes. What to do Compared to Bada Imambara, this is a carving on the wall. It's beautiful but small. Enjoy the serenity.

  • Very nice place. I was there for very less time so did not get the opportunity to hire the guide, but will recommend to hire one so one can know the history. The Chora Imambara is kind of replica of Bada Imambara but as the name suggests smaller than the later. It was kind of under renovation but still open for visit, the look is new from the out because of renovation.

  • If you are a spiritual person then you must visit here. U can feel inner peace here. People comes here for Hijarat (prayer). Here you will see different kind of tajia and sings related to the Muslim religion. Personally my favorite, love the place.

  • Nice monument. Beautiful decoration. Good ambience of the place.

  • Chota Imambara, also known as Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak is an imposing monument located in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Built as an imambara or a congregation hall for Shia Muslims, by Muhammad Ali Shah, the Nawab of Awadh in 1838, it was to serve as his own mausoleum and his mother, who is buried beside him. The significance of Panjetan, the holy five, is once again emphasized here with five main doorways. This Imambara consist of two halls and a Shehnasheen (a platform where the Zarih of Imam Husain is kept.) Zarih is the replica of that protective grill or structure which is kept on the grave of Imam Husain at Karbala, Iraq. The large green and white bordered hall of Azakhana is richly decorated with chandeliers and a good number of crystal glass lamp-stands. In fact, it was for this profuse decoration that the Imambara was referred by European visitors and writers as The Palace of Lights. The exterior is very beautifully decorated with Quranic verses in Islamic calligraphy. It is situated near the Bara Imambara and on the connecting road stands an imposing gateway known as Rumi Darwaza. The building is also known as the Palace of Lights because of its decorations and chandeliers during special festivals, like Muharram. The chandeliers used to decorate the interior of this building were brought from Belgium.[4] Also housed within the building, is the crown of Muhammad Ali Shah and ceremonial tazias. Thousands of labourers worked on the project to gain famine relief. It has a gilded dome and several turrets and minarets. The tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah and other members of his family are inside the imambara. This includes two replicas of the Taj Mahal, built as the tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah's daughter and her husband. The walls are decorated with Arabic calligraphy. Water supply for the fountains and the water bodies inside the imambara came directly from the Gomti River.

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