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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Lucknow?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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One of the most culturally rich cities in India, Lucknow or Awadh is bestowed with an intriguingly complex historical background. From time immemorial, this beautiful city has bedazzled men of importance. From the age of mythology to the erstwhile British era, Lucknow has beheld the attention of all.
Here is a peek into the historical happenings of this culturally astounding city.

  • Mythological beginnings
    Legend has it that this beautiful city was gifted to Lakshman by Lord Rama. Lord Rama of Ayodhya after conquering Sri Lanka presented the city of Lucknow to his devoted brother. Originally named Lakshmanpur or Lakhanpur, the city flourished under the rule of Lakshmana.Rising above the illusions of time, the city of Lucknow once again found mention during the 18th century.
  • The city of Nawabs
    During the Mughal era, the emperors began to appoint Nawabs to ensure smooth administration in their respective provinces. Mohammad Amir Saadat Khan was appointed the viceroy of Lucknow, an important province during that time. The powerful dynasty that followed guided the future of Lucknow. Under the rule of the fourth Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, the city flourished unbelievably. The world of art witnessed a dramatic change which is still seen in present Lucknow. From poetry to dance to brilliant architecture, everything found a new meaning. The Chhota Imambara, Bara Imambara and Rumi Darwaza are only some of the monuments that were erected during this time. As the British rule began, Lucknow was signified as an administrative capital. With numerous small uprisings during the end of British rule by Indians, Lucknow was witness to a lot of tragedies and mishaps. The famous Khilafat movement found its base in this very city.
  • Post independence, Lucknow was established as the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh by the then Government of India.
  • Lucknow as we know it
    This vibrant city has carved a distinct and impressive niche for itself. With its complicated historical past, the city has been synonymous with change. Exchanged in the hands of many, the heart and life of Lucknow remains as is. Its close association with art, music, dance and architecture has seen the beginning of many intriguing forms of art and craft. From enthralling mushaira evenings to the delicious awadhi cuisine, from architectural splendours to the warm, welcoming people, Lucknow is an open book mystery.

Discover and uncover the realms of this enchanting town with various activites to do in Lucknow. Let the city lead you, from hidden corners to grand monuments, there is an untold story awaiting you.

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