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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites of Lucknow?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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Amidst spellbinding grandeur, an intriguing historical past and a vibrant heritage, the city of Lucknow is also the melting point of myriad cultures, religions, beliefs and traditions. Bringing together the beliefs of three major communities, Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, this tolerant city is home to all. How then can spiritual rejuvenation be far away? With religious sites all over the city, Lucknow offers you precious moments of peace and quiet in the midst of chaos and mayhem.

  • Hanuman Temple

    Enveloped in an intriguing story, this revered Hanuman Temple is one of the most important religious sites in Lucknow. It is said that Begum Rabiya of Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah once dreamt of a grand statue of Lord Hanuman lying beneath a garden which she needed to dig to establish a temple. After being blessed with a child, the Nawab wanted to dig up the entire area for the statue. To his shock, an idol similar to the one in the dream did exist. The nawab then decided to construct a temple near the Bara Imambara and ordered for the idol to be carried there. During the journey to the Imambara, the elephant carrying the idol halted and sat down at a place in Aliganj.
    After numerous efforts to help the elephant up, it was advised by a saint to build the temple right there. As they say, rest is history.
    The temple is now called new Hanuman Temple of Aliganj. The lovely festival of
     Bara Mangal associated with the temple is held annually in the form of a lovely, grand mela.

  • Chhachhi Kuan Hanuman Temple

    The ancient temple in
    Aliganj was discovered by a famous saint of Ayodhya. A remnant of the Awadh Empire, the temple is visited by a number of devotees. Displaying a symbol of unity between the Hindu - Muslim community, the dome of the temple is adorned with a moon, an emblem of the grand Awadh empire.

  • Jama Masjid

    Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in India, the Jama Masjid in Lucknow is truly a gorgeous sight. Built entirely in yellow sandstone, the masjid was constructed by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1423.
    Located in the midst of the city, the masjid is a fine example of Hindu Muslim architecture. Also known as Jami Masjid, the masjid is thronged by Muslims during auspicious occasions. Standing tall on 260 pillars that support the 15 arched domes on different elevations, the masjid is absolutely divine. With delicate designs on the domes and intricate carvings on the pillars, this architectural wonder will leave you spellbound. Inspired by the
    Hindu Jain culture, the masjid still stands in all its grandeur and glory.

  • Sheetala Devi Temple

    Shrouded in mystery, the Sheetala Devi Temple is considered as the oldest Devi temples in India. As believed, the temple was destroyed by intruders after which, the beautiful idol of Devi was discovered in a pond nearby. Counted as a blessing, the idol led to the re construction of the Devi temple. Raja Tikait Rai, the Diwan of Nawab also constructed a large pond with numerous stairs leading to it. The pond is also called Tikait Rai ka Talab. Witness to the beautiful Aathon ka mela during the festival of holi, the temple is considered extremely auspicious for newlyweds.

Historically intriguing and spiritually uplifting, these places of religious importance in Lucknow instantly take you to another place. Away from the humdrum of daily life, envelop yourself in a few moments of peace and tranquility.

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