Chhota Imambara, Lucknow

Admire the luxury of colonial-era rulers of Lucknow at Chhota Imambara, an exquisite congregation hall for Shia Muslims and a mausoleum for Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh. Built in 1838, an ornate pavilion with a radially-ribbed gilded dome has a baroque façade with Arabic calligraphy as ornaments and several pointed arches with elaborate carvings. The interior features elaborate Belgium-made chandeliers with crystals and stained glass used during ceremonies. Tombs of the shad and his mother are made as replicas of Taj Mahals. The front façade overlooks a large pool with fountains supplied directly from Gomti River. Plan your Chhota Imambara visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lucknow using our Lucknow day trip tool .
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  • 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 w...  more »
  • Imambara is topped by a golden dome, which when illuminated during festivities, offers a fantastic view. This complex is also known by the name of Husainabad Imambara.  more »
  • Regal place with very thoughtful, well designed architecture. Its advisable to have a guide, who can tell you subtle nuances of architecture. Well organized and repository of many appreciable artifact...  more »
  • 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.
  • Great Historical Monument. Every Corner of it has a beautiful history attached to it. The hospitality of the workers is just exceptionally good.
  • Beautiful place, but not much to see there. It would feel like a very good mosque, that's all.
  • Awesome place for tourists..... Very Intresting history of the palace.. and the maze ...
  • 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 mausoleumand 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 .
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