Near Sikandrabad, on the bank of Gomti River, there is located a mausoleum - Shahnajaf Imambara that was built in the 19th century. It was the first king of Awadh clan - Ghazi-ud-Din Haider, who constructed this historical site in Lucknow. He built the Imambara as a token of his devotion to Hazrat Ali, who was the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad. Shahnajaf Imambara is a replica of Ghazi-ud-Din’s own tomb in Iraq. At present, Shahnajaf Imambara is one of the main tourist attractions in Lucknow mainly because of its historical significance and impressive architecture. Near the Imambara, a house and a mosque for Mumtaz Mahal (his wife) were also constructed by Ghazi-ud-Din Haider. However, in the year 1913, the house was torn down to construct a road on the riverside. Inside the Imambara, there lie the remains of him as he wanted to be buried here. Along with that, the graves of his wives Mubarak Mahal, who died in 1849, Sarfaraz Mahal who died in 1878, and Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1896. On 13th of Rajab (birthday of Hazrat Ali) and between 7th and 9th Muharram, the Imambara is beautifully decorated.
Constructed in the year 1816 - 1817, Shahnajaf Imambara is the mausoleum of Haider Ali and his three wives. However, the aim to build this Imambara was to create a place for Azadari (mourning for the sacrifice of Imam Hussain).
Coming on to the architecture of this popular tourist place in Lucknow, the Imambara boasts a strong influence of Mughal architectural style. However, the highlight of the architecture of this Imambara is the large dome which is unique in its shape. Unlike other domes, the neck of the dome is not slender but is onion-shaped. Along with that, there is also a doorway at both front and back side of the Imambara.
Rana Pratap Marg, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001, India.
Shahnajaf Imambara remains open all days a week. One can visit the place on any day between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
No Entry Fee