|Lunar obsevatory. Satkhanda dolphin.blogspot.com/|
Right across the road in Hussainabad Chota Imambara, a unique building attracts our attention and it appears to be incomplete. It is a blend of French and Italian architecture. This incomplete monument does not have seven floors as it was originally planned, but is called the “Satkhanda”. What is the purpose of this strange structure that has only four floors? What about the remaining floors? It is said the structure was built with a view to taking a clear view of the Moon during the holy month of Ramzan. The builder already had spent 5 years on this structure and , unfortunately, could not complete it because of his unexpected death on the 7th of May 1842. With his death, work on the tower - Satkhanda” came to a grinding halt.
Under normal circumstances, the successor to the throne would normally resume the work where it was stopped and proceed to complete it. In the case of this tower, the next heir and later others were not allowed to resume the work on the tower as it was considered unlucky and the ruler would run into all kinds of unnecessary problems if would venture to resume the work on the tower. That is the reason why there are four tiers, each built in different styles. This strange structure is under the control of the ASI who carries out periodic repairs.
Mausoleums - Mini Taj:
|chota Imambara, Lucknoow.Yatra.com|
|Mosque at chota Imambara, Lucknoow. commons.wikimedia.org/|
|Mini Taj.chota Imambara Lucknow.sid-thewanderer.com/|
This tomb was built on the model of the Taj by the Lucknow's Nawabs to impress on the Moguls that construction of the Imambaras was a prestigious issue for them and they would rather build many Imambaras for the benefit of the people, rather than wasting money on highly embellished huge and luxurious tombs for their own selves like the Moguls. The message was quite clear: For the Lucknowi Nawabs the holy prophet of Islam and his family are close to their heart and more important than themselves. They would build many structures that were useful to the pious people. This magnanimous attitude of the rich rulers helped them gain the trust of their subjects.