|Firoz Minor, Gaur, West Bengal. en.wikipedia.org|
|Firoz Minor, Gaur, West Bengal.double-dolphin.blogspot.com|
Firoz Minar -Tower of Firoz/Firuz, built by Sultan Saifuddin Firuz Shah of the Habshi dynasty between 1485 and 1489 is a five-story tower in Gaur, West Bengal. Following the architectural style the Tughlaqi period, the first two storeys are dodecagonal and the final two are circular in shape with reduced diameter.
|Firoz Minor plan. Gaur, WB. asikolkata.in|
This tower was built to commemorates Firuz Shah's victories in the battlefields. The local story about this tower is Firuz Shah was not happy with the tower; he wanted it much taller. Being highly intemperate and rude, without any second thoughts, he threw the chief architect from the topmost storey to death. Reason: he was not satisfied with the design and height. Colloquially, the tower is referred as Pir Asa Mandir and Chiragh Dani.
|Habshi dynasty of Bengal. minted coins. mintageworld.com|
The tower that sits atop the masonry plinth is 26 metres (85 ft) high and its circumference is 19 metres (62 ft). If you take the spiral staircase with 73 steps you can reach the top. The minar resembles the Qutb Minar of Delhi. Atop the tower there used to be a dome. However, after repair and restoration work, the dome was not rebuilt, instead there is a flat roof.
Firoz Minor is just one kilometre away from the Dakhil Darwaza in the city of Gaur, Malda district.