Timings - Opening & Closing:
Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM ,
Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM ,
Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM ,
Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM
The Bada Imambara was built by Asaf-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784. Often referred to as Asafi Imambara, it is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari.
Classified as Nawabi architecture, the edifice is part of the Asaf-ud-Daula Imambara Complex that contains a mosque, courtyards, gateways and a 'bawali' or step-well that was used as a summer palace. Built as part of a famine relief program following the famine, the complex is one of the earlier attempts in Lucknow to imitate a Mughal complex.
One of the few buildings in Lucknow devoid of European elements, the edifice incorporated high-arcaded battlements even when security was not a concern. The main hall can be reached by two gateways.
Asfi mosque, the Bhool Bhulaiyaa (the...