Monday, March 26, 2007
The Four Minaret's
I was at one place the other day physically,which means I was in the era of Nizams for like 2 whole hours.That is when I had the out of body experience.Not that I was dead or mutated.I for once was in the world of photographic coma (2 words invented by me).Now,what is that and how did it happen seems like a dream.Was at the Charminar of Hyderabad.It is simply one of the most hypnotizing structures of the old world.It still retains the old world charm and you stand and wonder "how did they do this" in it's presence.Every time I visit this place,I am taken back into crazy thoughts. Like, what were the roads like?who lived in these houses?in one word I imagine myself living that era.so let me share the story behind the minar here and will upload a few pics too
It was built by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the eradication of plague.It is said that the emperor prayed for the end of plague and took a vow to build a masjid on that very place.He ordered the construction of the masjid which became popular as Charminar because of its four characteristic minarets. The top floor of the four-storey ed structure has a masjid which has 45 covered prayer spaces and some open space to accommodate more people on Fridays.
Charminar means 'Four Spires' (Char (Hindi) = four, Minar (Arabic manara) = (spire/tower).Once upon a time each of these arches led to four royal roads.Each of the four arches has a clock which were put up in 1889. The monument overlooks another beautiful and grand mosque called Makkah Masjid(more on this the next time).
149 winding steps guide the visitor to the upper floor, the highest point one can reach, and providing a panoramic view of the city of nawabs.This graceful monument is very beautiful on the inside, and is particularly known for its carvings and moldings. The painstaking details result in a graceful, lace-like look.If you visit Hyderabad do not miss these 4 minarets and bazaar of the bangles called the chudi bazaar(will write bout this later)
Welcome to my world of Hyderabad....
pic courtesy Google