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Historical Tales from Fatehpur Sikri

Posted on August 6, 2012 | Historic DestinationNo Comment


Visit the lovely land  of India and go back with a pleasurable travel kitty. India is a place of temples, architecture and forts Come here and bask in the pleasures of a great travel destination and get the best out of tours here.

Visit Fatehpur Sikri and see this beautiful fort city that has been a dream construction of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Built in the 16th century, this was the Mughal capital for some 10 years. This is a complex of lovely temples and monuments which have been in a uniform style of architectural elegance and also has one of the largest Indian mosques the Jama Masjid.

Fatehpur Sikri is a living proof to the kind of civilization of the Mughals that existed here towards the end of the 16th century. This is a special example of the kind of architectural combination that is of a greatly high quality that has been constructed sometime between the years 1571 and 1585 . The layout and the form have been greatly responsible for the other kinds of town planning here Shahjahanabad in Old Delhi are one  example of such an influence. This is the City of Victory and has had an ephemeral existence and been recognized as the Mughal capital. In the year 1571 Emperor Akbar decided to construct this on the place where his son Jehangir was predicted to have been born. It was the great Salim Chisti who predicted this birth. The work was completely done under the supervision of Emperor Akbar and was eventually completed in the year 1573. But in the year 1585, Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri and fought against the tribes of Afghan. So this city is said to be main headquarters of the Mughals. In the year 1619, Jehangir took refuge here when the city of Agra was plagued the site was completely abandoned and then there were explorations of archaeology sometime in the year 1892.

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Fatehpur Sikri is around 40 kms from the city of Agra. Fatehpur Sikri is found on a plateau with rocky landscape and lies on the south eastern direction of an artificial lake It has a 6 km wall bordering it and has many towers which are for fortification. There are seven gates and the best one is the Age of Agra which is the second from the northern side.

Most of the monuments  here are found on the northern part of the road from the region of Gaza to Agra. It is completely made of red sandstone and forms a homogenous group. There is a lot of influence of the Persian,  Hindu, and the Indo Muslim traditions. There are many palaces, pavilions, gazebos and other such structures to see here.

The Diwan-i-Am is the pubic hall of the audience and is surrounded by many porticos which was the place where it is believed that Akbar gave justice. There is an imperial box where Akbar used to sit and today this is in connection with the Imperial Palace or the Daulat Khana. And has the Diwan-i-khas which is the hall for the private audience. This is also called the jewel house. This monument is very popular for the central plan which also has a circular balcony called the throne.

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Then you have the Ranch Mahal which is very famous for the elevation of around four floors.

Akbar has had many religious monuments constructed here . The Jama Masjid is one of the greatest constructions here which is one of the most spacious in the country. It is around 165m by 133 m. and has accommodated many people. It got completed sometime in the year 1571 and is today revered similar to Mecca. This is the place where you have the tomb of Shaikh Salim placed right in the centre. This is certainly a great masterpiece of beautiful decoration , and grand embellishments and had more decorations during the rule of the great Mughal Emperor Jehangir

Then there is the Buland Darwaza which got over in the year 1575, and has been built in memory of the many victories and this city of Fatehpur Sikri has been symbolically representing all these events and more.

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