CharMinar (Four Minarets)

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Arranged blast in the core of the old city of Hyderabad, the Charminar (Urdu ‘Roast’ which means Four and ‘Minar’ which means Tower) is a standout amongst the most perceived landmarks in India. It is the engineering symbol for the city of Hyderabad, comparable to any semblance of the Taj Mahal of Agra or the Eiffel Tower of Paris and is the most looked through verifiable site of the city on Google.

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The overwhelming landmark stands magnificently tall in the midst of the bright bangle shops in the twisted Laad Bazar of the old city and presents a lovely sparkling sight after sunset (7pm-9pm). It is right now kept up by the Archeological Survey of India. The Charminar is arranged on the eastern banks of Musi River with the Makka Masjid, another acclaimed Qutub Shahi design, in the region.


This 400-years of age structure was worked by Sultan Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth Sultan of the renowned Qutb Shahi administration. An indistinguishable piece of the historical backdrop of Hyderabad, the Sultan fabricated the landmark directly in the wake of moving his capital from Golkonda to Hyderabad. History specialists opine that the deficiency of water and plague constrained Quli Qutub Shah to develop another city. He appealed to the Almighty to end his kin’s anguish and promised to fabricate a mosque at the very site where he supplicated.

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Another legend says that the Sultan saw his dearest, the delightful Baghmati, at this very site and manufactured the landmark as an image of his unceasing adoration for her. Despite the fact that this legend picked up prevalence, it appears to be off base when counted with authentic dates. What’s more, the couplets recorded during establishing of the framework stone interpret as “Fill this of mine city with individuals as You have filled the stream with fishes O Lord.”, demonstrating that the development was simultaneous with establishing of the city.

Structure and Architecture

The Charminar was worked at the crossing point of the verifiable exchange course interfacing the business sectors of Golkonda with the port city of Machhilipatnam. The city of Hyderabad was planned with the Charminar at its middle, spread around in four quadrants along the four cardinal headings. Mir Momin Astarabadi of the Qutb Shahi administration assumed a significant job and requested broad arrangements for the plan and design alongside that of the new capital city. Engineers from Persia were welcome to give extra structures and recommendations.

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Motivated by the states of Shiya Tazias worked to celebrate the shocking passing of Prophet Muhammed’s grandson, Hussain at the clash of Karbala, the structure of the Charminar is superbly square, with each side estimating 20m. The four thousand curves open into four unique lanes and stand 11m wide. The square structure suits four minarets in each corner. The minarets are 56 meters high, house two overhangs, and are topped with little fragile vaults and complicated carvings outwardly dividers. Not at all like other unmistakable Islamic landmarks, the minarets are incorporated with the primary structure. Inside the minarets there is a winding staircase with 149 stages and 12 arrivals. The structure is a fine case of Indo-Islamic design with sufficient Persian impacts. While curves and the vaults demonstrate the impact of Islamic design, the minarets reflect Persian impact. The fragile stucco flower ornamentations on the roof, the galleries and the outside dividers talk about Hindu impacts.

Inferable from its engineering closeness, Charminar is regularly called “Arc de Triomphe of the East”.

The second floor of the structure houses the most established mosque of the city. It is situated on the western side of the rooftop. The eastern part filled in as the court at the season of Sultan Qutb Shah. There are two displays inside the Charminar – one over the other. The primary display has 45 musallah or petition spaces opening up to a revealed space that may suit more individuals during Friday supplications.

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Four timekeepers were included along the four cardinal headings in 1889. The little Vazu amidst the patio with a little wellspring gives water to Ablution for Muslims offering supplication in the Mosque.

Legend has it that an underground passage associates the Charminar with the Golkonda post. As indicated by bits of gossip, the passage was worked to support the rulers and rulers departure to wellbeing during an attack. These theories have not been affirmed till date since the presence of any such passage has not been accounted for.

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