Nilanjana Rai Reward Points : 9800 Member Since : Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Can we say that the architecture of Uttar Pradesh is predominantly religious as cities like Varanasi, Mathura, Vrindavan, etc are pilgrimage centers? Besides the Taj Mahal in Agra and a fort or two there are not many historical monuments in UP.
Posted On : 9/5/2009 5:24:34 AM
Amreeta DG Reward Points : 8900 Member Since : Friday, September 18, 2009
Well, I don t think that you can use the idiom religious architecture to describe the monuments in UP. Undoubtedly some of the most famous Indian pilgrimage centers are housed here but what the architecture of Uttar Pradesh reflects is the grand style of the Mughals. Whether it is the Fatehpur Sikri or Taj Mahal, they speak of an era when Indian architecture basked in the glory of royal patronage. Even though cities like, Varanasi, Gaya, Vrindavan are popular with pilgrims but it is these Mughal monuments that stand out with their grandeur. Besides, a number pf people may not be aware about Chunar fort. Located in the Mirzapur district, this historical monument came into prominence with the coming of the Mughals. The architecture of UP also encompass Agra fort, the fort of Jhansi, Allahabad fort, Aligarh fort, etc.