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Buland Darwaza , copyright Picturejockey : Navin Harish 2005-2012

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11th September 2012

Buland Darwaza

Rome was not built in a day and neither was this complex. As I mentioned here that the shrine was originally built in red stone and then it was made in marble. This gateway - known as Buland Darwaza was also built later. Buland means strong and Darwaza means door, Buland Darwaza means "Gate of Magnificence". This is made of red standstone

It is semi octagonal in has pillars and chhatris at top. It has stylized battlement and small turrets and inlay work of white and black marble. A Persian inscription on eastern archway of the Buland Darwaza records Akbar's conquest over Deccan in 1601. It is 40 metres high and 50 metres from the ground. The total height of the Structure is about 54 metres from the ground level. It is a 15-storied high gateway that guards the southern entrance of the city of Fatehpur Sikri.

An inscription on the central face of the Buland Darwaza throws light on Akbar's religious broad mindedness.

On the main gateway an Islamic inscription written in Persian reads "Isa (Jesus), son of Mary said: 'The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen."

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