The Aurangzeb Mosque – beautiful skyline

At the top of Panchganga Ghat, closer to Malviya (Rajghat) Bridge, is the Alamgir or Dharahara Mosque or Aurangzeb Mosque. It was built as a Vishnu temple by Beni Madhav Rao Scindia, a Maratha chieftain in the 17th century but was destroyed by Aurangzeb to make way for the mosque. It is also locally known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera.

It enjoys a vantage position and must have been a very imposing structure with its two tall minarets piercing the skyline. As such, this mosque manifests Hindu and Muslim elements in its architecture. The lower part of the mosque still features a temple.

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