Alamgir Mosque

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  • Added: September 23, 2022

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The Alamgir Mosque, Varanasi, Aurangzeb’s Mosque, is a mosque built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The mosque is located at a prominent site above the Panchaganga Ghat. It was constructed by demolishing an ancient temple of Vishnu, Known as Vishnu Madhava, of the 12th Century. The ghat has broad steps that go down to the Ganges. Aurangzeb built a mosque 1669 and named it as Alamagir Mosque in the name of his own honorific title “Alamgir”, which he had adopted after becoming the emperor of the Mughal empire. The minarets couldn’t withstand the test of time and in the 19th century, an English scholar James Prinsep had to restore them. In 1948 one of the minarets collapsed killing a few people around the time of the floods. Later the government pulled down the other minaret due to security reasons.

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