A visit to Purana Qila (Old Fort), New Delhi

Friends,

I hope you all are doing great. I am not able to click from last 2 months due to my busy schedule but I will be clicking and sharing some new stuff very soon.

Today, I am going to share some of the photographs from Purana Qila (Old Fort) situated in New Delhi.

This is West Gate, ‘Bara Darwaza’ which is also an entrance gate to Purana Qila.

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Purana Qila, situated on the banks of Yamuna, was constructed by the Pandvas as Indraprastha 5000 years ago, during the period of the Indus valley Civilisation. It is where Humayun’s capital Din Panah was located. Later it was renovated and named Shergarh by first Afghan emperor of India, Sher Shah Suri. The Hindu king Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya (also: “Hemu”), often referred to as the last Hindu emperor of India, had his coronation in this fort after defeating Akbar’s forces at Agra and Delhi in the Battle for Delhi on 7 October 1556. The Fort was supposed to be unlucky for rulers who occupied the site; Humayun, Sher Shah Suri, and Hemu all had but relatively brief tenures ensconced there—Humayun on two separate occasions, having lost the Fort to Sher Shah only five years after erecting it, and dying within a year of recapturing it 15 years later. Akbar did not rule from here and Shahjahan built a new fort in Delhi known as ‘Lal Qila’ (Red Fort)

“Sher Mandal”

The Sher Mandal named so after Farid (sher shah) who had tried to finish what was orderd by Babur but had died during the initial phase and so construction was halted until the arrival of Humayun.

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“Qila-e-Kuhna Mosque”

The name of the mosque literally means “The Mosque of Old Fort” and it was the congregational mosque of the fort. It was built by Sher Shah in 1541 whic is an excellent example of a pre-Mughal design. The Profuse decoration includes stone inlay using red and yellow sandstone and while and black marble, stone carving and tile work. The number of Jharokhas (cantilevered enclosed opening), and the octagonal turrets at the corners of the back wall are distinctive features of the Mughal style. The prayer hall measures 51 meters X 15 meters, and the centre of the facede is 16.5 meters in height.

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“North Gate or Talaaqi Darwaza”

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It was fun visiting Purana Qila. There are some other monuments which I was not able to capture so I am planing to visit Purana Qila once again so that I can capture those left monuments.

Thanks

Nirmit 🙂

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