Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Povestiri din Rajahstan 43. Cat din Fatehpur Sikri? / Stories of Rajahsthan 43. How Much of Fatehpur Sikri?

Why is important Fatehpur Sikri? It is one of the best example of Moghul arhitecture with Hindus elements, once the capital of the empire. It is part of UNESCO treasure, built by emperor Akbar. Soon after his death the place has been abandoned because of lack of water.


As it was already late when we arrived there, Bhawar asked us to leave in one hour, in order to be able to travel to Jodhpur in that night. What should we see then? He advised us to go and see the Akbar's monumental gate and the mosque, where the entrance is free.


We negociated a tuk-tuk for 100 Rp a return drive. The gate, called Buland Darwaza or Victory Gate was erected to celebrate Akbar's victory over Gujarat. It is said it is the biggest and tallest in India (54 m height).


The courtyard is huge. Numerous chatris adorned the walls and the buildings. People are coming to the grave of a sufist saint, Cheick Salim Christi. It is said that Akbar himself came to see the saint, asking him for help to get children. After the birth of the first one, he gave the name of the saint to his son, and decided to build the capital there.

One hour passed very quickly. It was already sunset and, after a very hectic day it was, at last, silence and peace.

Poate vreti sa stiti ce am vazut pana la urma la Fatehpur Sikri. Va voi arata aici. Dar mai intai vreau sa va spun de ce doream sa vad acest loc.

Fatehpur Sikri este un oras parasit dar care, intre 1571 si 1585 a fost capitala marelui Akbar. Palatele sale si marea moschee sunt modele de arhitectura mogula cu elemente hinduse, de aceea Orasul Victoriei  a si fost inclus in tezaurul UNESCO ("fatehpur" inseamna "victorie").  De aici pana la Agra mai sunt doar 40 km.

Desi Akbar era analfabet, a fost un mare protector al arhitecturii, literaturii si artei. O legenda locala spune ca neavand copii, a facut un pelerinaj la sfantul sufist Salim Christi care se afla la moscheea, construita in 1571, pentru a-l ajuta. Acesta i-a prezis ca va avea 3 fii. Cand i s-a nascut primul fiu, sultanul i-a dat numele sfantului si a hotarat construirea capitalei acolo. Din pacate, dupa moartea lui Akbar, orasul a fost abandonat datorita lipsei acute de apa.

Dupa cum am scris in postul precedent, soarele nu mai avea mult pana sa apuna, asa ca Bhawar ne-a rugat sa ne intoarcem intr-o ora, ca sa poata pleca din Agra. Ce puteam vedea intr-o ora? E mult prea putin si asa frustrant sa fii acolo si sa pleci, fara sa fii vazut...El ne-a sugerat sa mergem la poarta lui Akbar si la Jama Masjid. Intrarea este gratuita acolo.

Tuk-tukul pe care l-am inchiriat ne-a dus pana in apropierea portii. Acolo erau si alte mijloace de transport interesante.
 Apoi, ne-am apropiat de zidurile puternice
si am ajuns la baza numeroaselor trepte care urca spre monumentala poarta Buland Darzawa sau Poarta Victoriei, obtinuta de Akbar in Gujarat. Cu cei 54 m inaltime ai sai, se spune ca ar fi cea mai inalta poarta din India. Vazuta de jos, este coplesitoare.
 in fata portii Buland Darwaza, la picioarele treptelor
Suntem asaltati de tot felul de vanzatori, mai numerosi si mai agresivi ca in alte parti. Urcam si noi treptele si admiram mai de aproape dantelaria inscriptiei din Coran, care o impodobeste. Pe terasa se afla mai multi vanzatori de fructe. In fata usii de intrare e lume multa. Toata lumea se descalta pentru a patrunde in curtea moscheii.
Intram desculti, pe piatra incalzita toata ziua de soare. Senzatia e chiar placuta. Curtea interioara este foarte mare si plina de credinciosi sau turisti indieni. Numeroasele chatris, elemente de constructie specific hinduse, dau farmec acestei structuri construita din gresie rosie, in diverse nuante.
In curte se afla mormintele unor numerosi dervisi, pe care oamenii lasa flori sau la care se roaga.
Ma plimb putin pe coridoarele laterale, care inconjoara curtea.
 intrarea in moschee
Jama Masjid
 Buland Darwaza, vazuta din curte
In curte, oamenii stau de vorba in grupuri, mai mari sau mai mici. Lumina se schimba mereu, pana chatrisurile devin umbre in soarele care apune.
Ora noastra a expirat. Ne grabim sa ne intoarcem in parcare. Bhawar ne spune ca are o veste buna: tatal sau se simte mai bine, asa ca el va ramane cu noi pana la Delhi. Dupa o zi agitata, in sfarsit e liniste.

26 comments:

Randy said...

Another treat for the eye!

Harvi said...

Imi place foarte mult exteriorul.
O curiozitate am insa...exista un loc special unde e lasata incaltamintea sau trebuie sa o iei cu tine?

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, Randy, but this was all we get there, unfortunately. I should have seen the palaces too...

Traveling Hawk said...

Nu o poti lua cu tine, Harvi. Trebuie sa o lasi la intrare (aici, inainte de a trece de poarta cea mare). De obicei este cineva care sta acolo si, chipurile, pazeste dar ma indoiesc ca face asta. Totusi, nu ni s-a intamplat sa ramanem desculti. Dar nici n-am lasat acolo adidasi sau pantofi...Aveam in masina cate o pereche de slapi si, cand stiam ca mergem la vreun templu, ii luam pe aia...sa nu ne para rau...Doar la Taj Mahal am primit niste pungi de plastic pe care sa le tragem peste incaltaminte.

jelly beans said...

so many great pics from India! been scrolling back through them a few times.

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黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Rajashtan "the land of colours", amazing the islamic influence architecture in this large piece of dessert area in India ... thanks for these beautiful travel pictures and the narrations !

Traveling Hawk said...

Glad to hear this, jelly beans! Please come again if you like, other travels are in front of me, and other still wait to be told about.

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Wong! I am glad to show you something special.

joo said...

Another fascinating post. It's so interesting to travel with you:)

Rizalenio said...

Interesting story about the sufist saint, my friend. I want to see that temple on your 10th photo. That's so beautiful. I love love love the last photo too.

VP said...

One of the most nteresting series of pictures, love the thousands of turrets everywhere.

Doug Hickok said...

Wow, what a phenomenal series of images. There is so much fascinating beauty here.

Traveling Hawk said...

Rizalenio, the 10th photo is Akbar's Gate or Buland Dawwaza, the 54 m tall gate, through which we entered in the mosque yard.

Traveling Hawk said...

Joo, come along further, please :)

Traveling Hawk said...

VP, those are the so-called chatris, a kind of pavilions, specific to hindu architecture. They looked awesome at sunset.

Traveling Hawk said...

Doug, what I saw in India it cannot be seen in other places. I always choose places with something specific for my travels :)

magda said...

Another interesting series of beautiful photos !!!
I like so much the red buildings !!!
Thank you for the tour !
Greetings

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Magda! I am glad you enjoyed.

Life Ramblings said...

another amazing place with great architecture and lovely inscriptions. i also love the silhouette against the sky.

Victor said...

clădirea din imaginile 4, 5, 6 e altfel faţă de celelalte, mie îmi place mult
salutări de unde se agaţă harta

ruma said...

The consideration of around the world people...
IT will become the driving force to let Japan be Re-birth.

Thanks to all of Warm Cordiality.

From Japan, ruma

Traveling Hawk said...

Face parte din zidul care inconjoara palatele, pe care nu am apaucat sa le vizitam :(

Weekend placut, Victor!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks again, Life Ramblings :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Ruma, for your visit.

cartim said...

Totul arata superb acolo, cred ca si atmosefera este de impacare cu sine.
Ai pomenit de dervisi.Despre yoga ai auzit sau vazut ceva cat ai fost acolo?

Traveling Hawk said...

Nope. N-am avut unde, Cartim.