Thursday, 26 April 2018

A night walk for knowledge

Essentially, this is a post about a walk that I went to on the 22nd of April, 2018.

The walk was held by Hyderabad Trails -an organization that holds walks like across monuments or places of historical significance in Hyderabad. 

There were about 13 of us that evening. We visited the Mahboob Chowk clock tower, the Khursheed Jah Devdi, the Yahiya Pasha Dargah and the Dargah Syed Shah Raju Qattal.

1. The Mahboob Chowk Clock tower:

The Mahboob Chowk clock tower is also known as the Jame Masjid clock tower as it is next to the famous mosque Jama Masjid. The concept of clock towers was introduced by the first Nizam of Hyderabad. A clock tower is a long, rectangular tower with a pointed, prismatic top with clocks fixed on all four sides. 

Clocks like these were usually established in chowks (an open market area in a city at the junction of two roads) where people could look at the time as many people couldn't afford watches due to the fact that back then, watches were considered a luxury and could not be afforded by many families. 

The clock tower is exquisitely placed in a green garden surrounded by trees and well-maintained bushes. However, since the park around it is open 24/7, many homeless people have made it their abode. The tower itself is a beauty. 

The Mahboob Chowk clock tower is a five-storeyed architectural structure that was built in the year 1892 by the prime minister of Hyderabad, that is Nawab Asman Jah

The first storey (the base) has humongous wooden doors fitted in so that people could go INTO the tower to wind the clock or set the time (now the doors are sealed off). 

The second and the fourth storeys have intricately carved Persian/Islamic work on them. The work is done on blocks of stone and mortar coated with an earthy brown coloured cement. 

The fifth storey has large old clocks fitted on all four sides. The clocks are circular and white with black hands.

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