Constructed in 1847 by Nawab Nazim Mansur Ali in close proximity to the Bhagirathi River in West Bengal is a renowned Shia Imambra (i.e. a type of congregation hall) called Nizamat. This Imambara is located in the Murshidabad district. Historically speaking the current Imambara was constructed by Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daullah as a result of the original structure being annihilated due to fire in 1842 as well in 1846. Furthermore, this imambara is considered to be the largest in not only West Bengal but also in the country.
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A. Best time to visit the Nizamat Imambara
The best time to visit this temple is from October to February during the winter when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Nizamat Imambara
Nizamat Imambara Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this Imambara is in a town called Murshidabad. The Murshidabad Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Siliguri etc.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this Imambara then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.
- Via Bhubaneswar:
There is one route from Bhubaneswar to the imambara, and it is via NH16.
- Via Cuttack:
There are two routes Cuttack to this imambara, and they are via NH16, and via NH16 and NH14.
- Via Puri:
There are two routes Puri to this imambara, and they are via NH16, and via NH16 and NH14.
- Via Patna:
There are two routes from Patna to this imambara, and they are via NH333 and via NH19.
- Via Kolkata:
There is one route from Kolkata to this imambara, and it is via Grand Trunk and SH7.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this Imambara is located in Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Nizamat Imambara
This Imambara was first constructed by the Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daulah. It is said to have been built using wood and apparently the plot on which the Imambara was built was dug to about 6 feet deep which was then supposed to have been refilled by soil brought from Mecca. Unfortunately though this structure was partly destroyed by fire for the first time in 1842, and then completely destroyed on 23rd December 1846 once again due to fire. As a result in 1847 this imambara was reconstructed once again by the Nawab Nazim Mansur Ali Khan under the supervision of Sadeq Ali Khan.