Alamgir Mosque | Aurangzeb Mosque

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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The Alamgir Mosque, Varanasi, also known as Beni Madhav ka Darera and Aurangzeb's Mosque, is a mosque built in the 17th century by emperor Aurangzeb in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The mosque is located at a prominent site above the Panchganga Ghat. The ghat has broad steps that go down to the Ganges.

Its a beautiful mosque. Emperor Aurangzeb had captured Banaras and built a mosque 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 mosque has high domes and minarets. Two of its minarets were damaged; one minaret collapsed killing a few people and the other was officially brought down owing to stability concerns. The Panchaganga Ghat where the mosque is situated is where five streams are said to join. In October lamps are lighted on top of a bamboo staff as a mark of guidance to the ancestors.

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