Monuments in GorakhpurGorakhpur is a city that has a rich and vibrant history with various cultural influences that have moulded it to be what it is today. Although modern trends have caught up with the city and their influence is seen in the changing landscape, there are still many relics that have been preserved over time to bear testimony to Gorakhpur’s historic past. In many parts of this city as well as its surrounding regions, you will find monuments that have been preserved down to this day to make Gorakhpur proud.
Domingarh FortThe ruins of the Domingarh fort lie to the East of the city of Gorakhpur. This fort dates back to the reign of the Tharu king Madan Singh, who ruled between 900 and 950 A.D. when he constructed it to protect himself from the Donwar Rajputs.
The ruins of this fort resemble a mound of huge bricks. Apart from being a notable historical monument in itself, the Domingarh Fort came further into the limelight when an amulet of gold was found in a relic casket in 1884, representing the Rahul and Yashodhara, the Buddha’s son and wife. The Domingarh Railway Station passes through this region and provides easy access for those who would like to go back in time by visiting the ruins of this fort.
Gorakhnath TempleThe Gorakhnath Temple is one of Gorakhpur’s most renowned monuments with its ancestry and conception being associated with Guru Gorakhnath, from whom the city itself took its name. This temple that stands on 52 acres of land is said to date back to the 12th century when it had its beginnings as a shrine dedicated to where the Guru performed Tapasya. Apart from being a religious place, the Gorakhnath Temple is a monument of undoubted antiquity and an architectural marvel. With the passage of time, it has seen changes in empires, variations in cultures and modifications to its initial structure. A visit to this historic monument opens one’s eyes to the history of Indian culture as it metamorphosed to be what it is today. Read More
Vishnu Statue in Gorakhpur
The Vishnu image is one of Gorakhpur’s state-protected monuments and has its origins dating back to the twelfth century and is located within the famous Vishnu Temple. Sculpted from Black Stone also known as Pal Kalin Kakin Kasauti, this image is a magnificent work of ancient Indian art that has been preserved through the changes that time has wrought on culture.
Imambara, or the Bode of Imams, lies around 3 kilometers from the Gorakhpur Railway station, on the Maya Bazaar Road. Built at the end of the eighteenth century, it is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The first Mian Sahib of Gorakhpur, Syed Raushan Ali, was the person behind the concept and construction of the Imambara. The main monument is at the center of the grounds and there is an enclosure surrounding it. It contains silver and gold tajiya and preserves a smoke fire called the dhuni. The Imambara is abuzz with activity especially during Moharram, when the annual process starts from here.