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Shah Najaf Imambara in the 1890s

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Shah Najaf Imambara in the 1890s

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Shah Najaf Imambara

The palace of the kings. The building in which the hotel is located. Public domain postcard scan.

Lucknow is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city has a long and rich history, having been founded in the late 18th century as the capital of the princely state of Awadh. It was a center of cultural and artistic excellence, and became known for its cuisine, poetry, and music. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Lucknow was a major center of the Indian independence movement, and it played a key role in the country's struggle for independence from British rule. There are a few theories about the origins of the name "Lucknow." One theory is that the name is derived from the Sanskrit word "lakshmana," which means "marksmanship." Another theory is that the name is derived from the Hindi word "lakshman," which means "having the qualities of a hero." It is also possible that the name is derived from the Urdu word "lakhnau," which means "fort of Lakhna," where Lakhna was the name of the chieftain who founded the city. Ultimately, the exact etymology of the name "Lucknow" is not certain. Lucknow played a significant role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Indian Mutiny or the First War of Independence. The rebellion was a major uprising against British rule in India, and it was sparked by a number of grievances, including the annexation of Awadh (the princely state of which Lucknow was the capital) by the British East India Company. During the rebellion, the city of Lucknow was the site of several significant battles and sieges. The most famous of these was the Siege of Lucknow, which took place in 1857 and was a major turning point in the rebellion. The rebellion was eventually put down by the British, but it had a lasting impact on India's struggle for independence and is considered a major event in Indian history.

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