(Last Updated on : 29-03-2017)
The Ghats are the major attraction for the tourists in Varanasi. Located on the banks of the holy Ganges
, the city has been a centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. The fort of Barna Sangam Ghat located in Varanasi
is a famous tourist place here. The fort was built by Lal Khan who was a Mohammedan servant of a former Raja of Varanasi. The fort is spread over a wide area and looks very beautiful. The fort can be reached by passing through the western gate of the fort. It is situated at a short distance off the road, on the right hand side. It has been constructed in the centre of a widespread quadrangle. The tomb is adorned with four towers, erected one at each corner. The outer surface of the tomb has been painted with bright colors, mainly blue. The colors have been given a glossy effect that gives an attractive look to the tomb.
Although it has been years that the tomb has been exposed to the sun and to the rains, yet the colors have perfect. The decay of the underlying masonry has, in some places, been a source of injury to the external plaster. It has caused it to crumble away but the places where it has been preserved, the colors are strong and vivid. There are three other tombs within the building. Four more tombs can be seen on the platform outside. The tomb itself has a massive tower. It rise high above the rest and is decorated with a dome. A spire can be seen emerging from the middle of the dome and points towards heaven. A long building has been constructed a few steps from the outer wall of the fort. It is supported by a quadruple row of stone columns.
On the basis of an examination it can be stated that earlier the fort might have consisted of two separate parts. It is evident from the fact that the pillars of one portion of the tomb are all in accurate condition while those of the other are in dilapidated state. The roof of the first division is lower than the roof of the second. The pillars of the fort have been beautifully carved. Few of them are more elaborately sculptures than the others. The lotus
plant, with its flower, its seed pod, its stalk, and long flowing leaves, have been used as an important subject for sculptural work.
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