Lucknow is known for its culture, taste and historical heritage among many other things. But if we talk about special heritage, then Charbagh Railway Station is also one of those few historical heritage which contains many interesting facts in itself.
As soon as the steps of a person coming from another city fall on the Charbagh railway station, the beauty and grandeur of this place makes him crazy. Charbagh, one of the most beautiful railway stations in the country, looks like a chessboard when viewed from above. So let’s talk to some historians and introduce you to the history and merits of Charbagh Railway Station… Like Aishbagh, the favorite garden of Nawab Asaf-ud-daulah, Charbagh was also one of the beautiful gardens of the city. This is to say of historian Yogesh Praveen. Four gardens were built at the four corners by laying four canals like a chaupad. Such gardens are called Chahar Bagh in Persian language. This is where Chahar Bagh later turned into Charbagh.
The Foundation Of The Station Was Laid By The British
Historian Roshan Taki tells that the foundation of Charbagh was laid in the north of Lucknow’s Munavwar Bagh. When the Nawabi period ended, the beauty of this garden also faded. At the same time, the British government planned a magnificent station on the big line.The British officers liked this area between Mohammad Bagh and Alambagh very much. This was the period when Aishbagh had a railway station in Lucknow. Tracks were laid here by giving Maulviganj and Purani Imli area as compensation to the Nawabs of Charbagh and Char Mahal. Bishop George Herbert laid its foundation stone on 21 March 1914.
70 Lakhs Was The Cost
Jacob, the famous architect of that period, prepared the plan of this building. At that time, 70 lakh rupees were spent in the construction of Charbagh station. Two skills of construction art are visible in this building built in Rajput style. First, when viewed from above, the large and small umbrella-shaped domes of this building together present a pattern of a chessboard.
The Sound Of The Train Does Not Go Out
Due to its merits, Charbagh station is counted among the special stations of the country, one of them is that the sound of the train does not come out here. Yogesh tells that no matter how much noise the train comes on the platform, its sound does not come outside the station.
Gandhi-Nehru’s First Meeting Took Place Here
The country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had his first meeting with Bapu at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow. Mahatma Gandhi came to Lucknow for the first time on 26 December 1916. The occasion was the Congress session, during which he stayed in the city for five days.In the meeting of about 20 minutes, Panditji was greatly impressed by Bapu’s thoughts. Jawaharlal Nehru came with his father Moti Lal Nehru. Nehru ji has also mentioned this meeting in his autobiography. The place where Gandhi Nehru met is now a parking lot of the station. As a sign of this meeting, a stone has also been installed at that place.