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Hiran Minar, Fatehpur Sikri

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  • I don't usually leave negative reviews but I felt compelled to do so in this case. This was pretty disappointing, I had the misfortune of visiting Hiran minar yesterday. This place is not maintained.....  more
    I don't usually leave negative reviews but I felt compelled to do so in this case. This was pretty disappointing, I had the misfortune of visiting Hiran minar yesterday. This place is not maintained.....  more »
  • An unusual tower this one. At the bottom it is octagonal and then it becomes circular and has what look like thorns all the way up. It is big in size so stands out for miles. What it is supposed to.....  more
    An unusual tower this one. At the bottom it is octagonal and then it becomes circular and has what look like thorns all the way up. It is big in size so stands out for miles. What it is supposed to.....  more »
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  • It's a memorial building which is designed with the help of horns of animal which are died in the wars of mughal
  • It's said that "Hiran Minar" is memorial or a grave of Mughal Emperor Akbar's favriout elephant whose name was ,"Hiran" means "deer". And this is the place, where he used to punish the criminals. But a short trip and a little analysis of this place ctreats doubt about the local guides and historians theories about the utility of this structure. Point 1. Hiran Minar is remotely located structure from palace of Fatehpur Sikri it's a 1km walk from Jhodha Bai's Palace and 1.5 Km from main courtyard, why Emperor coming 1.5 km away from his courtyard while punishment could be served only there. Point 2. If you see the back side of structure you will find a well which is joined to the base of the Minar by a small cannel. And if you pour out the water from well and drop into the adjoining cannel the water will directly go inside the Base of the structure. So why flrushing water inside the structure the answer is in front where you find a fish shape water outlet, definitely this structure was a water dispesing unit. Point 3. This will support point 2 as this structure is situated in front of "Hanthi Pol" and "Carvan Sarai", "Hanthi Pol" is said to be main entrance gate for the army and "Carvan Sarai" was a square shaped building with several quarters and a open area in the middle where visitors, merchants and piligrims used to stay, so it's an important point from where thousands of humans were passing every day and a fresh water dispensing unit is one of the most important thing which was required there. Point 4. If you will search Jyoti Stambh on Google you will find several images of structures just like "Hiran Minar" these structures are towers which contains thousands of lamps and are an important part of Hindu temples in ancient time. These structures are used to guide direction to pilgrims in night. Point 5. as earlier mentioned in point 3 that is was a very important place where thousands of people reaching everyday thus a Jyoti Stambh or a light emitting unit is required here to guide direction towards this place in night. Point 6. it could be a coincidence that a tower containing thousands of burning lamps in the night definitely looks like a golden tower in night from far and "hiranya" is a synonym of golden in Hind. So it's could be "Hiran Minar" or "Hiranya Minar" or "Hiranya Stambh"

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