Jhulta Minars in Ahmedabad
It is a mystery that has managed to intrigue several people over the hundreds of years of its existence. More popular as Jhulta Minaras, literally meaning the Shaking Minarets; Ahmedabad boasts of two sets of these architectural marvels. The first set of Jhulta Minaras are located in Sarangpur area, right opposite the Sarangpur Darwaja, while the other set is located very close to the Railway Station in the Kalupur area of the city.
Several architects, construction advisors and researchers have tried to decode and understand the cause of this vibration but have failed to get a satisfactory reasoning. The Sidi Bashir Mosque located in Sarangpur was constructed in the 15th Century by a minion of reigning king Sultan Ahmed Shah, Sidi Bashir.
This 1452 creation is a brilliant architectural piece standing three storeys tall and adorned with beautiful carved balconies and intricate detail work. Back in the day visitors were permitted to climb all the way up and get a feel of the monumental structure. The practice is now banned due to security and safety reasons, as well as to protect the structure from damage.
The second set of Shaking Minarets, that are located close to the main Railway Station are much taller in terms of height. The Minarets are open to viewing, but the demonstrations of the Minarets shaking have been completely stopped as these Minarets are highly unstable now and in a poor condition.
The Raj Bibi mosque in Ahmedabad was also said to have a functional set of shaking minarets. However, here too the British were said to have uprooted one of the minarets under the pretext of study the construction and the design. The pity being, they were unable to put the minaret back to its original position, making them lose their vibrations.
Important Information About Jhulta Minars:
Open: All seven days of the week
Timings: 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Entry Fee: Nil
Photography Charges: Nil