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Famous Monuments in India Built by Women!

Written By: Siji Ram

The artist is as important as the art that gets created. India has in-numerous monuments that are known for their intricate carvings, architectural relevance and the historical significance of those times.

Did you know that women too were architects of some of these stunning Indian monuments? Let us take a look at some of the wonderful works of architecture in India that were built by women.

humayuns tomb

Photo Courtesy: Shyamly Puhan

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb in Delhi is one of the famous monuments in India built by women. This magnificent mausoleum for Humayun was built by Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun's wife. It is one of the oldest structures that was built using a blend of Persian and Indian styles of architecture, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. This is also where Hamida was buried after her death.

virupaksha temple

Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

Virupaksha Temple

The famous Virupaksha Temple is located at Pattadakal in Karnataka and was built by Queen Lokamahadevi in 740 AD to commemorate the victory of her husband King Vikramaditya II over the Pallava rulers. The monument was also known as Lokeshwara and Lokapaleswara. It is also the largest temple built in Pattadakal in 8th century.

rani ki vav

Photo Courtesy: Bernard Gagnon

Rani ki Vav

Rani ki Vav is one of the beautiful step-wells built in India. Located at Patan in Gujarat, this step-well was built built by Udayamati for her husband King Bhimdev I in 1063. Located on the banks of river Saraswati, the step-well was later covered in silt from the river, yet the carvings were found to be in best conditions when it was later excavated by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). This monument was added to the list of UNESCO sites in 2014.

lal darwaza

Photo Courtesy: Joseph David

Lal Darwaza Masjid

Located in Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh, Lal Darwaza Masjid was built in 1447 by Queen Rajye Bibi dedicating to Maulana Sayyid Ali Dawood Kutubbudin, a celebrated saint of those times. The mosque gets its name from the Queen's palace that stood adjacent to the mosque. Lal Darwaza Masjid was built as a private mosque for the Queen. Shahi Bridge and Shahi Qila are among other attractions of Jaunpur.

When India celebrates the architectural wonders of men, here are some not-to-miss monuments built by women. Take a trip to see these monumental marvels!

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