Places to visit in Agra – Gyarah Sidi
Isn’t that funny that there are more number of architectural remnants than functional members from which a huge amount of information about the astronomical events of the past are inferred? The world proudly talks about the dis-functional and disfigured observatories that are present in Europe but in case of India, there are large number of such remnants from which our past has been conserved and converted into the so called Royal-Heritage in modern days. This is one of the many places to visit in Agra.
Here comes another unnoticed series of staircase built by one of the Mughal Emperor that was used for taking astronomical readings.Babar’s eldest son Humayun ascended the Mughal throne. Humayun developed interest in astronomy and astrology since childhood and he constructed various architectural observatories. One amongst them being the “Gyarah Sidi” or literally “Eleven Steps” that refers to the steps overlooking the hemispherical cavities in the ground from which the readings were took. The Gyarah Sidi is carved out of a single block of stone. It is situated at the edge of River Yamuna providing a view of the Taj Mahal and the Fort.
Humanyun was not a successful ruler but he had the thirst for exploring the Universe. He built the Gyarah Sidi to observe the positioning of the heavenly bodies like the Sun, the Moon and the Planets so that he could understand their influences on the lives of the people at large scale. He had a deep faith in astrology and all his court proceedings were conducted with respect to the positioning of the planets and the various principles of astrology.
Gyarah Sidi is an unnoticed place but is one of it’s kind and might not found under the itinerary of the Package tours but could be easily be approached by booking a cab or private vehicle. Might be a remnant, but still has its own significance.