Not Taj Mahal, but Taj of Deccan

Indrani Ghose

Bangalore, India

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No, it is not the Taj Mahal, it is the Taj of Deccan. Popularly known as Bibi ka Maqbara meaning Tomb of the Lady is the mausoleum of Aurangazeb’s fourth wife, Rabia-ul Durrani. It was Prince Azam Shah who got the tomb built in memory of his mother.

This mausoleum was designed and erected by Ata-Ulla, an architect and Hanspati Rai an engineer. It took 10 years to complete the work from 1651 to 1661AD. It was modeled on the Taj Mahal at Agra, Uttar Pradesh. There is the central tomb with four minarets at four corners of the raised square platform. The pathway is beautiful; there are the fountains, pools and tall trees on both sides. It is not completely made of marble like the Taj Mahal,only the lower portions are of marble.

This monument is one of the best Mughal buildings at Deccan i.e. South India.

It is located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.

Shot was taken in Dec 2007.

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