Taj Mahal is globally recognized as a symbol of true love. But it’s also a symbol of labor, finesse, and architectural brilliance. In every way, the wondrous structure demands complete attention from every visitor. The truly remarkable marble work with intricate detailing and inscriptions is the aesthetic mainstay of the Taj Mahal. In addition to this, the scenic location on the banks of Yamuna River, is further beautified by the garden and the receding and at times advancing sunshine.
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No doubt the Taj Mahal inspired structures all over the world. But even here in India, there are four structures which resemble the Taj Mahal. We take a look at these four marvels which came close to Taj Mahal, in appearance and perhaps in spirit as well.
Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh
Junagadh’s replica of Taj is a blend of various architectural styles. It is located on a busy MG Road and draws inspiration from Islamic, European, and Hindu styles of architecture. It is the tomb of Mahabat Khan II who was a nawab of Junagadh.
Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad
After pulverizing his father’s dream for a black Taj Mahal, Aurangzeb commissioned what they call ‘the poor man’s Taj Mahal’ in the city of Aurangabad. The structure is like a cheaper version of the original and was built using white marble laced with semi-precious stones. It incorporates the garden and long water fountain lanes from the original Taj.
The Red Taj, Agra
Yes the city is a proud owner of two Taj Mahals. But this one is a tomb of a Dutch trader John William Hessing and was built by his wife. JW Hessing is not a popular name in India. This is mainly because not many people know about his heroics while he was with the Maratha forces and later died defending Agra Fort from the British. The structure is lacks the lavish marblework found in the original Taj but carries a moving tale which makes it worth a visit.
Mizo Taj, Aizawl
When K Chhawnthuama lost his wife, he decided to immortalize her. Thus came the monument KV Paradise. It is actually a church and carries very little or no resemblance to the original Taj. But the legend behind Taj Mahal is more than a reason for the locals to call Chhawnthuama’s KV Paradise, Mizo Taj. The church is quite lavish though. It consists of a fountain ordered from Kolkata, stained-glass windows from Chennai, and granite and marble flooring all the way from Rajasthan.
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