Bibi Ka Maqbara: The Marble Dome of Aurangabad!
Do you realize that India has not one but preferably two Taj Mahals? There is a landmark indistinguishable from the Taj that remains in Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is a catacomb called Bibi Ka Maqbara (“Tomb of the Lady”) worked by Prince Azam Shah, the child of the 6th Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, somewhere in the range of 1651 and 1661 AD, in the memory of his mom, Dilras Banu Begum.
Why is Bibi Ka Maqbara Popular:
Bibi Ka Maqbara draws its motivation from the acclaimed Taj Mahal of Agra worked by none other Prince Azam Shah’s granddad, Mughal head Shah Jahan, in memory of his better half Mumtaz Mahal. Azam Shah expected to construct a landmark that would equal the Taj Mahal.
Tragically, he did not have the treasury his granddad approached, just as the talented work the treasury purchased, bringing about an imperfect duplicate of the last mentioned. All things being equal, Bibi Ka Maqbara is a building wonder with multifaceted plans, cut themes, a monumental structure and delightfully finished Mughal-style gardens. Because of its substantial similarity to the Taj Mahal, it is affectionately called the “Taj of the Deccan”.
The tomb remains at the focal point of an open nook estimating around 458 m by 275 m, with pivotal lakes, wellsprings and water channels, many characterized by stone screens and fixed with wide pathways. The nursery is encased by high crenellated dividers with posts set at interims, and open structures on three sides. The sepulchre is based on an elevated square stage with four minarets at its corners, precisely like the Taj Mahal, and drew nearer by a trip of steps from three sides. The primary onion vault of the Maqbara is, be that as it may, littler than the arch of the Taj and its minarets are shorter.
Seen without anyone else, Bibi Ka Maqbara is a great bit of work, yet it could not hope to compare to its popular forbearer. While the landmark in Agra is entirely made out of pure white marble, the catacomb in Aurangabad is encased with quartz just up to the dado level. Over this, it is secured with a fine mortar cleaned to give a marble-like completion.
Only the onion vault was worked with marble. The dividers of the Maqbara are additionally somewhat shadowy. On the other hand, which gives the sepulchre a more blunt appearance contrasted with the Taj. As indicated by records, Bibi Ka Maqbara cost Alam Shah 700,000 Rupees to manufacture. In correlation, the Taj Mahal was worked at the expense of roughly 32 million rupees around then.
This is presumably another motivation behind why Bibi Ka Maqbara is frequently alluded to as the “poor man’s Taj”.
Bibi Ka Maqbara’s small status is a result of Aurangzeb’s absence of enthusiasm for design. At first, Aurangzeb was not for building a landmark as sumptuous as the Taj, and he forestalled its development by obstructing the progress of marble from Rajasthan and different pieces of the Mughal realm.
However, his child Alam Shah was resolved to have a landmark to his mom that may compete with the Taj. By one way or another, Alam Shah influenced his dad, who in the long run yielded.
Legends connected with Bibi Ka Maqbara:
Legend says that in 1803 AD, Nizam Sikander Jahan was so enthralled by the Maqbara that when Aurangabad and the Marathwada zone were added to his realm, he intended to move the Maqbara to his capital, Hyderabad. He even arranged the disassembling of the structure, chunk by piece.
Nevertheless, some way or another, he had a feeling of some fiasco which may occur for him were he to hurt the current structure. He halted the work and as an atonement got a mosque manufactured, which despite everything stands toward the west of the principal structure.