Bibi Ka Maqbara - Taj of the Deccan, Aurangabad, Maharastra

Bibi Ka Maqbara is a maqbara located in Aurangabad, Maharastra, India. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the late 17th ... more 
Bibi Ka Maqbara - Taj of the Deccan, Aurangabad, Maharastra

Bibi Ka Maqbara is a maqbara located in Aurangabad, Maharastra, India. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the late 17th century in the memory of his first wife, Dilras Banu Begum (also known as Rabia-ud-Daurani). It bears a striking resemblance to the famous Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of his mother, Mumtaz Mahal. Aurangzeb was not much interested in architecture, though he had built the small, but elegant Pearl Mosque in Delhi. Bibi Ka Maqbara was the largest structure that he had to his credit. The comparison to the Taj Mahal has often obscured its very own considerable charm. The monument is also called the Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan). Bibi Ka Maqbara is the principal monument of Aurangabad and its historic city. An inscription found on the main entrance door mentions that this mausoleum was designed and erected by Ata-ullah, an architect, and Hanspat Rai, an engineer, respectively. Ata-ullah was the son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the principal designer of the Taj Mahal. Bibi ka Maqbara is believed to be built between 1651 and 1661 CE. According to the "Tawarikh Namah" of Ghulam Mustafa, the cost of construction of the mausoleum was Rs. 6,68,203-7 (Rupees Six Lakh, Sixty Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Three & Seven Annas).

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