|Bibi-ka-Maqbara, .Aurangabad, India.wkipedia.org|
|Jali in marble,Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad, an.advisor.travel|
|Taj Mahal built by Shajahan, Agra India. dailymail.co.uk|
|Tajl look alike-Bibi ka Maqbara,Aurangabad, www.stockpicturesforeveryone.com|
Tomb of the Lady"(maqbara) - mausoleum, is located in Aurangzeb city, Maharashtra of western India. On a visit to this mausoleum one will be struck by the stunning architecture that bears very close similarity with the Taj Mahal built by Shajahan at Agra, but for its size. It is more or less a replica of The Taj. Making comparison between these two historical monuments is not good and it is akin to asking a strange question like, ''Which eye is more useful,right or left?'' Any way, Bibi Ka Maqbara, the largest structure ever built by Aurangzeb is unique in its way and it brings out the beauty and charm of the Mogul architecture in simplicity. Marbles for this structure were brought from mines near Jaipur, Rajasthan. Huge heavy load bearing wooden carts drawn by six pairs of bulls were used to bring the stone to the site.
|Bibi ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad,.Tomb of Dilras Banu Begum. flickr.com|
|Latticed marble window. Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad,hoparoundindia.com|
Marble screens around the tomb of Dilras Banu Bagum, stucco decorations, fountains , the honey-comb windows, the beautiful central dome over the tomb and the pillared pavilion are worthy of mention. This structure is a fitting tributes to the great, talented artisans and skilled workers of yore.
Because of its close resemblance to the Taj, it is frequently referred to as ''Dakkhani Taj'' or ''Taj of the Deccan.'' A picture of the Taj Mahal is included here along with Bibi ka Maqbara and you will note that the former is grandeur in style and the latter is grandeur in simplicity - something like same bewitching beauty with make-up on one hand and without make up on the other hand. This unique structure is not an imitation at all, but simply an inspirational reflection and elegance of the Taj without affectation and pomp.
"World Heritage Sites - Bibi-Ka-Maqbara". Retrieved 28 January 2013.