Bibi Ka Maqbara, mini Taj Mahal • Maharashtra, India

Discover in just over 4 minutes the fascinating history of Bibi Ka Maqbara, nicknamed the 'mini Taj Mahal', nestled in the heart of India, in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This elegantly made video unveils the secrets of a mausoleum which, though lesser known, shares a story of love and devotion similar to that of the famous Taj Mahal. The captivating history of this monument is accompanied by an in-depth explanatory text, thus enriching your understanding of this architectural work. So if you are looking to broaden your horizons and experience a new side of Indian history and culture, don't miss this opportunity. Broaden your perspective, enrich your knowledge, immerse yourself in the 'mini Taj Mahal'.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip India - Kumbh Mela 2016 in Ujjain • Madhya Pradesh • Maharashtra • Goa (EN)

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Bibi ka Maqbara

In the vicinity of Aurangabad, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, there is a mausoleum that has obvious family resemblances with the Taj Mahal of Agra.

In reality there is nothing surprising, given the family bond between the sovereigns at the origin of these two monuments.

Shah Jahan and the Taj Mahal

The construction of the Taj Mahal was ordered by Shah Jahan, powerful Mughal emperor, inconsolable after the death in childbirth of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631 giving birth to her 14th child. She was 37 years old ...

Shah Jahan was a great soldier, but above all a great builder and art lover. This did not prevent it from slaughtering all its competitors ...


One of the sons of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal was Aurangzeb, who gave his name to the locality of Aurangabad. Aurangzeb inherited from his father the propensity to slaughter all his competitors and the military qualities. Shah Jahan's artistic and constructive streak was not part of Aurangzeb's genetic heritage. The same thirst for power animated the two men, and Aurangzeb moreover imprisoned his father in the fort of Agra to steal the throne from him on the pretext of his inability to reign after an illness from which he was however completely recovered.

A common thread between the two men was the grief felt at the death of their wife. Some sources report that after the death of his favorite wife, Rabia-ud-Daurani, Aurangzeb had Bibi ka Maqbara built in the surroundings of Aurangabad on the model of the Taj Mahal, but then in a "low cost" version, by scavenging on the quality of the materials and probably not hiring the best architects of the time. Many historians see in the construction of this building the beginning of the decline of the Mughal emperors, comparing the artistic quality of the Taj Mahal with that of Bibi ka Maqbara.

Other sources claim that it was Aurangzeb and Rabia-ud-Daurani's son, Azam Shah, who had the monument built. This controversy does not detract from the difference between the Taj Mahal and what some call "the poor man's Taj Mahal" or even the "mini Taj Mahal" of Aurangabad ...


Spoken comments in the film: 

This is not the Taj Mahal, although the resemblance is undeniable. Sometimes called Mini Taj-Mahal or Taj Mahal of the poor, Bibi Ka Maqbara is a mausoleum built around 1668 by Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb in memory of his mother Rabia-ud-Daurani. 

Bibi Ka Maqbara means "Tomb of the Lady".



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Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad, Maharashtra • India

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about the place, Aurangabad:

Aurangabad is a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra, located in the west-central part of the country. The city has a rich cultural and historical heritage, with many monuments and landmarks dating back to the Mughal and Maratha empires. One of the most famous attractions in Aurangabad is the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features ancient rock-cut temples and sculptures. The city is also known for its vibrant arts scene, with a thriving theater, music, and dance culture.


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