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Bibi Ka Maqbara

Bibi Ka Maqbara (, Hindi, Marathi: ) is a maqbara built by the Mughal Prince Azam Shah, in the late 17th century as a loving tribute to his mother, Rabia Durrani (the first wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb). The comparison to the Taj Mahal has resulted in a general ignorance of the monument. This monument is also called the Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan).



Emperor Azam Shah garbed in white is carried in a golden palanquin, the builder of the tomb The monument's name translates literally to 'Tomb of the Lady', but has earned the nickname 'poor man s Taj' because it was originally planned to rival the Taj Mahal (but was prevented from doing so due to budgetary constraints Aurangzeb gave Azam Shah Rs. 7,00,000 only for the construction, where Taj Mahal cost 32 million Rupees approximately).


It is situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The tomb in itself represents the transition from the ostentatious architecture of Akbar and Shah Jahan to the simple architecture of the later Mughals.


Interiors of Bibi Ka Maqbara

In the form of a hexagon and angles are ornamented with minarets.[1] Bibi-ka-maqbara was built in 1660 by Aurangzeb's son, Azam Shah, as a loving tribute to his mother, Dilras Bano Begam. In 1720, Nizam-ul-Mulk Asif Jah, a distinguished General of Aurangzeb with the intention of founding his own dynasty in the Deccan, arrived at Aurangabad and made it his capital. He paid a visit to Delhi in 1723, but returned in 1724. Nizam Ali Khan Asaf Jah II transferred his capital from Aurangabad to Hyderabad in 1763.[3]

The cost of construction

According to the "Tawarikh Namah" of Ghulam Mustafa, the cost of construction of the mausoleum was Rs. 6,68,203-7 Annas (Rupees Six Lakh, Sixty Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Three & Seven Annas) in 1651-1661 A.D.


Image:bibika.jpg|A closer view Image:Bibi ki Maqbara1.jpg|Sanctum Image:Bibi ki Maqbara2.jpg|Dome Image:Bibi ki Maqbara3.jpg|Scenic view from outskirts Image:BKM Board.jpg|Board at entrance of Bibi Ka Maqbara

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