Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad

The Bibi-Ka-Maqbara in Aurangabad is a beautiful mausoleum of Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. This was built by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother between 1651 and 1661 A.D. The mausoleum was built in style similar to the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra and hence it is rightly known as the "Taj of Deccan".

The mausoleum stands at the center of a huge enclosure. There is a beautiful garden in the Mughal style in front of the adding beauty and splendor through its symmetry and excellent garden layout.

The mausoleum is entered through a main entrance gate on its south, which has excellent designs in the ceiling. After passing through the entrance one will come across a small tank. After this the pathway that leads to the mausoleum has a series of fountains at its center.

The mausoleum is built on a high square platform which has four minarets at its corners and platform is approached by a
flight of steps.

The lower and upper part of the mausoleum is made up of pure marble , decorated with beautiful carvings, whereas the middle portion is of basaltic trap, covered with plaster, rendered with a marble finish and adorned with stucco work.


The mortal remains of queen is placed below the ground level surrounded by an octagonal marble screen. The octagonal gallery running around the interior enables imposing view of the grave below. There are interesting patterns in the ceiling and walls of the mausoleum.

In the morning we had visited Ellora caves. By the time we traveled back to this place, it was late in the evening after 7:00 p.m.

42 comments:

Sridharan said...

Superb Rajesh..

kavita said...

Magnificent structure.Great picturesand information.

Abhyudaya Shrivastava said...

Thanks for sharing! I have been to this Makbara. Found it to be a copy of Taj Mahal, a bad one

Abhinav said...

That's nice.

DeeBee L. said...

Great night shots that retain all the details of the building.

Lowell said...

Very interesting and very beautiful. But why the mausoleums? Is it a religious thing? I thought many eastern religions believe in reincarnation so why glorify the dead?

I'm not being funny or critical, just curious.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous - that ceiling is a work of art!

joo said...

It's another awesome place!

Zeba said...

Beautiful pictures.

Pat said...

This is an elegant and exquisite mausoleum. It must have taken a long time to build back in the 1600s...ten years?

Sujatha Sathya said...

the patterns on the ceiling is just so beautiful

Jim said...

Amazing architecture.
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Prem said...

great photos and thanks for sharing these.

sceneoftranquility said...

Wow!Another Taj Mahal.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Splendid pictures and lovely ornamentation on ceiling !

Gary said...

Fascinating post and place. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Al said...

Great night shots of an amazing place.

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos with fantastic light and color. I love all, delicious. Greetings.

George said...

Your night photos of this structure are amazing -- and beautiful. The interior is simply stunning.

Carver said...

Stunning shots of a magnificent place.

Kim, USA said...

Wow these is beautiful!


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Pietro said...

A fascinating place, Rajesh! Very nice photos, the ceiling is astonishing!

Viyoma said...

Aha..there it comes..from my favourite city, the place where i spent 17 Years of my life.

Ann said...

I like that pattern.

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eden said...

Wow, It's impressive. Beautiful photos.

Liza said...

Fantastic shots. Visiting late for Skywatch Friday.

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Joan said...

Thanks again for the great shots and history. Interesting!

Sylvia K said...

These are superb, Rajesh! Such an incredible place! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the history! Enjoy your weekend!

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Kelly said...

I'm so glad you provided a tour of this building for us - it is so beautiful, both inside and out!

I have a small replica which lights up that my aunt brought back from her travels there some 40 years ago.

Cassie said...

What an amazing tribute by Prince Azam Shah to his mother. Here we have a tombstone (marker) placed on top of a grave and say well done! I wonder how many people it took to build this, and if they were paid, or were slaves. I always am curious about such things, especially when the edifice is on such a grand scale. Thank you for taking us on your journeys throughout your country Raj!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The attention to detailed designing and crafting of this mausoleum is amazing! And it's huge! Clearly it has withstood the ravages of time well! Great post!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beautiful place! Just amazing. That second shot -- the ceiling -- is mesmerizing. I could just stare at that and go into a lovely trance-like place (and that's just a picture of part of it...I can only imagine the real thing). I really loved this post.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What an awe-inspiring structure!

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Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciation. When compared to Taj, this is a poor replica.

Jacob: In Islam dead are buried. In olden days, for royal family and saints they used to build such tombs.

LV said...

What grand architectural work on those buildings. So nice seeing all theses interesting places.

Jeevan said...

Marvelous!

Vishal Rathod said...

Nice Monument and good pictures. i missed this in my tour to Aurangabad due to lack of time.

Arumugam Easwar said...

Nice text and lovely pictures.

Fayaz Pasha said...

Its a beautiful monument.

TTT said...

wow ! Its a beautiful place and you have captured it perfectly ! awesome !

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this structure.