Bibi-ka-Maqbara - simple but elegant mausoleum, Aurangabad to get illuminated at night, according to ASI

Bibi ka Maqbara

Mogul ruler Aurangzeb, through treacherous in nature, was a good warrior and had spent much of his reign  in war expeditions, spending lots of money and adding more territories to his kingdom. Not interested in building big palaces and memorials, Aurangzeb had commissioned the small, but elegant, Pearl Mosque at Delhi. The other structure he commissioned in the later part of his life was Bibi-ka-Maqbara in memory of his  first beloved wife near Aurangabad,

Aurangabad city, MH location

Bibi ka Maqbara-The tomb in the 1880s Aurangabad,

Above image:  The mausoleum is at the centre of a huge enclosure measuring approximately 458 m. N-S X 275 m. E-W. Baradaris or pillared pavilions are at the centre of north, east and western part of the enclosure wall which is tall, crenellated with pointed recesses and bastiona  at regular interval (as one would find in forts) . The Mughal Char-Bagh pattern  and the symmetrical layout of the garden  enhance  the grandeur and beauty of the mausoleum which has limited embellishments................ 

Often called ''poor man's Taj''  or the double of Agra's Taj Mahal, it was commissioned in 1660 by Aurangzeb himself, but   completed  between 1668 and 1669 C.E  near Kham river by his son Azam Shah  in  memory of his  mother Dilras Banu Begum ( wife of Aurangzeb). posthumously she was  known as Rabia-ud-Daurani.

Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad, MH

Bibi ka Maqbara mausoleum, Aurangabad, MH

Bibi ka Maqbara marble dome, Aurangabad,

interior of dome.Bibi k Maqbara marble dome, 

Above images: The tomb of  Dilras Banu Begum, wife of Mogul king Aurangzeb, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.  Four minars, Chhatries and huge marble dome. Interior of the dome  is richly ornate with amazing patterns on the ceiling   and intricate carvings on the walls.The symmetrically placed  minars (towers) at each corner are 72 ft high and each of them has  a spiral stairway to reach  the top. (the towers are not open to the public now).  ................................

interior of dome.Bibi k Maqbara

In 1660 the work left behind by Aurangzeb, was completed by his son by prince Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb. Azam Shah was desirous of building a grand mausoleum that would rival his grandfather's Taj at Agra. Hardpressed for money, budgetary  constraints  and lack of workers with good expertise, he ended up building a humble structure, with miimu embellishments, a replica of Taj using quality white marbles transported from Rajasthan. Bibi Ka Maqbara, also known as ''Dakkhani Taj'' is  a simple expression of love for his wife by Mogul ruler Aurangzeb in the twilight of his perfidious and deceitful life. The Mausoleum showcases elegance and majesty of the Taj without any  pretensions  but with mellowed pomp and pride of Mogul dynasty.

Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad

Bibi ka Maqbara Aurangabad.

Above images: Interior of Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad: Interior with cusped arches made of marcle................

According to an  inscription  on the main entrance door of the mausoleum  the structure was designed and built by Ata-ullah, an architect and Hanspat Rai, an engineer respectively. Ata-ullah  happened to be the son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the principal designer of the Taj Mahal.

One of the popular destination for tourists, this tomb receives heavy footfalls of visitors from many places. According to the ASI decision had been taken in November 2022 , “The key mausoleum of Rabia-ud-Durrani, would  sport a new look in the new year,”   Among the few monuments that remain open till  10 pm every day efforts will be made to make the monument look   Hence, to make it look dazzling particularly at night.  resplendent at night. The ASI  is keen to  dec illuminate the structure and make it a memorable site in a newly improved ambiance.