Taj Mahal-like home catching people's fancy

An intricate replica of the historical Taj Mahal built in Madhya Pradeshs Burhanpur district
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An intricate replica of the historical Taj Mahal built in Madhya Pradesh's Burhanpur district

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An intricate replica of the historical Taj Mahal built in Madhya Pradesh's Burhanpur district has become a big hit among the people, specially the local artists, YouTubers and couples.

Bhopal: An intricate replica of the historical Taj Mahal built in Madhya Pradesh's Burhanpur district has become a big hit among the people, specially the local artists, YouTubers and couples.

Locals and people from surrounding districts visit not only to see the imitation of the monument of love but also for pre-wedding shoots.

Spread on a 90 square metres area, it is a residential building with four bedrooms. One third of the structure has been built in the line of the Taj Mahal. Though the replica is a gift for a wife as an expression of love, it was also built to add an historical value to Burhanpur. Anand Prakash Chouksey, who has constructed the building for his wife Manjusha Choukey, told IANS: "People always wondered why the Taj Mahal was not built in Burhanpur as Shah Jahana's wife Mumtaz had died in the city.

Also, people randomly ask what Burhanpur is famous for and being a teacher I decided to give a historical value to my district. This is the reason I decided to build my home as a replica of Taj Mahal in the name of my wife."

This building is not just a replica of Taj Mahal, but more interestingly it has some other connections with Agra. White Marble tiles used for its beautification are from Agra. More interestingly, carving (nakkashee) and its design have been done by people belonging to Agra. One of the two engineers who designed the entire structure is a Muslim a" Mustak Ali, said Chouksey.

Chouksey said he got inspired during his visit to the Taj Mahal. He, then studied its architecture closely and asked the engineers to take note of the structural details. The basic structure occupies 60 square metres. The dome is 29 feet high and consists of two bedrooms on two floors. The house also has a kitchen, a library and meditation room.

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