Indian teacher builds £ 195,000 Taj Mahal replica as symbol of love for his wife

Indian teacher builds £ 195,000 Taj Mahal replica as symbol of love for his wife

An Indian teacher built a $ 260,000 (£ 195,000) replica model of the Taj Mahal for his wife as a symbol of his love.

Anand Prakash Chouksey, 52, from Burhanpur in the western Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, built the marble replica for his 27-year-old wife, Manjushah.

The scaled-down version, which took three years to build, is a third the size of the original and includes a meditation room for his wife and four bedrooms over 8,000 square feet.

Anand Prakash Chouksey spent three years building the Taj Mahal replica

“She’s happy with me in all situations, with ups and downs. She always supports me regardless of my donation. She had only one request with this house: she wanted a good meditation room inside the house. So I told the engineers to put special emphasis on the meditation room, ”said Mr. Chouksey.

His son Kabir added that they had to rebuild some of the arches three to four times to make sure the building was perfectly to scale.

The replica at Burhanpur is located 500 miles from the original Taj Mahal, in the city of Agra, south of Delhi.

The replica is one third the size of the original monument

The family visited the Taj Mahal in Agra and used images from the internet to get the exact measurements of the romantic monument on a reduced scale.

The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz, who died in childbirth.

The building is considered one of the greatest architectural achievements of Indo-Islamic architecture and is visited by nearly seven million tourists a year, according to official data.

The reduced Taj Mahal is open to visitors, like its counterpart, but only during school hours.


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