Madhya Pradesh: Husband builds Taj Mahal-like home to wife

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Image source, Anand Prakash Chouksey

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The location resembling the Taj Mahal was built implicit 3 years

A 52-year-old businessman successful India has built a scaled-down replica of the iconic Taj Mahal arsenic a location for his woman of 27 years.

Anand Prakash Chouksey has built his "monument of love" - a four-bedroom location resembling the achromatic marble architectural marvel - successful the metropolis of Burhanpur successful the cardinal Indian authorities of Madhya Pradesh.

"It was a acquisition for my woman but besides for the municipality and its people," Mr Chouksey told the BBC.

Nestled heavy wrong Mr Chouksey's sprawling spot - immoderate 40-50 acres of land, including a infirmary - the location has been attracting a dependable watercourse of visitors.

People locomotion successful the lawns and click pictures, helium said. "A batch of radical person besides started to bash their pre-wedding shoots here," Mr Chouksey added.

"I don't halt them due to the fact that successful our town, we are a close-knit assemblage wherever everyone knows everyone. So, my location is unfastened for all."

Mr Chouksey said that not each visitors are allowed wrong the location due to the fact that "after all, it is our location and we unrecorded there".

But sometimes, the household indulges its guests who travel and marvel astatine the house's lush interiors - the intricate angiosperm motifs that decorate the marble walls and floors, and its overarching lattice windows.

The location consists of 2 main bedrooms that are located connected 2 abstracted floors. It besides has a room and a meditation room. The drafting country flaunts marble columns, a curving staircase and a gilded ceiling.

Image source, Anand Prakash Chouksey

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Anand Prakash Chouksey built the location for his wife, Manjusha

Although the Taj Mahal was the eventual inspiration, Mr Chouksey said the interiors are not strictly Islamic successful plan but are infused with modern influences, which is evident from the prime of sofas and the curtains.

Building the replica of the celebrated monument took 3 years and a flurry of visits to the metropolis of Agra, wherever the Taj s located, truthful Mr Chouksey and his woman could survey assorted aspects of the mausoleum.

"We besides utilized a batch of 3D images of the Taj Mahal connected the net to physique our own," Mr Chouksey added. The thought was to physique thing similar, truthful the engineers reduced the size to 1 3rd of the existent monument.

Mr Chouksey is not the archetypal 1 to beryllium inspired by the quality of Taj Mahal.

For years, radical person been attracted to the timeless 17th Century mausoleum and the emotion communicative down it - a grief-stricken Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, built the monument successful representation of his queen Mumtaz who died during the commencement of their 14th child.

Image source, Anand Prakash Chouksey

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The 4 chamber location is located successful a tiny metropolis successful cardinal India

In 2013, a retired authorities authoritative successful the northbound Indian authorities of Uttar Pradesh had besides built a replica of the Taj Mahal successful representation of his wife.

But Mr Chouksey says his location is not dedicated to his woman alone.

"Today, determination is simply a batch of hatred successful our country. People are being divided successful the sanction of religion and caste," helium said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP authorities has been wide accused of polarising India on spiritual lines, and fostering intolerance. Even the Taj Mahal has been caught successful the crosshairs - successful 2017, a BJP lawmaker called the monument a "blot connected Indian culture" built by "traitors". Mr Chouksey said helium wanted to "spread love" successful specified distressing times.

"And this location for maine is simply a awesome of that emotion - 1 which goes beyond our societal differences and the governmental noise."

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A antheral successful bluish India is gathering a replica of the Taj Mahal arsenic a "monument of love" to his woman who passed distant astir 2 years ago

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