Taj Mahal's Competetion is here? Agra Gets a New White Marvel

A newly completed white marble structure in Agra, which took over a century to build, is now drawing a substantial number of visitors. Many of these visitors often compare the iconic Taj Mahal with this recently constructed mausoleum of the Radha Soami sect's founder in Soami Bagh, located about 12 kilometers from the Taj Mahal. This pristine white marble edifice has become a popular attraction for tourists exploring Agra, leaving many in awe of its grandeur. It is being considered a worthy rival to the Taj Mahal, enhancing the architectural splendor of a city renowned for its Mughal-era monuments.

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Taj Mahal

Construction and Dedication

In contrast to the Taj Mahal, which was completed within 22 years by numerous skilled artisans and craftsmen under a medieval authoritarian regime during the 17th century, the construction of the Soami Bagh mausoleum extended over a century within an open society. Pramod Kumar, an ardent follower of the faith, noted that the mausoleum’s construction showcases the unwavering faith, fervor, and dedication of its creators, driven by their religious beliefs.

Resting on a foundation of 52 wells, the towering 193-foot structure is crafted entirely from white marble sourced from Makrana in Rajasthan, standing as one of India's most ambitious undertakings. Dedicated to the founder of the Radha Soami faith, Param Purush Pooran Dhani Swamiji Maharaj, the grand mausoleum is situated in the Soami Bagh colony in Agra's Dayalbagh area.

soami bagh mausoleum

Visitor Experience and Architectural Excellence

Every day, numerous tourists visit the mausoleum. While the entrance is free, photography is not permitted. Reports indicate some minor additions are yet to be made, with craftsmen still engaged in their work. Modern technology such as grinders, cutters, finishers, lorries, lifters, and computer technology have been employed to great effect, as noted by an official connected with the project. Despite this, the craftsmanship remains meticulous, with artisans continuing traditions passed down through generations.

The building's architectural design does not adhere strictly to any single style, blending various influences seamlessly. Though some sponsors of Soami Bagh deny any intention to rival the Taj Mahal, comparisons are inevitable due to its scale and beauty. The 31.4-foot gold-plated pinnacle, taller than that of the Taj Mahal, required years of effort and a crane from Delhi for installation. Challenges in sourcing high-quality marble and labor shortages due to skilled masons migrating to Gulf countries further complicated the construction. Nonetheless, spiritually inclined visitors find solace in Soami Bagh, prompting ongoing comparisons with the Taj Mahal.

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