Aurangabad city: The name evoking memories of a splendid heritage!
This city was founded as a viceregal capital in the deccan by the Moghul emperor Aurangazeb. The fort wall surrounding the city is a poignant reminder of its ancient history. Though the splendour of the 16th and 17th centuries found its finest expressions in the royal monuments of Delhi and Agra, there is enough in Aurangabad to reward the curious visitor.
BiBi Ka Maqbara!
From persia came the idea of an arched alcove surmounted by a swelling dome, developing its own individual character in India - seen at its height of perfection in the Taj. Bibi Ka Maqbara, the tomb of Begum Rabia Durani, wife of the Emperor Auranagazeb, is a pleasing example of the same idea. It was built by her son in tribute to his beloved mother. The Bibi Ka Maqbara Festival organised by Maharashtra Festival Organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is held every October, at Aurangabad.
An intriguing water mill dating back to the 17th century. Ingenious engineers channelled and brought down water from a sping on a hill some distance away to generate energy to turn the large grinding stones which served as a flour mill in times gone by.
Hidden in the hills just outside of the sity are a cluster of caves probably excavated in the early sixth century. There are tantric influences evident in the iconography and architectural designs of the caves. some of the chaitya halls here are constructed on a mandala plan for the circumambulation of the Buddha who is depicted here seated on an intricately carved throne.
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