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Bangladesh -- New Taj Mahal

Updated on December 15, 2008

new Taj at Sonargaon- Bangladesh

 From old to young, from children to parents, there is no one who does not know about the Taj Mahal at Agra. The majestic building in Agra was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for the love of his wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Since then, it has become a darling of tourists. Indian tourist industry reaps a lot from the Taj. A foreigner who comes to India definitely goes to see the majestic Taj.

Three centuries have passed since the Taj was built. The construction of the building "of and for love"  took around 11 years to complete (1632-1643). No one has ever tried to imitate the historic structure, because it is hard to do so. However, Bangladesh is so impressed with the icon of Mughal magnificence that it is constructing its own Taj. The brain behind the Bangladesh Taj says that it is difficult for the poor Bangladeshis to visit India, so he wants to create a replica of the Taj in his country itself. Yet, the building being built in Bangladesh is just another building. Here I must say that I am not trying to look down upon Bangladesh. I am just giving my views, because I feel that there can be no equivalent of the Taj Mahal. Agra's Taj Mahal is a magnificient work of Persian and Mughal architecture, drapped in complete marble, erected on stone, with the unique calligraphy adding to its beauty.

The symbol of love and white color, the color of purity, drapes the entire building. The building also houses its mentor and his mistress. Yes, the tombs of Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal house the lower chamber of the building.

It is next to impossible to imitate Taj Mahal. I respect the Bangladeshi mind-set and respect for Taj. It has been five years since construction of the Bangladesh Taj started. The building is still under construction. Marble and diamonds have been imported from Italy and Belgium. The building is the brainchild of Bangladeshi filmmaker Ahsanullah Moni. It has already cost him $58 million, hoping that his Taj, near Dhaka, will also attract foreigners, in return becoming another mode of income. He said he wanted to dedicate his Taj to the martyrs -- Mukti Bahini -- of the Liberation War , 1971. All those who won freedom for the country from the clutches of Pakistan.

 

The building is still under construction and it has started attarcting criticism. The first to cirticise is India. India says that no one has the right to copy a building of historical importance.

Let us see what is in store for the new Taj at Sonargaon, Bangladesh.

 

 

 

Taj Mahal -- Bangladesh
Taj Mahal -- Bangladesh
Taj Mahal -- Agra, India
Taj Mahal -- Agra, India

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      Sohel, Sonargaon 3 years ago

      great initiative..........it adds new wing to the history and heritage of Sonargaon.

      Sohel.....

      University of Dhaka

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      Rukhsar shaikh 5 years ago

      it is good i proud to Bangladesh atleast they tried only The Taj Mahal not anything else.......

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      Arvind Garg 5 years ago

      very good try to copy.but nobody and any technic made it.i cannot sat about lord shiva.but other cannot make it.

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      Azad 5 years ago

      It's nothing like the real taj mahal.

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      Hira 5 years ago

      It's really a good steps to meet the demand of the poor peoples of bangladesh without going to visit TAJ MAHAL IN INDIA.I really appreciated for his work.Kabir, Bhandaria, Pirojpur

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      Md. Enamul kabir 5 years ago

      It's really a good steps to meet the demand of the poor peoples of bangladesh without going to visit TAJ MAHAL IN INDIA.I really appreciated for his work.Kabir, Bhandaria, Pirojpur

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      moh.salauddin sabuz 6 years ago

      It's really a unique steps to meet the demand of the poor people without going to visit TAJ MAHAL IN INDIA.i REALLY APPRECIATE FOR THE GR8 WORK.THANK MR. RAJMONI. I REQUEST TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WEALTHY TO COME FORWARD TO CONSTRUCT SOMETHING FOR THE POOR PEOPLE OF BANGLADESH.(SABUZ,GONGAPUR SONARGAON NARAYANGONJ.BD 0001840482748

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      moh.salauddin sabuz 6 years ago

      It's really a unique steps to meet the demand of the poor people without going to visit TAJ MAHAL IN INDIA.i REALLY APPRECIATE FOR THE GR8 WORK.THANK MR. RAJMONI. I REQUEST TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WEALTHY TO COME FORWARD TO CONSTRUCT SOMETHING FOR THE POOR PEOPLE OF BANGLADESH.(SABUZ,GONGAPUR SONARGAON NARAYANGONJ.BD 0001840482748

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      faisal 6 years ago

      itz zerooooo by zeroo

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      james oneal 6 years ago

      but other than the correct construction dates of the real taj, i agree with most this is in very bad taste, money making ploy, a violation of a holy and magical place, just like donald trump cashing in on the name, money that all that most of these people want, i have never been to india but have had much contact with several good friends and thanks to the internet, i can still enjoy seeing the place and eventually will go there, for the experience of the real not the wanna be's

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      james oneal 6 years ago

      got news flash for some people have been righting book about taj mahal last 4 years and it did "NOT" take 11 years to finish, it took 22 years, 1631 - 1648 17 years for taj itself and 5 more years from the rest of the buildings and gardens

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      bulti 6 years ago

      good.but amra aro anno kicho dekte chi.jeta kono kichur copy noy

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      me 6 years ago

      If the maker was that bothered about the poor having something good in life, he should have made them houses and given them clothes and food. God would have recognised that more and so would the poor. Business making men make me sick...

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      BDWatchdog 6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Original Taj will remain with her own pride. May be Mr. Moni has personal feeling for Taj.

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      gurudas datta 6 years ago

      it is not fair to copy exiting agra tajmahal.i am waiting for new idea such as memorial of liberation war of bangladesh etc.

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      katha 6 years ago

      i like it.but it is not

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      Carlos 7 years ago

      I will just ad a comparison photo of the two structures, they're worlds apart.

      http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7595/tajmahalsi...

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      Carlos 7 years ago

      That building doesn't really look much like the Taj Mahal, so Indians can sleep well - nobody has copied Taj Mahal yet, it's more like the scale replicas of things in Las Vegas. It's ok to build a building if you want, but I think there are more pressing problems that the builder of this building could have solved with his $58 million. Obviously that wasn't his intent.

      Can't people see that the building is way smaller, and has garish pastel colour additions? Not to mention the extremely fat towers, which ruins the Proportionality of the structure - which is perfect in the real thing.

      This building is simply not "a Taj Mahal".

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      kam  7 years ago

      we should be greatful we have taj mahal has anyone been insaid

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      Sagar 7 years ago

      Now we Bangladesh has to build GREAT WALL , PYRAMID, and othre 7 WONDERS

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      ISHTIAQ NASIM 8 years ago

      I CONGRATULATAE A VISIONARY ANISUDULLAH MONI , THE BRAIN

      TO GIVE BANGLADESHI PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AN

      IMPORTANT TOURIST ATTRACTION WHO COULD NOT GO TO INDIA TO

      SEE THE REAL TAJ MAHAL . OTHERS LIKE MONI WITH WEALTH SHOULD

      COME FORWARD TO ESTABLISHING CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL , TOP UNIVERSITIES , STATE -OF-THE ART MOSQUES , ORPHANAGES & MADRASAS , AND ALSO DIEBETIC , HEART & MENTAL HOSPITAL'S.

      WEALTHY PEOPLE SHOULD INVEST ON INFRASRTUCTURE OF THE COUNTRY -- SUCH AS BUILDING HIHGWAYS AND BRIDGES AND EASE

      THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION BY DECENCTRALIZING HEADQUARTERS TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY OTHER THAN HAVING EVERYTHING

      IN THE STATE'S CAPITAL --DHAKA . WEALTHY PEOPLE SHOULD COME

      UP WITH IDEAS TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT . BRAVO TO MONI --

      WHO CARES ABOUT INDIA . WE SHOULD FEEL FREE TO DO ANYTHING

      THAT WE THINK RIGHT FOR OUR BANGLADESHI PEOPLE . ( FROM - USA ) -- ISHTIAQ .

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      shahan anhar 8 years ago

      it is really nice

      keppp it up

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      zeba 8 years ago

      great job.

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      so sad 8 years ago

      why do you want to spend so much to copy a building. Why dont the money be spend to the poor...

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      Mohideen Basha 8 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      hi, i think this tajmahal is smaller in size than original taj.

      sukkran