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Bihar villager builds ‘Taj Mahal’ in memory of his wife spending Rs 3.5 million

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PATNA: A man from eastern Indian state of Bihar has built Taj Mahal in memory of his wife, taking a cue from legendry Mughal emperor Shah Jahan-Mumtaz Mahal love story.

The new ‘Taj Mahal’ being described as the “love story” of a common man towards his wife has been built in Bhagalpur town, some 230 km east of Patna.

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Although it’s not so grand and majestic as compared to the Agra’s Taj Mahal which took 22 years to complete yet it remains a talk of town with hundreds of villagers making beeline to have glimpse of common man’s “monument of love”.

“This gives me a lot of satisfaction after watching the illuminated grave and the local villagers turning up in numbers to have a glimpse of it,” says Dr Nazir Alam, a sexagenarian homeopathic doctor, who built it in memory of his wife.

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Dr Alam spent all his hard-earned money to the tune of Rs 35 lakh (Rs 3.5 million) to build his “monument of love”.

The idea about depicting their love story through bricks and stones came to his mind while returning from Hajj with his wife Husna Bano some four years back.

They decided to make a grave before their home of anyone of the two who dies first. Sadly, his wife died first and Dr Alam fulfilled his commitment.

The little grave fitted with granite stones, marbles, glasses and magnificent sculpting turns alive with attractive lighting arrangements once the curtain of darkness falls.

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