Built in 102 Yrs, New Marble Mausoleum to Rival Taj Mahal in Agra

Agra: A new white marble mausoleum of the founder of the Radhasoami sect has been built in Agra to make visitors draw a comparison with the iconic Taj Mahal.

It took 102 years to build this Samadhi of the founder of the Radhasoami sect. This newly built mausoleum of the founder of the Radhasoami sect Param Purush Pooran Dhani Swamiji Maharaj is located in Soami Bagh, about 12 km away from the Taj Mahal. This 193-foot-tall structure is made up of white marble from Makrana in Rajasthan. Its mosaic stone is from Nowshera in Pakistan. Semi-precious stones for inlay work have been procured from riverbeds in central and southern India.

The entrance is free while the photography of the structure is not permitted.

The Soami Bagh mausoleum is located amidst a colony of the followers of the Radha Soami faith. This sect has millions of followers in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Karnataka as well as foreign countries.

The original samadhi was a simple white sandstone structure. The work on the new marble structure started in 1922, and the work continues till date.

However, the sponsors of Soami Bagh, refute any plans of rivalling the Taj.

The 31.4-foot gold-plated pinnacle of the mausoleum is taller than that of the Taj Mahal.

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