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Taj Mahal vs. New White Marble Monument in Agra



In Agra, a stunning new white marble monument has become a magnet for tourists, drawing comparisons to the iconic Taj Mahal. Unlike the Taj, which took 22 years to build under a medieval autocratic regime, this new marvel, the tomb of the Radhasoami order's founder in Soami Bagh, took 104 years to fabricate, reflecting the enduring faith, passion, and dedication of its creators.



Standing tall at 193 feet, supported by 52 wells, and crafted entirely from white marble sourced from Rajasthan, this monument is one of India's most ambitious projects. Dedicated to the leader of the Radha Soami faith, Param Purush Pooran Dhani Swamiji Maharaj, it has become a pilgrimage site for devotees and a marvel for visitors from all corners of the globe.




While comparisons to the Taj Mahal are inevitable, the architects and supporters of the Soami Bagh tomb maintain that it stands on its own, blending various architectural styles harmoniously. Despite challenges in construction, including sourcing quality marble and labor shortages, the monument stands as a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance.



Though some argue against comparing it to any other structure, visitors continue to wonder if the Taj Mahal has met its match in Agra. Whether it's for its architectural splendor or its spiritual significance, the Soami Bagh tomb is leaving an indelible mark on the city's landscape and the hearts of those who visit.




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