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Bibi Ki Maqbara was patterned on the Taj Mahal in Agra, and built by Azam Shah.

The tomb shrine was constructed as a memorial to his mother, Begum Rabia Durani. An inscription states that the maqbara was designed by the Persian architect, Ustad
Ata-ullah, and the construc-tion begun in 1678 CE, was completed at a cost of 665,283 rupees (approx-imately $14,155 at today’s exchange rate). 
Azam Shah succeeded his father Aurangzeb on the throne and was the only one of Aurangzeb’s four sons who was not exiled or imprisoned by his father. Azam Shah was the grand-son of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. 


Sign in Tomb


Detail carved in tomb
Dr. Cathy Benton directed a research group composed of 3 Lake Forest College students and Dr. Mark Nelson, an ethnomusicologist teaching at Wesleyan University. Our group was assisted by two University of Pune students, Nikhil Dixit and Kedar Kulkarni, and our driver, Nasir. 

Dr. Cathy Benton and
Dr. Mark Nelson


Research Group:
Prof Benton, Maryam, Tiffany,
Christa, Nikhil, Kedar and Nasir


Prof Benton, Tiffany, Christa,
Maryam, Dr Mark Nelson and Nasir
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