A retiree’s way of stating his eternal love:
Bulandshahr Taj made by Faizul Hasan Quadri, a retired postmaster from Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh State. However, his recent dedication to his wife has won him international media attention.
The retired grand old man made a replica of Taj Mahal from his personal savings, as a dedication for his deceased wife. His marriage was arranged one but the love was eternal.
A septuagenarian man, Quadri invested in this idea as a dedication of love for his wife Tajammuli Begum.
The Taj Mahal:
In days like today, when love is just subjective experience, stories like this couple helps bring confidence in love.
The Bulandshahr taj Mahal is mere ordinary in comparison to the actual Taj Mahal yet the idea is same. A dedication to the love of the life changed the fate for both the men. An all consuming love and passion and an idea to make their love immortal.
The time span between the two monuments be more than four centuries yet both display the fact that love is same across countries and continents.
Curious visitors and media throng this new monument just like its muse. The monument is rightly called as the “Bulandshahr Taj”.
And just like the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s white-marble monument attracts thousands of visitors, a steady stream of curious visitors from nearby villages be coming to see Mr Qadri’s Taj take shape.
A childless couple, Quadri and Tajammuli often contemplated their existence once dead. So like Shah Jahan, Quadri promised to dedicate a mausoleum to his soulmate if she was to leave for heavenly abode preceding him.
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Love yet lost:
The love story has its own share of dramatic loss. Tajammuli Begum was lost to cancer.
- Married at young age of 14, Tajammuli Begum was three years younger yet a soft-spoken lady.
- For 2 years short of six decades of wedded bliss, the couple were strength to each other.
The Bulandshahr Taj Mahal:
The dome of the Bulandshahr Taj Mahal is perfect like the original. The exterior finishing is yet to be completed.
Obviously time and funds are a big paucity for this old man yet all offers to help him have been politely declined. Old man Quadri rues that people forget the essence of his dedication to his wife.
A self-righteous man, Quadri refuses to build Bulandshahr Taj Mahal with help from “donations”.
He asserts that his creation is not for a saint or worship but a token of respect for his deceased wife.
Undoubtedly the process is taking time in its completion due to this reason. Yet fruit of love cannot be justified by a matter of few coins.
For construction, Quadri has sold a piece of farm along with his wife’s trinkets. The Bulandshahr Taj is consuming the life savings of the man on account of the increasing cost of construction. Till date, the cost of the Bulandshahr Taj is 15 grand dollars. Considering the spiralling cost of the project, the project is expected to take in another 10 grands.
Place of two graves:
Taking a leaf out of the original Taj Mahal plan, Quadri has left place for his grave just next to his Tajammuli Begum. Such a love should not be left wanting by the onslaught of death. He asserts that by this, both of them will be together in their afterlife as well.
The Bulandshahr Taj takes ample time out of the planner’s life. Going traditional, Quadri rejected the modernised designs of architectural firms. Thus, construction commenced with help of existing images of the Taj Mahal. The size however was toned down to suit the budget of the planner. The idea is to build a replica of the Taj Mahal but not the exact copy.
Keeping this ideology in mind, the exterior of the Bulandshahr Taj will lack the semi-precious stone fortified incarnate designs and inlays.
Thus, it won’t be wrong to call his creation “Aam Aadmi ka Taj” or Common man’s Taj. This Taj is further of one room and that a small one. Thus, it is a taj Mahal just from exterior but not interior.
While others call this idea crazy, Quadri himself refutes the claims and highlights instead, the publicity garnered by this method.
Kaser kalan mini taj:
Faizal hasan qadri resides 50 km from the city of Bulandshahr in UP, in village Kaser Kalan. His lady love died of throat cancer in 2011. This is when actual turn of events set into motion. Selling away his farming land and belongings, his idea of building a Taj Mahal equivalent. It was his agricultural land that today houses the grave of Tajammuli Begum.
Like the original edifice, the mini Taj embodies the love of a couple. It is this place where he wishes to settle himself after death. His grave lies next to his beloved lady. His brother Mehzul Quadri is to perform his last rites in the manner prescribed.
In times like these, it is highly difficult to find out a soulmate or true love. In era where every love story ends at divorce, this increases the faith in love. read our tips to sustain happy marriage, here.
Big question: Do you believe that materialistic dedications like these sustain the faith in love? Or is love past these rituals?
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