Indian Man Spends Rs. 156 Million to Constructs Replica Taj Mahal and Mosque for His Beloved Mother:
Amrudeen Sheik Dawood, a 49-year-old individual from India, has constructed a replica of the Taj Mahal as a tribute to his late mother, Jailani Bibi. Using 100 tonnes of marble imported from Rajasthan and investing Rs. 156 Million, Dawood has created a mausoleum resembling the iconic Taj Mahal on a one-acre plot of land in Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu. Inspired by the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Dawood, who works as a rice merchant, aimed to honor his mother with a Mughal-style memorial.
The replicated structure stands at a height of 12 meters on a 1.2-meter platform, featuring four minarets reaching a height of 14 meters. The width of the mausoleum measures approximately 33 meters. Following Jailani Bibi’s sudden demise in 2020 due to a heart attack, Dawood made the decision to construct a memorial instead of opting for a traditional burial in a cemetery.
With the assistance of engineers and architects, he chose a design reminiscent of the renowned Taj Mahal located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Jailani Bibi, who became a widow at the age of 36, single-handedly raised her six children, including Dawood and her foster son Mohammed Abdul Khadar. She dedicated her life to raising her family and managing her late husband’s business without remarrying.
Dawood’s construction of the replica Taj Mahal serves as a heartfelt gesture to express his profound love and gratitude for his mother, symbolizing the immense sacrifices she made for their family.