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Agra’s new marble marvel rivals the Taj Mahal

Agra's new marble marvel rivals the Taj Mahal

In Agra, the newly built Soami Bagh Samadh, also known as Radha Swami Samadh, is drawing comparisons with the iconic Taj Mahal.

This white marble mausoleum is located just 12 kilometres from the Taj. It has become a popular attraction for spiritually inclined tourists.

Built in memory of the Radhasoami faith’s founder, Param Purush Pooran Dhani Swamiji Maharaj, the Soami Bagh Samadh took 104 years to complete. 

Its construction began in 1904 and was overseen by an architect from Allahabad. 

The design blends various styles, with no particular adherence to one, though it is essentially oriental.

A key feature is its 31.4-foot gold-plated pinnacle, taller than the Taj Mahal’s. The marble for the structure came primarily from Jodhpur and Makrana in Rajasthan. 

The construction faced challenges, including marble procurement and labour shortages, which extended the timeline.

Despite these challenges, the project persisted. The samadh now includes intricately carved pillars and inlaid stone designs. 

A peaceful garden surrounds the mausoleum, providing a serene space for meditation. The site also houses a ‘Bhajan Ghar,‘ where Soamiji Maharaj practised his spiritual rituals.

Visitors can explore the Soami Bagh Samadh daily from 6 AM to 6 PM. Entry is free. 

The best time to visit is during winter or the monsoon season, given Agra’s scorching summers. 

The mausoleum is located at Poiya Ghat Rd, Soamibagh, Dayal Bagh, Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

Reaching the samadh is convenient, with several transport options. 

It is about 9.4 km from Agra railway station. And also 9 km from the nearest bus station. 

From New Delhi’s IGI airport, a four-hour drive via Yamuna Expressway brings visitors to Agra.

While the Taj Mahal remains Agra’s primary attraction, the Soami Bagh Samadh offers a fascinating alternative. 

It stands as a structural marvel and a spiritual haven, captivating both tourists and devotees alike.

Image Credit: VibrantVivek, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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