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The White Marble Diaries: About the Taj Mahal, Makrana Marble, and More

White Marble has seen its beauty evolve into beautiful structures since ages now. From the seven wonders of the world, to the elite hotels, to homes, marble is one of the most widely used material in any construction, which not only strengthens the building, but also makes it all the more beautiful.

The Taj Mahal of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, which is a major tourist attraction for India all over the world, is made up of white Marble. The detailed encryptions on the walls is an example of its plush and thoughtful  architecture. It is made from Makrana marble, which is World’s most renowned marble. Its compared with the shades of milk, and adds an aura to the place where it is used.

Makrana Marble is named after the place it is mined from, which a part of the Nagaur district of Rajasthan. Makrana earned its fame ages back, and because of its already earned fame, the architectures of the Taj decided to keep this marble as the building material of the building.

With various mining ranges, Makrana is a world in itself for the white marble. The various mining ranges include Doongri, Devi, Ulodi, Gulaabi, Saabwali, Matabhar Kumari, Neharkhan, Chuck Dhoongri etc. Pahar Kuan range is the supposed mining range from where the marble for The Taj Mahal was chosen.

Giving a brief about the other mining ranges, Doongri, devi, Saabwali, Ulodi, Chosira and Neharkhan are famous for white marble. There is another very famous marble extracted from the ranges of Ulodi, which is the Albeto Marble. These mines produce white-brown belt beautiful marble.

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Makrana Marble Used in Victoria Memorial (Kolkata)

Gulabi, the name means “pink” in Hindi. And the marble is named so for the two shades it stands for pink plain and pink Adanga marble whereas almost all mines produce Adanga marbles with brown and grey shades. There are around 800 factories for marble cutting and processing. They uses Gang-saw Machines to cut the blocks of the mined marble into slabs which are further processed and chunked down into desired shapes and sizes.

Some of the world famous monuments, like White House, USA, Westminster Abbey – London, Victoria memorial (Kolkata), St Pauls Cathedral – London, Jain Temple Mysore, Ambedkar Park Lucknow, Birla Temple of Jaipur, Jain Temple of Dilwara, Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, Empire State Building, Manhattan, New York City, USA etc. have used Makrana Marble to add charisma to their architecture.

The best of the marble could be purchased from top brands of the miners and traders of  Udaipur, Rajsamand, Nathdwara, Kishangarh, and other mining regions of Rajasthan, India.

 

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