A lovestruck and historically minded Indian husband has emulated the world's most famous display of marital devotion by building his wife a replica of the Taj Mahal.

The original 'Monument to Love' was constructed on the orders of heartbroken Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz, in the 17th century.

Anand Prakash Chouksey's beloved remains very much alive, and even helped consult on the project and his version of the marble wonder of the world, around one-third the size of the original.

"My wife's only demand was for a meditation room. She's a spiritual woman," the 52-year-old businessman said.

"She says the dome creates a different environment and there is a lot of positive energy."

The original Taj Mahal is in Agra south of Delhi, however the new replica is 800 kilometres (500 miles) away in Burhanpur.

Chouksey's said building his new home has taken him three years, a dozen less than the mausoleum that inspired it and cost 15 million rupees (€177,000) to build.

"We used marble from Makrana to build the house, which is the same that was used to build the Taj Mahal," he said. Chouksey plans to mount an Indian flag on top of the main dome and add symbols from India's most popular religions to the four minarets surrounding his new manor.

"We want to send a message of peace and religious harmony. There is a lot of hate around. Love solves all problems in life and Taj Mahal is a symbol of that."