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Mountain of love

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Aizawl, Feb 26 (UNI) When love blossoms, even mountains melt into monuments.

It happened in Mizoram, when K Chhawnthuama converted Durtlong Hill Top into his wife's tomb as a memorial to his love, a veritible Taj Mahal of love.

It took the sweat and toil of a thousand hands to turn the ambitious project into reality and now 'K V Paradise' stands with hands outstretched to heaven.

The most skilled inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons were hired from all parts of the country, to construct this monument, which began in 2003 and took over three years to find shape.

Durtlang, overlooking the capital city, was a simple place to come to until tragedy visited K V Multipurpose School, when Rosangpuii Varte, the beloved mistress of the school and wife to K Chhawnthuama, died in a car accident on November 27, 2001.

''My wife was an enthused traveller. Two years prior to the tragedy, she suggested that we sould save money for travelling abroad. In two years we saved Rs 31 lakh. So I decided on building a memorial monument in her memory,'' K Chhawnthuama told UNI.

The two-storied monument is about 100 ft high and stands on a marble plinth that rests on granite platform.

''Whoever has a wife should love his wife. That's my principle and what I believe in. Yes, I really loved my wife, I dreamt of this monument for the past three years. People told me its majestic, beautiful and aesthetic, but to me the untold beauty of my late wife is unrivalled,'' Chhawnthuama said.

The 53-year old widower added, ''I wanted to be sure that I had given everything to her. In life I gave her my heart, my love and even after life, I wanted to give her the best.'' The lightings alone cost more than Rs 6 lakh. The granite and marble floorings came all the way from Rajasthan, not to talk of specially designed, tinted glass of 12 mm thick from Chennai and the fountain near the tomb was installed by experts from Kolkata.

The ground floor of the tomb which at present house the tomb of his late wife has 15 empty graves for other members of the family.

There is a museum on the first floor, which houses the clothes, shoes and other personal belongings of late Rosangpuii. The three crosses on the roof, according to K Chhawnthuama, were epitome of the Holy Trinity.

'K V Paradise' is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular monuments of Aizawl.

''Christian belief had it that departed souls before going to Heaven halted at 'Paradise' where they awaited the Judgement Day.

I want my wife's soul to rest in this Paradise I visualised,'' Chhawnthuama said.

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