The Taj Mahal

India, Taj Mahal, Agra, Architecture

Taj is one of the very famous and beautiful buildings on Earth. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built Taj in memory of his third partner, Mumtaz Mahal. When Mumtaz Mahal died, she was only 39 years old. She had been the emperor’s beloved partner and also Shah Jahan’s trusted companion, traveling with him throughout the Mughal Empire.

Shah Jahan at the beginning known as Prince Khurram met Persian Princes’Arjumand Banu’ and fell deeply in love with her. After five years, in 1612, they got married. In 1628, Shah Jahan became king, and he gave her title’Mumtaj Mahal’ meaning’Jewel of Palace’.

On the death of Mumtaz, the Emperor was so heartbroken to the point he asked the court into mourning for two decades. Before she passed, she had her husband promise to construct something unique in her memory.

It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 personnel to make the monument, which is also reported to be the last wish of Mumtaz Mahal.

Constructed as the best expression of love, Taj remained a fascination for the majority of poets and lovers. Here are the traces, from an exceptionally lovely melody composed by Shakeel Badayuni in Hindi:

“Ek Shahanshah Ne Banavaa Ke Hasin Taj Mahal

Saarii Duniyaa Ko Muhabbat Kii Nishaanii Dii Hai”

(By developing the Taj, the Ruler has given the entire world a token of love)

Rabindranath Tagore described Taj as “a teardrop on the cheeks of time”.

It’s best described by the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, as”Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”

This is situated in Agra, after the capital of the Mughal Empire during 16th and early 18th century, Taj is the center of pilgrimage. Tourists from all around the world visit Agra to see Taj. It is actually 125 km from the south of New Delhi, the capital of India.

The truly tragic part of the love story is based on the last years of Shah Jahan. When he was 65, his kid Aurangzeb arrested him at Red Fort in Agra and turned to the successor to the throne. While he was in jail, he somehow managed to see Taj from the grill of prison. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains Taj brings you to observe the best beauty summarized in stones. A green carpet of backyard runs from the crucial gate to the base of the Taj Mahal. It’s founded on the Holy Kuran, a garden is symbolic of paradise.

Very interestingly, Taj noticeable change colors with changing daylight. It’s created to reflect the sky so that it is pinkish daily, milky white at night and golden by moonlight. As your day turns to night and the sun completes its moon and journey involves heal the entire world. You might even forget to breathe or blink, wondering it to be real or some illusion. Changing colors of Taj are considered to signify the changing moods of a lady. Inspired by the flawless beauty of Taj, I’d like to See Taj over and over again.

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