Taj Mahal…Love, Art and Culture personified…

It is an epitome of love, a sheer poetry of passion, an artistic brilliance representing the ardour of love and the agony of lovers departed by the death and then commingled by the same. It is THE TAJ MAHAL.

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Died in the fort of Asirgarh, the beloved wife of the fifth Mughal emperor- Mumtaj mahal was buried here years later.

Being a very non-romantic person, Taj was not on my “to-be-visited” list but being a student of history and a lover of beautiful monuments specially those representing the extravagant lifestyle of the Mughals; I had to visit the Taj. The architecture of the Taj is not only beautiful but also very unique and advance as compared to other structures of its era. On the entry from huge gate just before the Taj mahal, Taj looks as if it is floating in the sky and I thought I was the only one to experience that but going through many books regarding history, I got to know that it was the style adopted by its makers to make it look like that- floating in the sky as if it is a building that belongs neither to the earth nor to the sky. Turning around to see the interior part of the gate, I was glad to behold the incised work on the inner side of the red gate of sand stone and realized that it is something which cannot be ignored while entering the complex.

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The fountain with bubbles of water in a straight symmetry in the center with the pathways both the sides leading to the tomb is imperial in its own way. Beautiful flowers and lush resembling green velvet carpet with red and grey stones on the pathway makes the whole experience very rich.

But the magnificence of this most beautiful building of India is experienced when you reach the main complex outside the mausoleum of Mumtaj Mahal-people coming from the huge main gate known as darwaza-i-rauza of sandstone with white marble, dome of Taj touching the sky, minarets on four sides of the main building, mosque on one side of the tomb and the building made for the pilgrims to rest-who would come to visit the mausoleum-on the other side….everything looks stupendous and spectacular.

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But this is not enough; every inch of this structure tells the story of eternal love and every corner shows the beauty which doesn’t only have the random doodling and designing but has a meaning. The Persian verses in calligraphy on the marble walls around the entry door with black marbles inlaid are taken from the holy book of Quran.

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The design of marble jali lattice and reflective tiles in and around the sarcophagus is ethereal.

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Plant motifs here caught my special attention. They are designed as if are unfurling or swinging with the blow of wind. Flowers carved in the marble makes it clear that Shah Jahan wanted to make Taj mahal a replica of paradise on earth.

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The intricate work is praiseworthy. The details of pietra dura jali inlay and intricate pierce work is spellbinding.

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Filial on the top of the main dome also believed to be the tamga(stamp or seal) of the Mughal Empire which looks majestically grand and imperial in look must have made Taj look like a paradise in the sixteenth century with Koh-I-Noor atop of it.

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In short, from the filial at the top in the form oftamga to the stones on the floor, every nook and cranny of the Taj is remarkably beautiful. Taj is not just a paragon of love but it is the love personified itself in the form of this beautiful white tomb. It is an epitome of exceptionally astounding prowess of the architect and the workers involved in making it as well as of their aesthetic sense.

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All that I can say after visiting the Taj Mahal is that the archetypal beauty of Taj does not only compel us to praise it because it has a tragic quintessential love saga being told to us since centuries but also the effort and efficiency of the workers who left no stone unturned to make this monument of love the way it is and did their utmost in all the ways possible to fulfill the megalomania of a Mughal emperor. It is not only a love story which has made Taj a monument of love but also the other way round; it is this structure which has made the love of an emperor eternal and immortal and THAT probably is the reason why Taj Mahal is and SHOULD be visited by one and all- to experience an ethereal love story, to feel that two lovers and not an emperor and an empress are resting in peace here, to know how vulnerable we all are in front of love and death, to see how love can probably look if manifested in a form, to see the grandeur of the Mughal architects and workers and of course…..to feel the love in the air here…so pack your bags and get ready…to live the experience yourself and to feel the love.

Pictures courtesy- All the pictures were clicked by me and some are originally posted on my Facebook page Shekhar’s photography-www.facebook.com/Shekharsphotography001/

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. Nadia says:

    What a beautiful post. I would correct one thing, though. You say the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful building in India. I believe it is the most beautiful building in the world.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Haha okay I agree Nadia 😊😊😊 and thanks a lot for appreciating the post.😊

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  2. Innervoice says:

    Beautiful pictures!!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thanks a lot dear 😊

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      1. Innervoice says:

        You are most welcome!

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  3. Aishwarya says:

    Wonderful post! I share your interest in Mughal history. My mother majored in history and wrote her thesis on the Mughals and I get my interest from her.
    When I had not visited the Taj, somebody told me “you have to visit the Taj to know what Mughals are all about!” And I can’t agree more.
    Agar Mughalon ki shaan se mulaqat honi ho toh Taj me hoti hai! (I hope you understand Hindi) cheers!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      First of all thanks a lot Aishwarya. Nice to hear about your mother’s as well as your experience. Thanks for sharing it. I’m a big time mughal fanatic. I love everything about them. Personally I think agra fort tells more about how they lived actually. It’s stupendous. Extremely mesmerising. You may see my post about agra fort with pictures as well. And Han ji mujhe Hindi ati hai. Cheers 😉😊😊😊

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      1. Aishwarya says:

        Agra fort is also grand, yes! I have been there too. Mughals knew what grandeur meant! I am a huge fan of their architecture as well 🙂

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      2. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        Nice to see someone as interested as I’m in Mughal or Indian history. 😊

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  4. Rajiv says:

    I have seen the Taj over 50 times…. Every time I go there it takes my breath away

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      I felt the same when I visited. It’s colossal.

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  5. Amazing place with so much History and astonishing ancient culture! Beautiful pictures too!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      You’re right about history and culture mate. 😊 thanks for appreciating my photography. I’m glad you liked it.

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  6. ladyfi says:

    So gorgeous!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked my writing and photography.😊😊😊

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thanks a lot. 😊

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  7. It wasn’t on my list either! It took my third visit to India before I experienced the Taj. Am I glad I finally made it! Thanks for the reminder of what an unparalleled beauty this building was and still is.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      You’re welcome.😊 Well then all I can say is that Taj never disappoints anyone. 😊😊😊

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  8. Stunningly beautiful. Thanks for the photos – some perspectives I haven’t seen before 🙂

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      It’s my pleasure that you liked my photography. 😊

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  9. nice2beme says:

    One of the places I want to visit. Nice images.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thanks a lot for appreciating my photography. You’re more than welcome here. Do visit Taj. 😊😊😊

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  10. Since I will never be able to visit it in person, your photos have captured so much of the beauty. I thank you for sharing.

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      I hope you would come here and see it in person dear😊 it’s my pleasure that you liked it 😊😊

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  11. maureenrose7 says:

    Your pictures and your post are both excellent. I think if I were to stand in front of such a place I would cry. The photos are breathtaking I cant imagine what it must feel like in person. This was very interesting to read and so well written on your part to keep my attention. im glad of that! 🙂

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Pleasure is all mine that I can show the magnificent beauty of this monument 😊😊😊 it feels great to be there. I hope you’d visit it someday in person. 😊

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      1. maureenrose7 says:

        Oh what a dream that would be! Thank you for saying so! 🙂

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      2. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        Hope it’ll come true😊 you’re welcome

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      3. maureenrose7 says:

        Thank you! Im just now getting the chance to read fully your book review on To kill a mocking bird. Your writing has me! Those characters are like old friends to me and just the way you depict them and the book its just perfect! 🙂

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      4. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        Wow! I’m really touched. I’m glad. It’ll be my pleasure if you enjoy all my writings.😊

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      5. maureenrose7 says:

        Your blog is definitely a place I can see myself spending time! haha! 🙂 Im glad for it! 🙂

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      6. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        Haha that would be my pleasure dear. You’re welcome on my blog as well as my country 😊😁

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      7. maureenrose7 says:

        Lovely! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      8. Shekhar Srivastava says:

        😊👍

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  12. What a lovely post along with mesmerizing photographs 👏👏

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thanks a lot 😊😊😊 means a lot 😊😊

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  13. Seenorway says:

    I’ve seen Taj Mahal on dozens of pictures through decades, but always it’s the same picture: The waterbasin leadin up to the magnificent building itself. Nobody has ever taken the trouble to go into details like you have done here! Thank you!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      I’m so delighted that you liked what I wanted everyone to see. I’m more than happy. Means a lot😊😊😊

      Like

  14. I would like to visit India someday and see the majestic Taj Mahal. I read a lot about Taj Mahal and I really have a great desire to visit this place. Nice post!

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thanks 😊

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  15. FarmerFi says:

    I hope I can visit here one day. Thanks for this great description and beautiful photos 😊

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      You surely will dear😊 It is my pleasure that you liked it. God bless you 😊

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  16. Ollaa says:

    ohhh wow…loving ur blog:)

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    1. Shekhar Srivastava says:

      Thank you so much dear. I’m glad you like it😊

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