Monday, July 31, 2006

Link AGRA: India’s most famous architectural wonder - TAJ

The Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna, which otherwise serves as a wide moat defending the Great Red Fort of Agra, the center of the Mughal emperors until they moved their capital to Delhi in 1637.
It was built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in 1631 in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess.
The Taj rises on a high red sandstone base topped by a huge white marble terrace on which rests the famous dome flanked by four tapering minarets. Within the dome lies the jewel-inlaid cenotaph of the queen.
So exquisite is the workmanship that the Taj has been described as "having been designed by giants and finished by jewellers". The only asymmetrical object in the Taj is the casket of the emperor which was built beside the queen’s as an afterthought. The emperor was deposed by his son and imprisoned in the Great Red Fort for eight years but was buried in the Taj. During his imprisonment, he had a view of the Taj.
The dome is made of white marble, but the tomb is set against the plain across the river and it is this background that works its magic of colours that, through their reflection, change the view of the Taj.
The colours change at different hours of the day and during different seasons. Like a jewel, the Taj sparkles in moonlight when the semi-precious stones inlaid into the white marble on the main mausoleum catch the glow of the moon.
The Taj is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden when the moon shines.

photos courtesy: http://www.angelfire.com/in/myindia

Check this out- A true story of Tajmahal! http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_history/modern/taj_oak.html

For information on Agra: http://www.tajhub.com/

22 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Really taj ia very wonderful.Agra: Two great Mughal empror, Akbar and Shah Jahan, changed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal kingdom - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleries and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not amazing, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most noticeably.

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Amitabh said...

Taj Mahal is the wonders of wonders.
It has big glory on the bank of Yamana.
Only that refinary acroos the river is ruining the beauty and charm of Taj Mahal.
To attract more visitors, make near vicinity clean..clean....
The photos are are very good.

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