He built a mausoleum for his beloved wife. It became her resting place when Death visited her in her chambers. The Taj Mahal became her resting place for eternity, built in the love of his King.
Southeast Asia homes magnificent sites. One if this site, The Taj Mahal, is located in India. Every year tourist comes to India with one destination in mind– to visit Taj Mahal. It stands the test of time, bearing witness to years of development of India. The magnificent edifice stretches through a vast land beside the banks of a river in Agra. The edifice, in all its glory, unveils a story of romance, magic, and intrigue. Every
Whispers of the Taj Mahal speak of a King’s devotion to a wife. Though Taj Mahal means Crown Palace or The Place of Crown, some sources would attribute the name to Mumtaz Mahal, the formal court name of Arjumand Banu Begum, the wife of Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan. Thus, Taj Mahal stands as an acknowledgment of " The First Lady of the Palace".
Scholars have claimed Taj Mahal was built by the 5th generation Emperor Shah Jahan constructed as far back as 1631-53 AD. About 20,000 men labored to construct the magnificent edifice adorned with decorations and calligraphies in the inside. A period of 22 years was offered in the construction marbled edifice boasting itself with complex design elements both for tomb and outlying buildings. T
The major designs featured decorative crowning elements of the Taj Mahal Dome, depiction of lotus flower which were clearly sculpted on top of the domes, presence of onion dome that dominated the massive outer dome of the tomb, cylindrical base of the onion dome, flush of decorative spire connected to the edge of supporting walls, Guldasta, Chatri and arches are gravely prominent, and stylized writings of verses from the Qu’ran that framed the main arches.
The 7 story edifice spreads itself wide to the heavens. The integral frame of the structure is made of red stone with the top floors surfaced with marble. Taj Mahal stands a height of 23 ½ feet with the marble platform has a floor area of 328 ft x 187 ft. It is a reflection of the designs by Hindu, Ottoman and earlier Mughal architecture, a proof of India’s diverse beliefs. The general designed was inspired by Mughal built edifices as well as Yimurid buildings. During the reign of Shah Jahan, the Mughal building and architectural perspective reached its peak.
From the outside, one is awed by a great courtyard covering an area of 430 ft x 1000 ft. The complex is set in and around a large formal Mughal garden that has been divided into four parts displaying a garden of parterres, raised pathways, avenues of trees, fountains, water courses, and fools reflecting incessantly the Taj Mahal.
During the Mughal period, texts would describe a paradise as an ideal garden sufficiently abundant. It is believed that long before, the garden homed a variety of vegetation that include flowers and fruit bearing trees. However, as the the Mughal Empire declined the garden was neglected facing a landscape shift when the British took over India.
To date, it continues to stand amongst modernity. The Taj Mahalis an ambitious edifice standing proud in the midst of Angara. As the day ends, it brags of its magnificence as it stares at its reflection on the rippling water enchanted in its beauty. It is an epitome of brilliant architectural creation and a record of the past; as well as a story of a man’s devotion to a wife-Mahal.