TRAVEL : Taj Mahal, a teardrop on eternity’s cheek!

Taj Mahal in sunset light, Agra, India


The Taj Mahal is a world-famous monument in Agra. Every year, travelers, more than twice the population of Agra, visit the city to see the Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan created the most spectacular monument to commemorate his love for his beloved bride, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is called a teardrop on eternity’s cheek by a famous poet.

The Taj Mahal’s origins and conception are like something out of a fairytale. If it weren’t for the fact that it was true, it would be a best-selling fictional romance novel.

Shahjehan with MumTaz Mahal (Image – GONEWS)

Prince Kurram (eventually Shah Jahan) married and named his mother’s niece Mumtaz Mahal. They had been married for 19 years, and she accompanied him everywhere, even on military trips, even with her pregnancies. Her charms, elegance, love and kindness, and desire to help widows and orphans were praised by both the royals and the locals. She was one of the king’s most top allies. She died in a tent in the arms of her beloved husband while on a military trip while giving birth to a healthy baby girl. She was laid to rest closer to the tent. Shah Jahan, on the other hand, was unable to put an end to her death. She was then taken and returned to Agra in a royal ceremony, where she was interred in the Taj Mahal’s original location. Shah Jahan was still without a solution. As a result, he swore to construct the most extraordinary mausoleum of all time around her cemetery, one that could never be matched by any other architecture, just as his wife was incomparable to any other living being. “This will not only narrate the tale of love, but will also accuse all those who will keep their foot in this Pak region, and the moon-stars will stand witness to it,” Shahjahan declared when he first saw the Taj Mahal.

There was a notion that Shahjahan had cut the hands of the labor after the Taj Mahal was built. However, if history is to be believed, those workers were involved in constructing several buildings after the Taj Mahal. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was a member of the crew that built the Taj Mahal, and he was also in charge of the construction of the Red Fort.

This structure’s primary expression is real love. This construction has become known as the “Bible of Love.” Many lovers, newlyweds, and couples come to this monument to appreciate its expression. The most significant time to visit the Taj Mahal is at night. Tourists can visit the Taj Mahal monument for five nights per lunar calendar. The night of the full moon, two nights before and following the full moon. This is a season of extraordinary splendor because Taj Mahal is at the peak of its beauty in this season.

The Taj Mahal monument is brickwork and covered in white Rajasthani Makrana marbles. The Mosque and the Guest House are two more prominent features of the Taj monument. Both of these buildings are made of bricks coated with red sandstone. The most notable feature is that they are identical, making them symmetrical in design and architecture. As a result, pleasing color contrast is created. Fatehpur Sikri provided the red sandstone.

Taj Mahal in sunrise light, Agra, India

This creation size also reflects the Mughal Empire’s might and strength at the time. During Shah Jahan’s reign, he erected a monument of this magnitude without causing any disruption in the power circle or facing any financial difficulties.

The most incredible feature is its complex design. They used rare and semi-precious stones from far-flung locations to achieve it. Shah Jahan, it appears, was well-versed in the subject of valuable stones. Rare and semi-precious stones are used extensively in the floral designs covering the Taj Mahal’s walls. The traditional Pietra Dura form of mosaic work was used to precisely embed these into the marble. This ornamental art form employing semi-precious stones is known as Parchin Kari.

This ancient art form has been handed down through the generations. In Agra, artisans create beautiful rock art on a smaller scale as souvenirs. On Core 77, a travel blogger made this exceptional trip and has beautifully described this delicate method with stunning photos. Twenty-eight different precious stones were used in the Taj Mahal’s artwork, which was brought from China, Tibet, and Sri Lanka. These unconscious stones were seized by the British during the British era. These unconscious-precious stones were thought to have the capacity to shine anyone’s eyes.

Many myths surround a drop of water dropping from the tomb ceiling, one of which is that when Shahjahan announced the end of all workers’ hands so that they could not create such a beautiful structure, the workers did not have the Taj Mahal. Despite completing everything, there was a gap in which Shah Jahan’s lovely wish could not be realized.

After the Second World War, the Indo-Pak War of 1971, and 9/11, the ASI added four more bamboos to the Taj Mahal’s security cover. It covered it with a green sheet, which prevented the Taj Mahal’s opponents from seeing it and avoiding any damage.

The Taj Mahal has been featured in various Indian and Hollywood films. The Taj Mahal’s splendor enhances every shot so much that you can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be there. Seeing your favorite celebrities dance or stroll around the Taj Mahal adds richness.The Taj Mahal is one of the most visited magnificent structures globally in a single day. Every day, 12,000 travelers from all around the world visit Agra to view this.

A tour to India would be incomplete without visiting the Taj Mahal. And this isn’t an exaggerated remark. The Taj Mahal’s beauty has prompted Dubai to construct a larger duplicate. This majestic structure, known as a symbol of love, has turned visitors green with envy for centuries. In short, whether you are a native of this country or a visitor from another country, visiting Agra and seeing the Taj Mahal at least once in your life is a must.

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