Visiting the Magnificent Taj Mahal
Historically linked with romance, the Taj Mahal is a magnificent work of art and architecture. It has also been listed as one of world’s seven wonders because of its uniqueness and splendour. It stands on the banks of the river Yamuna in the city of Agra in India, as proof of the genius of the workers who have created this monumental wonder.Seeing the Taj Mahal on a full moon night in all its glory is a sight few people ever forget in their lifetime. Yet on a moonless night it stands out in quiet anticipation waiting for the lovers to get reunited, perhaps. The romance of this monument does not come from the love shared between Shah Jahan and his begum Mumtaaz. It comes from the years that Shah Jahan had to spend alone gazing out at the Taj Mahal with nothing but memories of his favourite wife. This monument is perfectly synonymous to love and is said to be a great spot to visit for all lovers. Needless to say that lovers from all over the world come visiting in the hope of being able to experience this eternal quality of love in their relationship too.
The Taj Mahal is almost astonishing in its architectural perfection. While the style is absolutely Mughal, there are hints of Persian architecture. The “Charbag” or the garden divided into four parts is a direct proof of this influence. It was built following a near perfect bilateral symmetry using both red sandstone and white marbles.
The predominant white marbles have been given an eternal magnificence by the use of intricately detailed craftsmanship and mesmerising calligraphy. The interior of this mausoleum is built in such a way that each and every sound made within it has a reverberating time of 28secs. This lingering echo tends to give a feel of awe-inspiring wonder making one experience the mystical magic of the Taj Mahal right from within their souls.
Thinking back one wonders at the efficiency and superb expertise of the artists, artisans and craftsmen employed to give shape to this mammoth dream. It makes people feel proud of the advances that India had achieved in the fields of science and technology during the Mughal period. Even with limited resources they were able to create a personification of beauty, as seen nowhere else in the world. Today, it still stands tall, against a backdrop of the city of Agra, as proof that true romance never dies.
It took about 22 years to complete the construction of this monument. Yet more than three and a half centuries later, it is as potent, as powerfully captivating and as hypnotising as it was before. It is indeed fascinating to watch the play of colours on the Taj Mahal as the day progresses. While the glory of the pearly white marbles is prominently visible during the new moon, the sunrise causes it to turn an unbelievable pink. The hue changes to a milky white around mid-day and the sunset bathes it in golden light. But on a full moon night the reflecting rays of the moon give it a peacock blue sheen.