We were not here as tourists but on a visit to my grandfathers’ paternal home, to pay our respects to bade Nana (grandfather’s elder brother) and family. However, Agra is incomplete without touring the mystical, magical and magnificent white marble mausoleum, The Taj Mahal. And we squeezed out some in the early sunrise hours to view the enigmatic Taj!!
Sir Edwin Arnold, the English poet has rightly descried Taj Mahal as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones”.
Here's a tour through my lens...
As we enter (From L to R: Hubby, Pa, Sis, Ma)
The Great gate (Darwaza-i rauza)—gateway to the Taj Mahal
Incised painting in the main gateway
Calligraphy on the main gateway
Taj Mahal as seen from one of the gates
|Motifs on the main gate|
I found this quite interesting...a kind of balcony on the tower. Taj Mahal and its
entire surroundings have been so intelligently designed is proved from the fact that
these minarets were built slightly offside the plaform so that in the event of any collapse,
they would fall away from the tomb
|On the west of the Taj Mahal is the mosque. Built entirely in red sandstone, its structure and design is identical to the Taj Mahal. Here you can see the painting on the entrance of the mosque...Beautiful isn't it?|
|Marble design below the main dome|
Lil birdie too is looking for its mate :)
|The topmost ornament on the dome quite fascinated me as it seems a malgamation of Persian as well as Hindu elements. Do you also see some inspiration in the style from Lord Shiva?|