Monday, May 29, 2017

The Taj Mahal- Heaven ON Earth

L-O-V-E. These four words have the power to change the world. It is because of love that we as a civilization, have developed so much. Love is like a fuel which drives the human beings to achieve stupendous fleets of success and contentment. Such an example is of Shah Jahan, who was driven by love for his wife Mumtaz so much, that he went on to build a testament of love. A testament that would prevail for centuries to come. A testament that would enkindle many generations to come, ensuring them that in the end it is the love that matters the most, because it was the love of Shah Jahan that he is still being remembered till now. The Taj Mahal is not a word, it is an emotion in itself.
The Taj mahal is the resting place for Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. The construction of this magnificent structure was commenced in 1632 and it took 22 years, 20,000 workers and a thousand elephants to complete this pieceof beauty. The entire complex of Taj Mahal is meaningful. When you visit Taj Mahal, you would witness a scene which you would not be able to forget for many years to come. As you take your steps to enter the complex through the gateway, the Taj Mahal appears to get smaller and smaller and as you walk away it appears to get bigger and bigger. This was a great achievement of architectural optical design during that period of time. The Taj Mahal lies at the banks of river Yamuna, which gives it a more majestic look.
The tomb is surrounded by a marble dome which is 35m high which geometrically is equal to the length of the base. The dome is the center of attraction, the reason being the cylindrical drum it sits on, which is 7m high. At the top of the dome, a finial is placed which is topped by a moon and whose horns points upwards signifying it is pointing towards heaven.
The tomb is framed by four minarets, each minaret being 40m high. At the top of each minaret, is a balcony crowned by a 'chattri' which basically means an umbrella or canopy. The chattri's of all the minarets have the same decorations mounted on them, that is, a lotus design topped by gilded finial's. The most amazing feature of the minarets is that they are inclined away from the structure of the tomb, so that in case of an earthquake if the minarets collapse they fall away from the tomb. Another engineering accomplishment, executed to perfection.
The complex of Taj Mahal will put any meticulous person in awe. Every little detail in the complex is in complete symmetry. The best example being of the 'Charbagh Garden', that is, the garden of Taj Mahal. The garden bequeaths a certain ambience to the complex. It creates a picturesque scene, which will leave the viewer astounded. The garden starts from the gateway itself, which runs up to the tomb. Fountains and channels of water are also placed, which are just like icing on a cake. The main channel of water reflects the image of the Taj Mahal, hence giving it a magnificent look. The garden is divided into four parts, and each part is further subdivided into four parts, hence giving it a certain kind of charm.
The Taj Mahal from the inside is no less than a masterpiece. The walls are decorated by Pietra Dura, which was a form of art, that was really popular during those times. Precious gems and stones were carved into the walls with utter intricacy along with flowers carved on to the marble walls. The designs, the sophistication and the level of geometrical symmetry is the one of the best example of the Indo-Persian architecture.
But the most amazing feature of this beauty is that it changes its color at different times of the day. Made of exceptional quality marble, it is said that the Taj Mahal changes its mood, hence symbolizing the changing moods of Mumtaz Mahal herself. During sunrise, as the rays of the sun fall on to the structure, the charms combine to give a soft grey and baby pink color, which steadily gets darker and thus, gives a red radiant color to the monument.
During noon, the sun is at the peak and the rays strike against the white marble to give a pure white color to the tomb. At that particular moment, it feels like that our eyes are witnessing a creation of god itself. The image enchants the viewer to an extent that he forgets the past and the future. It is just him and the current moment, that he lives in. During the sunset, the sunlight starts getting dim and leaves an eye-catching orange color, which is really fascinating. The orange color at the top, the white color of the marble in the middle and the green grass at the bottom gives off a tricolor which is really enthralling. At full moonlight, the orange color fades and moon shines brightly on to the Taj Mahal. At that time, the white monument gives of a charm, that no can forget. It looks like a pearl in the infinite sea of blue sky.
"The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time."- Rabindranath Tagore
The Taj Mahal in Agra has always been the center of attraction whenever any tourist comes to India. In fact, India is known all over the world for this marvelous structure. Moreover, ever since the launch of the e-visa facility by the Government of India there has been a boost of tourism in Agra and applying for e visa has never been this easier ever since the launch of www.indiantouristvisa.org.in.They provide support at every stepfor filling the online Indian e-visa application form. They even provide Express, Fast Track and Emergency Indian e-Tourist Visa services for those who want to get Indian visa urgently within 12 hours. So now, you can sit and plan your visit to Agra at the comfort of your home.
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