April 19, 2011
A marble monument of deep love, crown of palaces and a symbol of the best architecture. This marble palace is situated in Agra on the banks of river Yamuna. It was built in 1648 by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. About 20,000 workers took more than 20 years to complete this architectural marvel. This is the highest monument in India at a height of 75 meters. The three-storey main gate (dervasa), 100 meters high and 150 meters wide, opens to a beautiful garden surrounding the mausoleum. On a large marble slab of 93.9 square meters at a height of 6.6 m., stands the magnificent building. There are four pillars (stupa), each 40 meters high, on four sides of the Taj. The floor is of black and white squares of bullets. A large dome 24.5 meters high and 17.7 meters in diameter crowns the building. Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the wonders of the world.
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Standing majestically on the banks of river Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous with love and romance. It is believed that the name"Taj Mahal"comes from the name of Shah Jahan wife Mumtaz Mahal and means"Crown Palace ". The purity of white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious stones, and its picturesque location, all make Taj Mahal travel gain a place among the most popular. But unless and until you know the love story behind the Tajmahal of India, it will come up as just a beautiful building. But the love behind this outstanding monument is what has given life to this monument.
Agra, once capital of the Mughal Empire during the 16th and early 18th century, two and half hours by express train from New Delhi. Tourists from all over the world visit Agra not only to see the ruins of the red sandstone fortress built by the Mughal emperors but to make a pilgrimage to Taj Mahal, India's most famous architectural wonder. In a country where magnificent temples and monuments abound to remind visitors about the rich civilization of a country that is slowly but surely lifting itself to an industrialized society.
The postcard picture of Taj Mahal live up to convey the legend, the poetry and the romance that shroud what Rabindranath Tagore calls"a teardrop on the cheek of time ". Taj Mahal means"Crown Palace"and is in fact the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb in the world. It is best described by an English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, who"is not a piece of architecture, as other buildings, but a proud passion of an Emperor of love wrought in living stones."This is a tribute to the woman's love, exquisite potrayed in marble. And that's way to appreciate it!