Some facts on Taj
All Indians are proud of the Taj Mahal, which is termed an elegy written in marble. I visited the Taj a few months back and this is my effort to represent the points I collected about the Taj. Adjectives, as it seems, run for cover when asked to describe the architecture of Taj Mahal, one of the most elegant buildings in the world. Addressed by a lyricist as a pearl swimming in the air, the Taj is a building of unmatched architectural beauty. Nestled on the banks of River Yamuna, it epitomizes extraordinary architectural imagination.
The Taj has been built on a plinth, 6.7m high and lying over the area of 95 sq m. The plinth itself can be approached from a central path within the garden. Ustad Isa, the chief architect of the Taj, has himself described it as a guava-shaped dome. Four tall pillars, each 138 feet and topped with eight windowed cupolas, rise up from the corners of the white marble plinth. The dome is made of a lofty central chamber, and four octagonal corner rooms. As we know, domes are the crucial part of Islamic architecture, symbolizing the union of heaven and earth.
The tomb of Mumtaz is located right below the dome, lined with the main entrance. The emperor lies besides her. However, the emperor’s tomb was actually not intended to be there at the time of the making of the Taj. But his son, Emperor Aurangzeb placed it there. The central chamber houses the replica tombs while the real ones are underneath. The public tomb is surrounded by an octagonal screen of marble and inlaid precious stones. Single blocks of marble have been used to make each of this screen.
To be Continued