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The vision that preceded the modern era was that of a Taj Mahal symbolizing love, a symbol that is still widely used today. Indeed, history has left us the explanation for the construction of the Taj Mahal, namely that it is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the 3rd wife of the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
As a monument for enduring love and as a tribute to a beautiful woman, the Taj reveals its detail when one visits it without being in a hurry. The rectangular base of the Taj is in itself symbolic of the different sides from which to view a beautiful woman.
People from all over the world comes to visit it every year in large numbers. Taj Mahal which means the “crown of the Palace” is considered as the symbol of love. The ivory-white marble tomb stands on the south bank of the river Yamuna in the city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Four minarets frame the main mausoleum complex. The finial atop the dome is uniquely Indian, recognizing the region’s religious diversity. The finial incorporates a crescent moon, the symbol of Islam (the religion of both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal).
The cenotaphs Muslim tradition forbids elaborate decoration of graves, so the bodies of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan are laid in a relatively plain chamber beneath the inner chamber of the Taj Mahal. They are buried on a north-south axis, with faces turned right (west) toward Mecca.
The mausoleum in Agra is India’s most famous monument, and a sublime shrine to eternal love. Built from between 1632 and 1647 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal was dedicated to Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth.
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