Simple observations from the Taj Mahal complex

Posted on Dec 03, 2019 in Student Speak

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The Taj Mahal is an integral part of India’s cultural heritage and it is universally admired by almost everyone around the world. The monument has earned a place among the seven wonders of the world.

When we visited the Taj Mahal, we were impressed to see its magnificent architecture. The exquisite mausoleum within the complex was built by the Mughal ruler, Shah Jahan in memory of one of his wives — Mumtaz Mahal. Moreover, the Taj Mahal is exemplary of the Mughal artistic and architectural accomplishments that saw its zenith, especially during Shah Jahan’s reign. Historically, Shah Jahan is famous for introducing elements that have come to be identified as chief aspects of Mughal architecture. The extensive use of marble instead of red sandstone is one such aspect.

We entered the Taj Mahal complex from the north gate. Before reaching the main mausoleum, we were stunned to see the level of symmetry accomplished in constructing the gates. Built chiefly out of red sandstone, the north gate is embellished by decorated panels and accents of white marble. Another astonishing moment was seeing the graves of both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. 

From our visit, we learnt that the construction of this architectural marvel took about 22 years. Furthermore, it required about 1,000 elephants and 20,000 workers to work day and night relentlessly before the building of the structure was completed. 

It was interesting to note that Taj Mahal looks slightly different at different times of the day. In the morning, it looks somewhat pink while in the evening, it appears milky white. The view of this splendid structure looks its best on a full moon night, when it shines bright gold in colour and hue.

We were fascinated to visit the Taj Mahal on our trip to Agra. Viewing the epitome of Mughal architecture was an experience of a lifetime.

Team Members: Ananya, Corrine, Pia, Sanchita, Sina, & Sonakshi (Delhi Public School, Indirapuram).

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