Exploring the Taj Mahal, One of The World’s Finest Examples of Islamic Architecture

 What is the Taj Mahal? This is the first question that comes to people’s minds when they see the dazzling white turrets sparkling in the reflection pools.  

“It’s a pure form of love expressed in a material” 

The Taj Mahal is not only a monument but it is also a “Cultural Monument”. The word “Culture” cannot be separated from The Taj Mahal in fact it sits at the very foundation of it. To understand this relation of culture and tradition in building the Taj Mahal, we have to first take a glimpse at the history.

The history of the Taj Mahal 

The Taj Mahal was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. His desire was to express his love in the form of pure art, and he did this so beautifully in the Indo-Islamic cultural style of that period.  

Shah Jahan wanted to build something which such splendor that it would be something the world had never seen before it is unlikely that the world will ever see a mausoleum of this grandeur ever again. The outcome became one of the wonders of the world. 

The cenotaph of Shah Jahan is greater than Mumtaz Mahal. It was installed more than thirty years later by the side of the latter on the west. The upper cenotaphs on its west. The upper cenotaphs are only illusory. Very few people know that the real graves are in the lower tomb chamber. 

 

The garden in front of the galleries is subdivided into four quarters by the two main walk-ways and each quarter, in turn, is subdivided by the narrower cross-axial walkways in the garden. The exquisite hues and shades of the stones in the building itself represent the flowers of the garden and their rendering is pure perfection. 

The Taj Mahal is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole of Indo-Islamic culture. So, what’s unique about it?                           

The uniqueness of the Taj Mahal lies in its rhythmic combinations of solid and void, convex and concave, light and shadow which make it a hypnotizing structure. 

Every detail has been thought of from the mausoleum itself, to the calming combination of lush green garden-scapes and reddish pathways which all unite harmoniously under the blue sky, showcasing the monument in ever changing moods and tints. The ground plan of the Taj Mahal is in perfect balance of composition with the octagonal tomb chamber in the center, encompassed by the portal halls and the four corner rooms. 

 

The Taj Mahal is a perfectly symmetrical planned building, with an emphasis of bilateral symmetry along a central axis on which the main features are placed and the four free-standing minarets at the corners of the platform add a hitherto unknown dimension to the Mughal architecture. The four minarets provide not only a kind of spatial reference to the monument but also give a three dimensional effect to the edifice.  

When asked about Ms. Alia Khan being their choice for this year’s choice Special Guest and Int’l Brand Ambassador, TURKEL Fair Organization Inc. Chairman of Board, Mr. H. Korhan Yazgan, Organizer of  the LeShow Istanbul-2019 Fair said, “The privileged presence of Ms. Alia Khan shall immensely enhance int’l brand awareness of the LeShow Istanbul-2019, in particular for providing integrated communications to the modest fashion & design industry and loyal Muslim consumers worldwide and also for leveraging volume of int’l exhibitor, trade visitor & hosted buyer participations primarily from GCC & MENA regions, the Islamic economy and its stakeholders. We are honored to host such a respected personality in the global fashion industry.”

 

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