“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.”- Rabindranath Tagore .
The Taj Mahal as seen from Musamman Burj tower in Agra Fort.
"The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs and makes sun and moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made to display, thereby, the Creator's glory." - Shah Jahan.
Labour of Love.
“The site selected for the mausoleum was to the south of the City. It was originally a palace of Raja Man Singh, but it was the property of his grandson, Raja Jey Singh.” - Syed Muhammad Latif referring to BadshahNama in his book “Agra – Historical and Descriptive”.
Amanat Khan main calligrapher of Taj Mahal used optical trick Trompe l’oeil to inlay verses from Quran.
"If I had never done anything else in India, I have written my name here, and the letters are a living joy."-Lord Curzon.Tamga (official stamp) of Mughal Empire on top of the main dome. Hooks attached with the dome is
is used for cleaning it.
The jade stones of vine were imported from China.
To create Parchin Kari (Pietra Dura) inlays, artists dew patterns on the marble with Henna. Then they chiselled out the design. Next they cut the stones to fit the design and inserted them. – The Taj Mahal by Lesley A. DuTemple .
“I witnessed the commencement and completion of this monument on which 20000 men worked incessantly for 22 years “ –Jean-Baptiste Tavernier , a French gem merchant and traveler.
Taj Mahal tomb of empress Arjumand Banu (Mumtaz Mahal after her marriage) and her doting husband Shah Jahan.