Shrine Of Love- Taj Mahal

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 Shrine of Love -Taj Mahal 
I am the tear drop of a grieving lover
A magnificent declaration of his ardor
A marble symphony by maestro carvers
A magnum opus, an aria by Wagner to savor

I am the tomb royal of departed Mumtaz Mahal
I change many hues like her moods  that dapple
I am homage to Shah’s Queen that held him  in thrall
My exquisite inlaid work n crafting do my visitors enthrall

I am one of the declared seven wonders of the world
Global admirers are amazed as my beauty is unfurled
Like unveiling of a blushing bride under many covers
My beauty too unfolds in layers beckoning in whispers

I am the legendary love epic’s poetry in marble, a tomb immortal
Lovers exchange vows before me with faces lit like candles
Yet for all my magnificence and breathtaking glory
I am tainted by amputated limbs of craftsmen, a fact gory

I am piece de resistance, an epitome of architectural magnificence
For centuries I am a benevolent provider to many folks in silence
As visitors stand n behold me in awe they forget my real significance
I am a symbol of death, a tomb signifying all life ends as it is transient 

 I am the tear drop of a grieving lover
A magnificent declaration of his ardor
A marble symphony  by maestro carvers
A magnum opus, an aria by Wagner to savor


All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.
Frank Lloyd Wright American, Architect Quotes


The poet Rabindranath Tagore has perhaps said it best of all:
“You know Shah Jahan, life and youth, wealth and glory, they all drift away in the current of time. You strove therefore, to perpetuate only the sorrow of your heart. Let the splendor of diamond, pearl and ruby vanish. Only let this one teardrop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever.”


Notes on Taj Mahal:(from internet)
 Work began on the Taj Mahal in 1632. For twenty-two years, 20,000 workers from India, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and Europe labored to construct the Taj Mahal. Spread over an area of 42 acres (17-hectare) the total cost of construction came out to be approximately 32 million Rupees. The site was chosen near the capital Agra, on the southwest bank of the River Yamuna. Although it is not known for sure who planned the Taj, the name of an Indian architect of Persian descent, Ustad Ahmad Lahori, has been cited in many sources.
Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and costly tombs in the world. The Mughal Emperor Shahjahan ordered it built in memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1629A.D.
Islamic architecture, in its purest form, is epitomized by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal. Work started on this movement in 1634 continued for almost 22 years. Situated in the city of Agra in India, on the banks of the river Yamuna, the Taj is enclosed in a garden amongst fountains and ornamental trees.The walled complex includes two mosques and an imposing gateway. The tomb is encased in white marble which is decorated with flawless sculptures and inlaid design of flowers and calligraphy cut from precious gems. Below the dome in a dimly lit chamber lie the mortal remains of Shahjahan and beloved wife, queen Mumtaz Mahal, reminding the world of their undying love. It rests on a platform of red sandstone . At each corner of the platform stands a slender minaret (prayer tower). Each tower is 133 feet high . The building itself is 186 feet square. A dome covers the center of the building. It is 70 feet in diameter and 120 feet high. Passages from the Muslim holy book, Quern, decorate the outside. Built in charming environs, the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful architectural work in the world. Without doubt, The Taj Mahal ranks as amongst the most perfect buildings in the world, flawlessly proportionate, built entirely out of marble. Intended to be a commemoration of the memory of Shahjahan’s beloved wife , in reality it is his gift to entire human race.

After the construction…
     The construction of the Taj commenced in 1631 and was completed in1653.Workers were gathered from all over the country (India) and centralAsia.The main architect was Isa Khan. Shahjahan cut off the hands of the workers after the completion of the Taj so Mahal that no one would ever be able to build such a marvelous monument again.
Did Emperor chop off workers’ hands? Another popular belief associated with the Taj Mahal is that Shah Jahan chopped off the hands of all 20,000 workers who toiled for almost 22 years on the monument. This, the legend says, was done so that the same hands could not build another monument like the Taj, though historians claim to have found no evidence to this effect. Interestingly, some of the names that crafted the world’s most famous monument to love were found by the Archaeological Survey of India on the boundary wall on the southeast and northeast of the Taj Mahal last year. The motifs with the laborers’ signatures included swastikas, tridents, cymbals, stars and flowers. “So far, we have identified 671 motifs that include 350 signatures of the laborers. The symbols might have been etched by the workers either in the course of their work or after its completion,” D. Dayalang, Agra circle’s superintending archaeologist, was quoted as saying. — A.S.


3 Comments for: “Shrine Of Love- Taj Mahal”

  1. it really is a beautiful poem but just to say what does this poem really mean ?
    i mean whats the literal meaning of the poem ??

    Submitted by Garvit Bhandoola on February 14th, 2014 2:31 am
  2. I suggest you read up on the Taj Mahal on wiki and other internet sources

    Submitted by Bina Gupta on February 14th, 2014 8:56 am
  3. nice poem

    Submitted by sweety on November 24th, 2015 9:53 pm

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