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Taj Mahal: World Heritage Series
Taj Mahal: World Heritage Series
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From the Jacket

The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as ‘the jewel of Islamic art and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.’

The Taj is the world’s most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb. Built entirely of white marble, it uses an architectural design known as interlocking arabesque. Each element of the structure can stand on its own and integrate with the main structure. The central dome is called the Taj. The marble walls inside the dome are covered with intricate mosaic patterns and precious stones. Within the dome lies the jewel inlaid tomb of the queen.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Taj Mahal is the magical quality of its changing colours. The Yamuna River behind the Taj reflects light onto the white marble. Depending on the hour of the day or the season, the colours of the Taj are different. The best time to view its stunning beauty is at dawn or sunset.

Foreword

The Taj Mahal is a unique architectural achievement of the world. This world famous monument was erected over the mortal remains of Arjumand Bano Begum, daughter of Khwaja Abul Hasan entitled Yamand Daula Asaf Khan who was brother of Empress Nur Jahan and son of Mirza Ghiyas Baig Itimad—ud—daula. The most favourite queen of Shah Jahan, she received the title of Mumtaz Mahal after her marriage to Shah Jahan.

What is even more striking is that Emperor Shah Jahan raised this grandest of all the Mughal Mausoleums for a woman, his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the chosen one of the palace. This romantic aspect which defies all general ideas about the position of women in Mughal society has long appealed to visitors. To enjoy the site of the Mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, tourists from the world over come to visit it in millions, throughout the year.

Its perfect aesthetics reflects the pure sentiments and excellence in all aspects. The Taj Mahal is Shah Jahan’s great contribution to world architecture, and, as contemporary sources reveal, it was conceived as such from the very beginning. In the words of Shah Jahan’s historian Qazwini’ the building would be a masterpiece for the ages to come, increasing the amazement of humanity.” It was to be a magnificent burial place for Mumtaz Mahal, an image here on earth of the heavenly mansion prepared for her in paradise, but also until the day of resurrection, it was to testify to the power and glory of Shah Jahan and the Mughal rule.

Contents

1. Foreword5
2. Taj Mahal 6
3. History of Agra City 8
4. Shah Jahan 12
5. Mumtaz Mahal 16
Death of Mumtaz Mahal 18
Influences on the Taj Mahal Design 20
6. Transfer of Empress’s Remains from Burhanpur to Agra 26
Perimeter Wall 28
Arrival of Mumtaz Mahal’s Remains to Agra 30
Foundation of the Mausoleum ready in 1632 A.D. 30
7. Construction of the Taj Mahal 31
Architects of the Taj Mahal35
Jilaukhana or Forecourt 39
The East and the West Gate 40
The Main Gateway 40
8. Seventeenth Death Anniversary of Mumtaz Mahal 46
9. The Garden and the water works 51
The Great Basement 53
Underground Chambers 54
10. The Mosque and the Jama at Khana or the Mehman Khana 56
The Mosque 59
The Jama’ at Khana 62
Corner Towers 63
Basai Towers 64
11. The Crowning Glory 65
12. Elevation 72
Minerets 75
13. Ornamentation of the Taj Mahal 77
14. The Royal Sarcophagi 82
15. The Morturary Vault 88
Taj Ganj 89
Death and Burial of Shah Jahan 89
16. Useful Information 92
17. Select Bibliography 94

Taj Mahal: World Heritage Series

Item Code:
NAC319
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Edition:
2009
ISBN:
9788190486651
Size:
9.3 Inch X 4.7 Inch
Pages:
96 (Illustrated Throughout In Color)
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Weight of the Book: 185 gms
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From the Jacket

The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as ‘the jewel of Islamic art and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.’

The Taj is the world’s most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb. Built entirely of white marble, it uses an architectural design known as interlocking arabesque. Each element of the structure can stand on its own and integrate with the main structure. The central dome is called the Taj. The marble walls inside the dome are covered with intricate mosaic patterns and precious stones. Within the dome lies the jewel inlaid tomb of the queen.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Taj Mahal is the magical quality of its changing colours. The Yamuna River behind the Taj reflects light onto the white marble. Depending on the hour of the day or the season, the colours of the Taj are different. The best time to view its stunning beauty is at dawn or sunset.

Foreword

The Taj Mahal is a unique architectural achievement of the world. This world famous monument was erected over the mortal remains of Arjumand Bano Begum, daughter of Khwaja Abul Hasan entitled Yamand Daula Asaf Khan who was brother of Empress Nur Jahan and son of Mirza Ghiyas Baig Itimad—ud—daula. The most favourite queen of Shah Jahan, she received the title of Mumtaz Mahal after her marriage to Shah Jahan.

What is even more striking is that Emperor Shah Jahan raised this grandest of all the Mughal Mausoleums for a woman, his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the chosen one of the palace. This romantic aspect which defies all general ideas about the position of women in Mughal society has long appealed to visitors. To enjoy the site of the Mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, tourists from the world over come to visit it in millions, throughout the year.

Its perfect aesthetics reflects the pure sentiments and excellence in all aspects. The Taj Mahal is Shah Jahan’s great contribution to world architecture, and, as contemporary sources reveal, it was conceived as such from the very beginning. In the words of Shah Jahan’s historian Qazwini’ the building would be a masterpiece for the ages to come, increasing the amazement of humanity.” It was to be a magnificent burial place for Mumtaz Mahal, an image here on earth of the heavenly mansion prepared for her in paradise, but also until the day of resurrection, it was to testify to the power and glory of Shah Jahan and the Mughal rule.

Contents

1. Foreword5
2. Taj Mahal 6
3. History of Agra City 8
4. Shah Jahan 12
5. Mumtaz Mahal 16
Death of Mumtaz Mahal 18
Influences on the Taj Mahal Design 20
6. Transfer of Empress’s Remains from Burhanpur to Agra 26
Perimeter Wall 28
Arrival of Mumtaz Mahal’s Remains to Agra 30
Foundation of the Mausoleum ready in 1632 A.D. 30
7. Construction of the Taj Mahal 31
Architects of the Taj Mahal35
Jilaukhana or Forecourt 39
The East and the West Gate 40
The Main Gateway 40
8. Seventeenth Death Anniversary of Mumtaz Mahal 46
9. The Garden and the water works 51
The Great Basement 53
Underground Chambers 54
10. The Mosque and the Jama at Khana or the Mehman Khana 56
The Mosque 59
The Jama’ at Khana 62
Corner Towers 63
Basai Towers 64
11. The Crowning Glory 65
12. Elevation 72
Minerets 75
13. Ornamentation of the Taj Mahal 77
14. The Royal Sarcophagi 82
15. The Morturary Vault 88
Taj Ganj 89
Death and Burial of Shah Jahan 89
16. Useful Information 92
17. Select Bibliography 94
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