Taj Mahal Mosque

Taj Mahal, an edifice of grace and beauty is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal over her graveyard. Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located at Agra, India. Taj Mahal lies amidst lush green gardens at the banks of the enchanting River Yamuna, offering solace to the visitors.

Why was the Mosque built?

Taj Mahal is a marvellous piece of architecture which can be classified into several segments. Like an important segment of Taj Mahal is the mosque. Mosque is the prayer hall for the Muslims and it is almost a mandate for any mausoleum to have a prayer hall in it; Taj Mahal is not an exception. Another reason for the existence of a mosque within Taj Mahal is that, this prayer hall along with its mirror image and a guest house located on the other side of the monument provides balance to the complete structure.

Taj Mahal is a classic example of a symmetrical building and every sub-building of the monument is made in such a way so that the massive structure is enable to maintain its harmony through all the years to come.

History of the Mosque

Emperor Shah Jahan had left no stone unturned to make Taj Mahal the most majestic monument of its times and for the times to come and hence the experts from every field were called to construct this magnificent structure. The mosque is said to be constructed by Isa Mohammed and faces Mecca, the holy city of the Muslims; as most of the other mosques do.

The External Highlights of the Mosque

The mosque of Taj Mahal is a unique piece being built in red sandstone with white marble domes and veneers, offering a spectacular blend of red and white to the house of worship. The mosque has couple of prominent portals, known as Iwan, on its both sides along with two comparatively smaller arches. The mosque of Taj Mahal has striking resemblance with the other mosques built by the emperor, namely, the Jama Masjid of Delhi. The exteriors of the mosque are embellished with semi-precious gemstones, using the pietra dura (prachin kari in Hindi) decorative style.

The Picturesque Interiors of the Mosque

As you step into the mosque, it is no less than a paradise with its serenity and elegance. While the floor is made up of unique materials which have a velvet red glow, it is divided to form 569 prayer mats, which signifies that the mosque was made to accommodate 569 devotees into it at a single point of time. The beautiful calligraphy of Arabic scripts from Quran, the holy book of Islam, adorns the interiors. Most of the verses are taken from the chapter of Sura 91, meaning 'The Sun.' Witness the praying process and accessories used by the followers of Islam at this mosque. It consists of Mihrab and Minbar; while Mihrab is used to ascertain the direction of Mecca so that devotees can face the same direction while offering their prayers, the Minbar is the seat of the priest from where he delivers his speech.

The mosque also consists of the temporary graveyard of Mumtaz Mahal; it is represented by a small piece of stone, enclosing a space of 19 feet by 6.5 feet. Adjoining the mosque is also a well and a pond used prior to prayers.
Taj Mahal hence is truly a pilgrimage where love meets divinity.

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