The Taj Mahal
Graciously perched on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is known to be the greatest man made testament of love and romance. The name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and means “Crown Palace”.
The purity of the white marble, exquisite ornamentation, balance of form and symmetry make visiting this monument an unforgettable experience.“Taj Mahal, “the epitome of love” was commisioned in 1632 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at first sight.
“Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for an additional ten years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million Indian rupees, which in 2015 would be valued at around 52.8 billion Indian rupees ($827 million US). The construction project employed around 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The domed marble tomb is part of an integrated complex consisting of gardens and two red-sandstone buildings surrounded by a crenellated wall on three sides.The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture, It is one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal attracts some 3 million visitors a year.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal
When analyzing “The Jewel of Muslim Art in India” from a Form School Feng Shui perspective, the first step is to decide whether the overall quality of this immensely beautiful project gravitates towards the Yin type or Yang type. Most great buildings, the world over, show clear use of the principles of wholesome and symmetrical form, together with a balance of Yin and Yang qualities. For example, the Taj Mahal has a square base [yin] and round, domed top [yang] which makes for a balance of Yin and Yang forms. The design details observed from within the tomb also exude these qualities.Yin and Yang energies complement each other throughout the Taj Mahal and naturally work in tandem. Perhaps Lahauri wanted his mausoleum to represent the relationship he had with his wife: respectful of their differences between each other, acceptance of yin or yang qualities, positively recognising each other as complementary and mutually beneficial partners. The result is a metaphor for living that is harmoniously balanced, focused on the purest form of creativity…love ♡♡