Inside the baby Tajmahal

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Inside the baby Tajmahal

Bali Muhammad is driving his three wheelers amidst dust and crowd of Agra. I am at his mercy right at this moment, he promised me to show Agra with whatever time we have in our hand. He broke his silence, and said that, our first destination will be the baby Taj!

It is often said that, the idea of Tajmahal was inspired from the architecture of tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah. Wife of  Mughal emperor, Jahangir, Nur Jahan, commissioned to built it for the memory of his father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg. Title of Mirzā Ghiyās Beg was I’timād-ud-Daulah means pillar of the state.

When I reached to this place, there was hardly anyone within the sight. I got it almost entirely myself. It was simply calm and quite. I just revolved around it couple of times. The Jamuna river which was struggling to flow in the winter was just in the backside of this mausoleum.

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I loved it! It’s white marble, intricate design and symmetricity was great. I didn’t go to Agra when I visited I’timād-ud-Daulah. Later, I found that, it was indeed similar to the Taj, however, in a much smaller scale.

Even the entry gate was similar!

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Before visiting there, I was not sure how much time would I stay there. I ended up spending more time than my anticipation. The calmness really soothed me on that day.

I started by circling the architecture, I don’t remember, how many time I did that on that day.

And, I said beautiful each time I did that.

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I did not realise at that moment that, the same feeling will come to me with a magnitude of manifolds that evening, when I will be in front of the Taj.

PS:  Mirzā Ghiyās Beg aka  I’timād-ud-Daulahwas the grandfather of Mumtāz Mahāl the wife of the Mughal emperor Shāh Jahān, responsible for the construction of the Tāj Mahal.

Fuad Omar

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