Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Gems of Mughal Architecture

While the Mughal emperors are most famous for building the Taj Mahal, they also left behind several other treasures such as I'timād-ud-Daulah's Tomb, also known as the Baby Taj, Agra Fort and the magnificent palace in Fatehpur Sikri. The Baby Taj was commissioned by Queen Nur Jehan, whereas Agra Fort and the palace in Fatehpur Sikri were established by King Akbar. What I found so special about these buildings is the way Kings Akbar and Shah Jehan incorporated different elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam into their design. For instance, ceilings and walls even had the Hindu symbol of a lotus!

I loved all three sites. There is something so enchanting about these places that it almost felt surreal. A lot of Mughal buildings were built using red sandstone, which immediately gives them a regal look. On top of that, these buildings have so many intricate designs carved on marble that one can only imagine how it was even possible to do it at that time. The Agra Fort is a vast area where King Shah Jehan was placed under house arrest by his own son, Aurangzeb. My heart went out to him as I walked around the areas where he was confined. From the Agra Fort, I was also able to enjoy fantastic views of the Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River.

I then went on to visit the Baby Taj. In terms of architecture, this was my favorite. The mausoleum features very detailed marble carvings engraved with precious stones, and was very impressive to look at. I felt that the Baby Taj presented more detailed designs than the Taj Mahal itself. In fact, it is believed that it was built as a model for the Taj Mahal.

The final stop in my North India trip was Fatehpur Sikri. I simply could not get enough of this place. The palace is one of the most beautiful red sandstone buildings I have ever seen. The whole compound is very vast, with lots of interesting sections to explore.

There are also numerous tombs within the compound and Muslim devotees can enter the tomb of Salim Chisti to seek the saint's blessings and fulfil their wishes. People of any religion can also enter, as long as they cover their heads, and make a wish by tying a thread on the marble screens of the tomb building. Once their wish has been fulfilled, they can remove the thread, which symbolizes their wish. I was approached by a young Muslim boy, who offered to take me to the marble screens to tie a thread. I happily tied the thread while making my wish, as you can see in the video. I hope it will be fulfilled!

After an eventful day in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, I headed back to Delhi, as my tour concluded there. All in all, I had a fantastic and unforgettable time in Northern India. Now, I am just waiting for the opportunity to visit the Ganges river, Calcutta and the eastern region! Hopefully, I get that chance soon!


Ravipa said...

This singer nusrat fateh ali khan is a great singer and very unique voice. A good song selection - blending well with the video! With this kind of song and place like what we see in this video, one can be an eternal traveler going from place to place on an endless journey...

the doc said...

அருமையாக எழுதி வருகிறாய், ப்ரீத்தி. அதுவும், ஒளிப்பதிவுடன் கலந்து உன்னுரையை தொகுத்திருப்பது இத்தளத்திற்கு இன்னும் சற்று சுவாரசியத்தைச் சேர்த்திருக்கிறது. உன் பயணக் குறிகள் இனியும் இங்ஙனமே தொடருமாக! வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

அண்ணர் ஜெயந்த் :)

banoo said...

Welldone ammulu. I like the background music. Good work. Keep it up! Very nice video too!


Sriram said...

This is my favorite video !!! Excellent music and the video edit is perfect !!! Keep them coming...

Unknown said...

Tres belles photos et film sympa !
Des souvenirs pour nous aussi.
Inde envoutante.

Tres bien de faire vivre ces souvenirs....


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