|Grace, scale, power and beauty.
Walking through the entryway
to our first view of the Taj Mahal,
which means Crown Palace.
|And you’ll walk across any territory,
and any darkness, however fluid,
and however dangerous to take
the one hand, and the one life
you know belongs in yours.
(from True Love, by David Whyte)
|Sunrise framed by the mosque on the side of Taj Mahal.
According to Islam, all tombs need to have an adjoining
place of prayer. The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday,
the traditional holy day for Muslims to pray.
|The polished sandstone floor of the
adjoining mosque is elegantly
designed in the shape of clearly
defined prayer mats. The walls
have delicate calligraphy quoting
the holy book of Qur’an.
|Just part of the jewel encrusted exterior, which includes
jade, crystal, lapis, carnelian, amethyst and turquoise.
|Closeup of the exquisite marble lattice inside the Taj Mahal.|
|“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.”
– Rabindranath Tagore (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913)