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Taj Mahal, the monument to the most contradictory love in the world


After our passage by all the space of ​​Delhi and Rajasthan and having overcome our first and robust episodes of Delhi Stomach (which principally accompanied us for the primary full month), we determined to go go to one of the vital marked factors within the Map. The well-known Taj Mahal, one of many wonders of the trendy world.

We arrived in Agra within the morning on a prepare from Jaipur which value us 232 rupees for each of us. We seemed for a lodge and ended up in a room with little air flow in Sai Palace, principally by the terrace, from the place we might see the Taj Mahal with out issues when having breakfast.

We spent the day there and walked across the metropolis a bit, however quickly after we have been saturated with affords and determined to return to the terrace to benefit from the views. We deliberate to go the subsequent day to the Taj Mahal and to have the ability to do it with out hundreds of individuals we should always do it early, depart at round 5 am they informed us, so the night time was going to be brief.

We awakened at round 5, acquired dressed shortly and walked to the doorway, most lodges within the space are not more than 10 minutes away on foot. Upon arrival we noticed the queue of individuals ready to undergo the door, nonetheless closed, we purchased our tickets for 1000 rupees every (they actually harm a bit) and we joined them.

The primary shock got here once we realized that the queue is made individually by gender, one for males and one for ladies. The lads’s queue goes at a a lot quicker pace than the ladies’s and as soon as Jesper handed the doorway and check-in he nonetheless needed to anticipate about 20 minutes till it was my flip, which is fairly absurd.

As a tip, in case you are a pair, let him be the one who carries EVERYTHING (luggage and so forth) as a result of it is without doubt one of the the explanation why the feminine tail strikes extra slowly.

After I lastly acquired inside it was already grated, me and the 100 ladies within the queue (and the 100 {couples} who had not entered as a result of they have been ready), I grumbled a bit concerning the absurdity of the system and we continued inside. I am not going to disclaim it, the Taj Mahal is spectacular, we have been additionally fortunate that just some days in the past they eliminated the scaffolding that coated it for cleansing, however I could not assist stopping to consider a thousand issues as soon as I acquired there.

Let’s begin with a bit of historical past of the Taj Mahal

The Mughal Empire was based in 1526 by a dynasty with Turkish and Mongolian roots who claimed to be the descendants of Genghis Khan. All of the emperors of the empire have been Muslims, being the final emperor Bahadur Shah II, who through the Indian revolt of 1857 in opposition to the English determined to assist the revolt by costing him exile when it failed. What was left of the empire was taken by the English who assumed full management of India (who have been additionally in control of cleansing the partitions of the Taj Mahal of all its valuable stones)

The Taj Mahal is nothing greater than a mausoleum, that is proper, a tomb. It was thought in 1631 in reminiscence of Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite spouse of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who died giving beginning to her fourteenth baby. It was accomplished in 1643, however over the subsequent 10 years the work continued to be carried out in a lot of the realm till it was left in what we all know as we speak. Shan Jahan introduced that he needed to be buried subsequent to her as soon as the day got here and so it occurred making this story one of the vital well-known love tales on this planet.

It’s a formidable constructing, created from white marble with inscriptions on all sides and engraved particulars all through the inside, however as Muslim custom prohibits quirky decorations on the tombs, that’s the reason the our bodies of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan are underneath a crypt with out I barely adorn each of them trying in the direction of Mecca.

Okay, however why do you say it is contradictory

Let’s rewind a bit then, The Taj Mahal, in case the proof of its structure and the mosque that surrounds it weren’t sufficient, is a monument of Muslim origin. This is essential to recollect since India and its Muslim brothers (Pakistan and Bangladesh) ended their relations in a really bitter tone, largely due to the English hand-in-hand, sentencing hundreds of households to dwell individually behind borders drawn by a 3rd individual not associated to the issue. In actual fact, Bangladesh was not Bangladesh at the moment, each Bangladesh and Pakistan have been Pakistan, due to course it makes quite a lot of sense to divide a rustic in two leaving one of many largest international locations on this planet in between, however that for one more chapter.

After the division, the Hindu populations on one facet and the Muslims on the opposite started an absurd exodus to cross the borders that they “touched” based on their faith, and in 1947, shortly after that border was drawn, what’s now referred to as the primary Kashmir battle, a battle that the truth is even as we speak has not been resolved that claimed the sovereignty of each nations for the realm of ​​Jammu and Kashmir.

Since its creation the tensions, particularly non secular, between each nations are apparent and evident, however then Why is the Taj Mahal, an clearly Muslim image, one of the vital consultant monuments in India? Easy, for the cash and fame, greater than eight million vacationers go to the Taj Mahal yearly and what’s extra, an extremist Hindi facet has been making an attempt for YEARS making an attempt to “show” that the Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple (what ?!). It seems that in 1989 an Indian author printed a e-book stating that earlier than the Mughal empire got here to India there was a Hindu temple there claiming that a big a part of the Hindu temples have been destroyed by the Mughals to construct mosques and subsequently, the Taj Mahal is an initially Hindu construction.

No, I don’t really feel, it doesn’t make sense, and it’s a clear instance of the historic resentment of each religions, this assertion is one thing that fortunately the court docket of the nation denied just a couple of years ago.

A minimum of it appears fascinating to me.

However wait, there’s extra, and far of it’s as much as the guests

Alternatively, there’s the contradiction with the world “western”, you get there and absolutely you must see a proposal, “Oh, the monument to like”They put their knees on the bottom. They declare everlasting love, everybody applauds, folks embrace, every part is gorgeous.

So then why then the recalcitrant Islamophobia that they follow of their international locations of origin? After all, when you ask them what they’d characterize Islam with, I doubt they’d reply “With love” whereas on the wall of the room they’ve a photograph hanging of their marriage proposal with the Taj Mahal within the background. What am I going to do, all that I assumed as I admired its white columns and the avalanche of individuals crossing the door.

Having simply crossed a border, after coming from virtually four months touring by two Muslim international locations, the reality is that it breaks my soul, it breaks my soul as a result of all those that welcomed us there and took care of us did so with open arms. And with out anticipating something in return, it breaks my soul as a result of I do know the present scenario in international locations like Spain, the UK or Germany the place multiple could have nothing however racist phrases for the Muslim group (even when it’s not a query of “race”). It breaks my soul as a result of I’d in all probability reply with love, however as an alternative I’ve to witness how it is a parade of hypocrisy in every single place.

There’s nonetheless extra.

Subsequent to the Taj Mahal there are a few mosques, which in case you have been fortunate sufficient to return from Pakistan are similar to the purple mosque of Lahore, a monument that, finding out the contradictions of this, based on my standpoint is rather more spectacular . The extremist Hindus (beware, I’ve by no means stated that they’re all) who declare that the Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple achieve this as a result of because the 17th century solely Muslims have their rituals there (in a sure regular means being a mosque) and the positioning It’s closed on Fridays from 12:00 to 14:00 for prayers and through the month of Ramadan

One of many issues that I preferred essentially the most, each concerning the Hindu temples and the mosques (in Pakistan, in Iran they have been one thing else …) was coming into the realm barefoot and that it was a public house, open and with a air and particular respect, one thing that I didn’t see wherever on this case, I solely noticed cash, cash, cash, picture, picture, picture.
Though it’s true that supposedly each the mausoleum and the mosque should be entered with naked ft or coated, one thing that, though they fight from the doorway, they don’t pressure (for instance, as within the case of Sikh temples and even of Hindu temples).
On the whole, it appeared a disgrace that every one the curiosity within the web site is merely “for the picture” or “for the cash”, one from the guests’ facet and the opposite from the facet of town that hosts it and I actually felt unhealthy after having contributed to following the identical wheel for that of “You must go to the Taj Mahal“, That’s, by the picture (and exhibits it slightly below).

What would I do one other time if I’ve it?

In all probability, until issues modified, as an alternative of losing my tomorrow queuing up and being booked for 1000 rupees (which is extra as we speak) I’d go to the opposite facet of the river, to the Victoria Gardens and benefit from the lovely seen from there at any time of day, I’d learn her a e-book within the gardens and take into consideration all that, every part that crossed my thoughts whereas I used to be in there. I’d even give myself to take the required picture.


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