I had very little excitement to see the Taj Mahal. I’d seen so many pictures of it, so my footage in movies I didn’t think it had any surprises left. But I couldn’t come all the way to India and not see it, so I wanted to get it ticked off the list.
How wrong was I. The Taj Mahal is a magnificent building and structure. Bigger than any picture can make out. The white marble can be blinding as the day ticks on. From a distance, it’s hard to see the intricate detail that explains why it took so long to build. Intricate designs and semi-precious gems are embedded into the entire building. No effort was spared to ensure the geometry and lines of the building perfectly align.
If it’s physical dominance wasn’t impressive enough, its symbolic stature makes it sploosh inducing (to borrow a phrase from the TV Series Archer). The Taj Mahal is a symbol of love. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan had it commissioned after his wife died. He was so hurt by her death, and still evermore in love with her, he wanted a symbol of their relationship and final resting place fit for his dearest. From his own residence in the Agra fort, he could always see his magnificent symbol. The Taj Mahal became the final resting place for all three of his wives.