The pillared dalan of the façade, the liwan with three arched openings framed by panels and crowned by five chhatris, the central mihrab adorned with an inlaid mosaic of stones that are bordered by glazed tiles, and the golden inscriptions on a royal blue background, all a tribute to this fusion. The fort and the mosque within are places of worship and it is widely believed that any prayer made at the mosque at Fatehpur Sikri comes true. I did offer my prayers and offerings at the site. One thing to avoid is the vendors who sell expensive shawls inside the shrine. The prices are very high and not worthy.
(Photo by Kavipriya)The next day we started early as we were advised to go as soon as possible to the Taj, as it could get crowed and hotter during the day. I could not stop thinking how the first sight of this most beautiful monument would be... Will I be ever able to take all that beauty, all that splendor, that pure white magic with my bare eyes? I kept thinking as we enjoyed a camel ride to the entrance.
(Photos by Kavipriya)Taj is like a beautiful young girl who hides from her most admired visitors behind the curtains. You cannot spot the magnificent 100 plus ft structure from being onsite anywhere you desire; instead, you would really have to step into that right spot to have that first look to take it all into you. As I reached the fort entrance after a brief security check, I strained myself, craning my neck upwards to catch a glimpse of her majesty, but all I could see were red forts and green trees. Then all of a sudden out of no where, just as if the moon came out of its hiding clouds, there she stood, eternal. It was such a beautiful sight as I stood still breathless for a moment trying to realize that, it was not a painting or a postcard or a video but is was real and better than anything I had ever seen before.
Taj Mahal will remain as the most favorite place I ever visited. I dedicate this humble work and a word of prayer for all the Nedas of our world who deserve to be remembered forever.
Finally a big thanks to Sennen Chris Pinto, an international writer, and the founder, member and editor of the global website www.thetorchkindlers.com (a website that kindles hope, love and peace) who made it possible for this beautiful written travelogue record of 'Taj Mahal and Fathehpur Sikri' , by Kavipriya Muthuramalingam's to be published for my website.