MOSQUE in the Taj Mahal is now shut down for the visitors; Complete deets inside
Majestic, ethereal, grand, statuesque, imposing, beautiful, stunning, and many more; the list of adjectives that describe the Taj Mahal in Agra is endless. An astounding fusion of Turkish, Persian, Indian, and Islamic architecture, the white mausoleum, was referred to by Mughal court poets as the true dawn. No wonder, the Taj makes the beholder forget about reaching for the highest paradise. The monument seems to be a masterpiece when viewed from any angle.
But, here’s something disheartening for the lovers and admirers of the beauty of the Taj Mahal. A specific area of this one of the Seven Wonders of the World is now closed to visitors. People will no longer be able to visit the mosque area nestled within the compound of India’s national landmark the Taj. The area was indeed an indispensable part of the splendid monument. Not being able to explore this region is indeed heartbreak. But what’s more dispiriting is that this particular area was famous to get a shot of the Taj Mahal through the arch and also for the reflection shot. So now getting these shots won’t be possible.
Although ambiguous, the reasons for closing this area are not sure. It is suspected that photography in this area was hurting the sentiments of the Muslims. Though no sure reason for the same has been given yet. Indeed the Taj is highly symbolic and this is apparent from the red sandstone and the white marble. But now not having a certain area as a backdrop in the photograph will surely affect the quality of the candid shots that one used to admire this monument.
Looking at the other side of the coin, it can be said that though a certain area is closed, the remaining monument remains open for a candid photo shoot in the Taj Mahal. So plan a visit to get to know which part of the monument appears as a magnificent background in your pictures.