Saturday, November 10, 2007

Unexplained symmetry - Tajmahal

King of the World to a fallen Queen

It is and shall remain a structure of unexplained symmetry and beauty which instills the human heart. Constructed from 1631-53, the Taj Mahal stands on the bank of River Yamuna in Agra, India. It is mausoleum to honour Mumtāz Mahal, the wife of Shah Jahan. Her body and that of her husband are interred in the white ornate marble enclosure.

Capturing the heart of the living

In its symmetry, geometric patterns and filigree carvings, what is clear is that architects, mathematicians and artisans where able to draw on patterns in stimulate the human mind. A simple test of closing your eyes would induce overlapping patterns of shimmering black and white shapes. They are distorted yet uniform as a grid. May this be the key of the
Taj Mahal's beauty? Or is there more?

There has been debate over the origins of the Taj Mahal, what is known is that it has its root to Islamic architecture. But in all, it speaks of a underling unseen
presence and that is of what it was conceived from; Beholden love. The core of its truth. No other man-made structure in the world has equaled it.

Shah Jehan, between the earth and heavens, ruler of the Mughal Empire in the Indian from 1628-1658 and the architect behind the Taj Mahal.

From the watercolor drawing of the
Taj Mahal above, it appears to take the shape of a seated Buddha.

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