There are many beautiful and worth seeing buildings in India, but the Taj Mahal at Agra is the most beautiful of them all. Taj Mahal was built about three hundred years ago by the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan, in the memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. My friend and I visited the Taj during the last summer vacation. Its vision cast a spell over me. It stood in unique majesty. What a fine layout indeed. This is all I could say on the spot. It looked white on all sides. The green grass and the green shoots of cypress trees adorned its majestic beauty.
Nature’s beauty made the building look all the more beautiful We went up the stairs. We found the graves of the King and the Queen under the dome in a dark chamber. Multi-colored pieces of glass and couplets from the Quaran decorated the side walls. The four minarets stood as watchmen, one at each corner. A fall moonlight night followed in a couple of days. We visited the Taj again that night. Its beauty shone brightly in the silvery light of the moon. It was a sight for gods to see.
My joy knew no bounds when I saw the reflection of the Taj in the Yamuna. A clear picture of marble could be seen. I closed my eyes and opened them again to find if it was a reality. May, it was not a dream. As God is there to bestow nature’s beauty, man’s hand is there to create wonderful pieces of art and architecture. How a man could be so perfect in working out minutest details of art! The Taj is even now with me. And I can still see its beauty with my mind’s eye as and when I desire to do so.
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The Golden Temple
The famous Golden Temple is located at Amritsar. It is also known as Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib. This is the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs in India. The golden glitter and the solemn hymns of the great shrine attract every devotee. Thousands of devotees visit this shrine every day and listen to the message “O frail being, I return to the path of the Divine and forsake materialistic pleasures. Your being represents Divine essence.
Therefore, return to the Divine path which will bring bliss and glory to your soul. Why have you forsaken such a glorious path? Why have the earthly pleasures attracted you so much? Are you unaware of the fact that all those that are born, have to die one day? Seek your destiny through the return to this immortal path of spiritualism.”
Many devotees impressed very much with the above message of the holy hymns of the Guru Granth Sahab. The temple stands in the middle of a Sarovar (tank) which is known as the Amrit Kund. A marble path runs around the tank and a marble bridge leads to the temple. Lofty buildings stand around the path. The exquisite golden glitter of the dome which is constructed out of golden plates is highly enchanting to the human eye. The temple has four silver doors.
The exterior glitter of the temple impresses every new visitor as if ‘gold and silver’ were nothing as compared to the spiritual sermons of the holy Granth Sahib kept within the sacred shrine. The most important aspect is ‘An invitation to the human being to return to the glorious path of Spiritual Renaissance.’ Every morning and evening, we can listen to these holy sermons which are recited by the high priest. The Akal Takht facing the shrine is a five, storeyed building and it is separated from the latter by open space, To the southwest stands a seven. storeyed building ‘Baba Atal’. This building was built in memory of Atal Rai, the son of Guru Har Govind. It is the highest building in Amritsar.
Pilgrims from all over the country visit this holy shrine. Even the sightseers from all over the world visit this shrine and they are enchanted by the beauty of the buildings and the spiritual sermons emerging out of the shrine on the days of the festival.
On the Diwali day, the holy shrine presents a charming sight. The whole building is lit up with thousands of lamps. The reflection of these bulbs adds the beauty of the sight. Amritsar is a holy city where millions of devotees throng every year to pay homage to the great Gurus.
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