Friday Foto Finder – Dedication


I sat and thought about this long and hard and after sifting through my photos I decided that when it comes to dedications – there’s only one photo I have that properly fits the bill.
The Taj Mahal is a marble mausoleum built by the Mughal emperor Shar Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Muhal. 
In 1631 the emperor was grief stricken when his wife died during the birth of his 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction began in 1632 with the principle mausoleum being completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. Emperor Shar Jahan described the Taj in these words:

Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.


That’s enough Wikipedia for now.

Basically I feel that to build a tomb of such proportions shows a certain <b> dedication </b> to a person and their memory. Sure, you can say it’s extravagant, costly and wholly unnecessary, but as a symbol to the power of love between two people — there’s not much that can better that.



6 Responses

  1. You have not said one word with which I can disagree. This is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world.

    • There is so much more to the Taj than is commonly seen. We’ve all seen the infamous Princess Diana picture where she’s sat in front of the Taj with the pools behind her and I wanted to post a picture from a slightly different angle.

      I have several others which, in the fullness of time, I shall post with an appropriate write up of my experience.

      It’s a shame that they wouldn’t allow you to photograph the inside where the walls are lined with semi-precious stones. Understandable though, it is a tomb after all.


  2. I wholeheartedly agree. This is true dedication.

  3. Beautiful! You couldn’t make a much bigger dedication to the love of your life.

  4. You are right, this is one of the world’s main images of dedication. I love the perspectivie in your photo.

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