Taj Mahal - one of the wonders of the world. A place, which was an identity (sometimes the sole one) of India and its heritage. There was a time when India was known to the world outside only for the Mahatma and the Taj. Such was and is the popularity of this magnificent sculpture. I have been one of the fortunate ones to have seen the eternal beauty that it is.
Ek Shehenshah ne banwa ke hasin Taj Mahal,
Saari duniya ko mohabbat ki nishani di hai
The Taj Mahal in India has been called a poem in stone, a moon-white dream, a tear on the face of humanity. It is seen as the ultimate symbol of love and has been the subject of many a poems and "shers"
Taj Mahal is a symbol of Love
The love of a king for his queen.
Here lovers meet by moonlit nights
Lovers- Unsung! Unseen
- Syed Mohammad
tum jo hansti ho to mastana kanwal lagti ho...
meer ka shair ho ghaalib ki ghazal lagti hoo...
sang-e-mar-mar say tarasha hua shaffaf badan
saans leta hua ek taj mahal lagti ho...
- Sahir Ludhianwi
taj nagma hain mohabbat ke dhadakte saaz ka
yeh hai woh aaina jisme aks hain
The Taj Mahal however has also attracted its share of controversies:
- Was the Taj Mahal a Vedic Temple? Is it Taj Mahal or Tejo Mahalaya?
- The Taj Mahal is sinking
- The Taj Heritage Corridor Project
- The Taj ownership row with the Prince
- The Taj ownership issue with the Waqf
Hence I say "wah India boliye!"
But a silver lining of hope does exist when the Muslim League says that Taj Mahal is national property
I sincerely hope that common sense prevails and we all are saved of the ugly war that such controversies tend towards in our secular India
As much as Taj is the love metaphorized, here are a few intersting lines in the end
Ik Shehnsha ne banwa ke hasin taj mahal
hum garibon kee mohabat ka urhaya hai majak
Meri mehboob kahin aur mila kar mujh se!
An emperor had the beautiful Taj Mahal built
to make fun of love and emotions of poor people like us.
My love meet me some where else than Taj Mahal!