If you take the trouble to go all the way from the US to #India , you pretty much have to go see the Taj Mahal. It’s kind of a pain because it’s a 4-5 hour drive from #Delhi and there really isn’t that much more to do there. But… it’s the Taj Mahal — the tribute that Shah Jahan built as a mausoleum for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after she died in childbirth with his 14th child.
The building is perfectly symmetrical with one exception — Jahan’s tomb which was added after his death. The minarets are tilted slightly outward, away from the building so that they would not fall onto the building if they were topped for any reason. The inlaid script on the minarets is scaled so that the letters don’t appear to get smaller at the top if you’re standing at the bottom, looking up.
It was built in the 17th century, took 20,000 artisans (notice these weren’t just laborers), a bunch of elephants to carry the stone and would cost approximately $560,000,000 if it were built today.
My mother had been there around six months before I was going and she said that I absolutely, positively HAD to go to the Taj Mahal. I don’t always listen to her, but I did this time. When I got there, before going through the entryway, I saw some monkeys off to the left. It kind of doesn’t matter where I am in the world, but when I see animals or birds, I am like a child. “Look! Monkeys!” And off I went to photograph the monkeys, ignoring the Taj Mahal entirely until I had gotten the shots of the monkeys! Maybe I’ll post one or two of those in the next few days. But, as my introduction to the Taj Mahal, I thought it would make more sense to actually have a picture of the Taj.
Back-to-back concerts the last two nights with @worshipontherocks and @needtobreathe. I got to see my friends in @redrocksworship perform on stage, and I got to share in fellowship with lots of amazing friends. God is good, and His people are moving powerfully bringing Heaven to earth!