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How many of the gazillion visitors to the Taj Mahal would remember the mosque inside the Taj complex? My guess would be very few, and perhaps the main reason would be the awe inspiring presence of the Taj itself, that other buildings actually seem to melt away from the memory.

In this picture, framed by the North Western minaret and the Northern face of Taj Mahal itself, is the red sandstone structure of the Taj Mahal Mosque, located at the far west end of the Taj Mahal complex. Its back is parallel to the western wall of the Taj Mahal complex. This is pursuant to Islamic rules requiring that mosques should face towards Mecca.

On the eastern and western flanks of the Taj Mahal complex, are two grand red sandstone buildings that are open to the sides of the tomb. Their backs are parallel the western and eastern walls, and the two buildings are precise mirror images of each other. The western building is the Taj mosque and the other is the jawab (answer) , whose primary purpose was architectural balance, although it may have been used as a guesthouse. Red sandstone, same as used in the construction of the Agra fort, was used to construct two outlying, flanking buildings on either side of the Taj Mahal. The distinctions between these two buildings include the lack of mihrab (a niche in a mosque's wall facing Mecca) in the jawab and that the floors of jawab have a geometric design, while the mosque floor was laid with outlines of 569 prayer rugs in black marble. The mosque's basic design of a long hall surmounted by three domes is similar to others built by Shah Jahan, particularly to his Jama Masjid in Delhi. These outlying buildings were completed in 1643.

The Taj Mahal Mosque or Masjid is made from red sandstone measures 210 feet in length and 90 feet in width. Three marble-coated domes on the roof complement the arches below. The top of the domes are cloaked with inverted lotus-shaped designs surmounted by gilded finials.

The Taj Mosque is obviously for prayer purposes. It also in compliance with the law of Islam requiring all tombs and mausoleums to have an adjoining place of prayer

Took this shot post sunset. This is a cropped shot resulting from correcting the distortion. The original shot is here

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