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359th Urs of Shah Jahan held in May

Posted on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:40 by easytours
 
For the 359th year, Agra commemorated the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan with a three day celebration at the Taj Mahal marking the anniversary of the ruler’s death in a ceremony known as an Urs.

The Taj Mahal in Agra is marvel of Mughal architecture commissioned by Shah Jahan.

Shah Jahan’s cenotaph (a gazebo-like memorial) was wrapped in a 2,400 foot-long muslin cloth, called a chadar, as part of the memorial celebration that opened the Taj to muslin cloth, called a chadar, as part of the memorial celebration that opened the Taj to the public for free during the ritual mourning period.

The Taj Mahal At Sunrise
The Taj Mahal At Sunrise

Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tusi of Hyderabad, who claims to be the heir of the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, comes to the mourning ceremony annually on a prayer pilgrimage.

Shah Jahan ruled the Mughal Empire for 30 years before dying in 1666. His rule is considered the zenith of Mughal architecture, and his finest work, the Taj Mahal, was built as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal.