Taj Mahal, the architectural marvel, is enhanced by a building that stands on its western side. Made up of red sandstone, the mosque serves two purposes. As per the Muslim law, having a place of worship near a mausoleum is a must.
Taj Mahal Mosque Exterior
Built by Isa Mohammad, the mosque faces the direction of Kaaba in Mecca, the holy city of Muslims. There are two small arches on either sides of Iwan, a dominant portal on the exterior of the mosque.
Taj Mahal Mosque Interior
A visually appealing and elegantly designed floor, made up of a velvety red material welcomes the visitors. One can make out that it serves the purpose of prayer mats in a clearly defined manner. In total, there are 569 such prayer mats.
Delicate calligraphy is inscribed in the interiors of the mosque wherein the name of Allah and quotations from the Holy book Quran has been mentioned. The presence of Minbar and Mihrab is what makes the mosque visually different from the guest house that stands opposite to it.
The Mihrab is an enclosure that points towards the direction where Mecca is and where Muslims must face to perform salat or prayers. A Minbar is a place from which the priest speaks.
Also, the temporary grave of Mumtaz Mahal, where her remains were kept for some time when they were brought to Agra until they found a place to rest eternally lies here in the mosque. This space of 19 feet by 6.5 feet which is enclosed by stones is located towards the west side of the boundary wall near the well. From this place, her remains were shifted to Taj Mahal.
The verses from the Holy Quran and the name of Allah have been inscribed copiously on the exteriors as well as in the interiors of the mosque. In the front of the mosque, there is a platform made up of red sandstone. One can see the reflection of Taj Mahal on a vibrantly polished piece of marble that is so well fitted that it works like a mirror.