English_Master December 21, 2015 No Comments
MUGHAL ARCHITECTURE The Mughal Architecture developed as a distinct style in India in the 16th century during the Mughal period. It developed as an art that encompassed both Persian and Indian architecture. One can see many examples of the Mughal architecture in North India, the most famous among them being the Taj Mahal. The Mughals loved colourful decorations. Typical Persian embellishments included Islamic elements like line arabesque, stalactite, geometrical designs and calligraphy. However, at the time of their invasion into India, most Indian palaces and temples were decorated with sculptures and carvings that included symbols and representations of nature and animals. The two arts were very distinct. Islam prohibits the depiction of animal motifs. However, Babur was a liberal king and he encouraged the use of Indian form of art in his Islamic buildings. Akbar inherited his father’s broad vision. In fact, he was even more generous and tolerant towards the adoption of ancient Indian culture in the forts and palaces that he built. For instance motifs like the chain and the bell, which is a very typical Hindu symbol depicting the invoking of gods with the ringing of bells have been found in the Jodha Bai palace and the mosque built inside Fatehpur Sikri. At the time of...
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