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The day we were at Taj Mahal, it was rainy and we could see the dome glittering under the sunlight just for a few minutes.
So I tried to take a different shot; something related to the rain and the raindrops.
The rain has a special place in Persian poetry. For example a notable Persian poet Sohrab Sepehri(1928-1980) in one of his poems -the footsteps of water- says:
...
I washed my eyes, I see otherwise.
And I must wash the words:
Words should be the mere sense of the wind,
The true essence of the rain.

And we must close umbrellas,
We must stay under the stroke of drops of rain.
And we must take, all together,
the mind, the memory and the heart
to the rite of descending water.
...
The complete poem
Translated by Maryam Dilmaghani
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Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. It is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his Persian wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. In 1983, Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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