The Taj Mahal, which is one of the most awe-inspiring monuments of the world, has a mosque standing upon the western side of the monument. The mosque was built because, according to the Muslim law, any mausoleum which is built should be accompanied by a mosque, which is a must and a requisite element. The mosque built along with the Taj Mahal also works as the mirror image of the guest house which is built just to its opposite side across the Taj Mahal, thus completing the bilateral symmetry of the complex. This mosque was built by Isa Mohammed and faces the direction of Kaaba in Mecca. The exterior of the mosque is adorned by the three domes that are laid out with white marble and the four domes called kiosks. This type of pattern is commonly found in the architectures of the mosques built during the times of the Mughals. The mosque also has an appealing interior and a picturesque designed floor. The floor of the mosque is built up in such a manner that it serves as the purpose of the prayer mats in the mosque. The mosque walls are intricately carved with lines from the Quran and the name of Allah has been mentioned throughout. The mosque is different to the guest house (rest room) in a way that the mosque has Minbar and Mihrab which gives it a visible distinction. The Mihrab points towards Mecca and the Minbar is the pulpit from where the priest in the mosque speaks. The roof of the mosque is strangely decorated which has a hypnotizing effect on the onlooker. In addition to all of this the mosque complex has an enclosed space of 19ft by 6.5ft, which served the purpose of a temporary grave to the Mughal empress when her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal was being built. The exterior of the mosque contain Pietra Dura decorations along with a pool in front of it, which serves as the place to perform ablution before the prayers.
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