Till 1970s, Taj was considered as a ultimate symbol like love and devotion. Many Hindu households had framed posters and soapstone miniature replicas. A gift having image of Taj in weddings was must. Girls used to do embroidery on pillow covers, table mats. A photo of newly wed couple with Taj in background was must. There is one specific bench in foreground of Taj for purpose. This was prevalent in and around Agra. Then gradually this became a symbol of Islam and a tomb. Now Taj has almost disappeared from Hindu houses. The collection of photos in your essay is beautiful and apt to content. Thanks for sharing.
I saw the Taj by full moon in 1950,have slides from then and with my husband and son in l965;pictures also with grandsons in 2003. later had art history lectures. It transcends the cliche that it is thought to be and ever floats in memory. Thanks for a wonderful essay, and especially the posters.