Photographer's Note

I walked from the western gateway east, then south, along the high walkways with their water channels and pool platforms in the centre. At the heart of the gardens there are lawns grazed by blackbucks, resting for the most part once the day warms up. Beyond the lawns there is a change to pleasant wilderness. Here quiet dominates and peace furnishes respite from the large crowds of tourists elsewhere in Agra; and of course, space and the beauty of the architecture.

On the 3rd of October, 1605 CE, the emperor fell ill with dysentry. He died about two weeks later, and was buried here. Under his rule, the state became secular and liberal with emphasis on achieving greater cultural integration. His social reforms included the banning of sati, legalizing the remarriage of widows, and raising the age for marriage.

And so I passed through this, the northern iwan of the southern darwaza to exit. The ASI panel at the foot of the steps says that Akbar's gift to India was that he took a mob and made it into a nation. Thus it was only fitting that he should be styled "Chakravartin (a wise ruler), Akbar the Great".

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
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