Inside the mosque adjacent to the great Taj Mahal there is a
ceiling pattern high up in the apex of the roof: A complex,
geometrical, radiating pattern created from intersecting arcs.
Geometry was never just an adornment in Mughal style, it was a
means of evoking a world beyond earthly experience. The universe
was deemed to have a mathematical basis and so, by incorporating
this, it gave the works of man a transcendent quality - a true
heaven on earth.
I remember being there at Divali (when India is lit by candles
and fireworks), each candle twinkling like a diamond. This was the
reason why I set my Taj Mahal with a pave of diamonds, in two
layers, cementing that love, each in harmony with one another.