Architecture | Symbolism of Islamic Gardens

I’ve never thought very deeply or paid any special attention to the significance of Mughal or Islamic Gardens. My niece got interested in it and asked me a few questions about them, which led me to study these in some detail, and amongst other articles, I found this one.

“The garden in Islam also serves as a reminder of both the immanence and the transcendence of God. The great love and knowledge of plants, flowers and trees in, for instance, Islamic Spain and Mughal India, was a love born of the deep belief that the beauty of nature was a reflection of a transcendent truth; these plants and flowers are the shadow of their heavenly archetypes, their beauty a radiation of God’s glory on earth.

Water – cooling, cleansing and purifying – is at the centre of the garden, the courtyard and the mosque. In a traditional society there is no separation between the sacred and the profane and water is the supreme example of this, reminding us that man is at once body, soul and spirit, and that the outward habits by which we live cannot be disassociated from the inward.”

(Via The Symbolism of the Islamic Garden | Islamic Arts and Architecture.)

Español: Taj Mahal, Agra, India - foto con ref...
Español: Taj Mahal, Agra, India – foto con reflejo en el agua. Português: Taj Mahal, Agra, Índia. Foto do monumento e seu reflexo na água. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Islamic Gardens are a wonderful example of sacred architecture rendered with the devotion and spiritual connection that man has strived for.

 

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