Everyone midst us know that Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and that it was built by the legendary Moghul emperor, Shah Jahan. However here are twenty facts about the same historical monument that will make you go ‘OMG’ from ‘Awww’.
1. The Taj is built on three layers of platform; Rocks, Mortar and Stones to make sure that it stays protected all the time from damp and decay.
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2. Taj Mahal is surrounded by four pillars and these are constructed in such a manner that all of them lean outward.
These are designed in such a manner to protect the main monument from damage in-case of a natural calamity like earthquake.
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3. It took Shah Jahan 22 years to complete the construction of the Taj Mahal. It’s also estimated that around 32 million of Indian currency was put into it during the time of construction.
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4. About 28 different varieties of marbles were imported by Shah Jahan for Taj Mahal. It’s said that the base of the monument alone was laid and worked-on for weeks.
5. Emperor Shah Jahan imported stones from Tibet, crystals from China and the best of jades and emeralds from Sri Lanka for decorating the Taj Mahal magnificently.
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6. The architecture of Taj Mahal is said to be globally inspired. To make it highly magnificent, four different architectural styles were used in it.
It’s the amalgamation of Persian architecture, Turk architecture, Indian architecture and Islamic architecture; all woven into one.
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7. The foundation of Taj Mahal is laid on timber. River Yamuna keeps the base strong and moist by anointing it at regular intervals which is why the great monument isn’t eroding with time.
8. The Taj Mahal is way taller than Qutub Minar. It is approximately about 5 feet taller than Qutub minnar.
9. It’s revealed that around 12,000 visitors flock to see the great monument everyday.
10. Taj changes color with time. It appears to be light pink in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden white at night.
11. The Taj is constructed in such a way that it grows bigger as you walk away and smaller as you get closer to the gate. It’s to signify that anybody who visits takes after a piece of the magnificent Taj with them.
12. The actual graves are not visible to the public. They are laid about seven feet below the ground. Only the facade placed above the tombs are now visible to the public.
13. Taj is built in such a manner that the tombs are exactly symmetrical. Though the male tomb is bigger than the female tomb, they are built perfect symmetrical to each other.
14. The site on which Taj was built was originally owned by Raja Jai Singh. Shah Jahan borrowed the same and gave him a land in the middle of the city of Agra.
15. The legend that states emperor Shah Jahan chopped off the arms of people who created the Taj but it’s all a old-wive’s tale and hasn’t been proven yet.
16. Numerous passages from Quran has been inscribed all over the walls of Taj. Mumtaz’s tomb is said to be inscribed with 99 names of Allah along it’s sides.
17. Indian historian, Professor P.N.Oak claimed that the monument was initially a Hindu temple called- ‘Tejo Mahalya’. He has even elaborated more about it in his book- ‘Taj Mahal- The True Story’.
He filed a petition with the government for archaeological examination of the site. It was rejected due to lack of concrete reasons. However the theory is neither proved nor rejected till date.
18. Mumtaz Mahal’s body was kept mummified till the construction of the monument was completed. It’s buzzed that Shah Jahan bought in Yunani doctors to preserve her body.
19. Legend states that Shah Jahan wanted to build a black Taj Mahal as well. However before he could do so, his son Aurangazeb overthrew him.
20. When Taj was originally designed it had about 16 flowerbeds which were later replaced with ornate gardens by the British in the name of restoration.
Even today, one can see the influence and touche of British upon the monument.
Looks like there’s more to it than what meets the eye? Isn’t it? Do let us know in comments.