Facts about Taj Mahal:
The Taj Mahal is the most majestic and the most appealing monument of the modern Indian history. So, are the facts associated with its making and the makers. Built in the middle of 17th century AD in Agra by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this mausoleum is equipped with many unknown amazing facts. Let me give you some of the best hidden truths about this epic monument,so that you plan your amazing trip to the city of love, Agra.
Facts about the architects, painters, calligraphers, craftsmen and other similar laborers
- The chief architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahuri was a native from Persia (now Iran). He employed a variety of labor and craftsmen to shape this epic model of the modern history. These were the painters, calligraphers, stone workers and many similar labor staff, who worked nearly for 20 years to design the Taj Mahal.
- The myth of cutting the hands of the laborers by the Emperor Shah Jahan holds no proof, as the same workers were employed to build other important Mughal structures.
Facts about the royal family in relation to the Taj Mahal
- Mumtaj Mahal was the third and the most beloved wife of the Emperor Shah Jahan. During the birth of the fourteenth child, the Empress Mumtaz Mahal died due to massive hemorrhage (called as Post Partum Hemorrhage in medical sciences).
- Islam prohibits the decoration of the graves. So, both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal were buried in a plain crypt beneath the main inner chamber of the Taj Mahal.
Facts about the architecture of the Taj Mahal
- The construction of this epic tomb began an year after the death of Mumtaj Mahal, somewhere in the middle of 1632. It took over 20 years to complete the project. This astounding piece of architecture stood at an estimated construction cost of 30 million Indian Rupees. This huge sum would cost over one Billion Dollars of today’s value of money.
- During the construction of the Taj Mahal, over 1000 elephants were used for the transportation of heavy materials from the place of origin to the site of construction.
- A large variety of precious and semiprecious jewels were embedded in the white marble. They were transported from China, Tibet, and Afghanistan. The main building material, the white marble was transported from Rajasthan.
- Taj is one of the most symmetrical structures of the world but the four minarets (towers) are placed at a unique angle than the usual. They were constructed at an angle away from the main tomb as a safety measure so that if any of them fell, they would fall away from the tomb.
- A list of New 7 Wonders of the World was declared in 2007, voting Taj Mahal into a new spotlight.
- It is known that the foundation of the Taj Mahal is of timber and woods. It could have rotten over the time and the building would have collapsed. But, Yamuna river kept it moist and the woods didn’t collapse due to its flow.
- The last but not the least. The architects were so perfect that they designed the gate of Taj in such a manner using the optical trick, that the closer you move towards the tomb, it seems to go farther and gets smaller. While the opposite is true. When you leave the Taj Mahal through the gate, it keeps coming after you and seems to enlarge in size. So, we hear the guides say, when you leave, you take the Taj with you in your heart!
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