Taj Mahal | Interesting facts about Taj Mahal
Here you will find interesting facts about Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. This Ivory white marble mausoleum was started in 1632 and was completed in 1653. Which means it took almost 22 years to complete. Shah Jahan built the palace in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. He had seven wives. Mumtaz was his favorite wife among his seven wives. 22000 artists were employed for the construction project under the court of architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Shah Jahan was miserable after the death of his beloved wife. So, he built this beautiful palace which turned into one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world heritage.
Known as the “Crown of the Palaces”, it is the epitome of love. The cost of the project is estimated to be around 32 million rupees in the Mughal period and its 70 billion rupees at present. Taj is also known as the “Jewel of Muslim art in India”. In 1983, Taj was listed as one of the “UNESCO World Heritage Site” and one of the “Seven Wonders of the world” in 2007.
Interesting facts about the Taj Mahal
- It is rumored that the emperor ordered to cut off the hands of the artists and workers of the Taj Mahal after the completion of the palace. It is said that Shah Jahan did not want that anything as beautiful as the Taj Mahal ever could be built again. But there is no proof of these rumors.
- Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh was the place where Mumtaz took her last breath during childbearing. Thus Burhanpur was the first choice of Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal was not supposed to be built in Agra. But due to a lack of supply of white Marble, it was built in Agra.
- The construction materials were transported by 1000 elephants to the construction site.
- Most of us are curious about what is inside the palace? Inside the Taj Mahal, there is the Tomb of Shah Jahan next to the tomb of Mumtaz.
- Quran verses are inscribed on the walls of the Taj Mahal and also on the tombs of King Shah Jahan and Mumtaz.
- The amazing sight you can have is changing colors. Due to the unique marbles used to build the Taj, it reflects the color as the light falls onto it. The Taj changes its colors at different times. It appears to be pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden in the moonlight.
- The four pillars are tilted outwards to protect the main tombs. So that an earthquake, would not damage the tomb.
- Shah Jahan’s other six wives and his favorite servants were also buried around the Taj Mahal complex.
- The palace was carved by the 28 varieties of precious stones. It is said that British Army ripped off the stones in 1857 during the Indian rebellion.
- Every four to eight million tourists visit this amazing wonder, to experience how far a human can go for their love. And I hope these interesting facts have inspired you to visit the Taj Mahal and experience its amazing beauty.
Shah Jahan wanted to build another Taj Mahal in black color. But due to the conflict between his own sons, he could not build another Taj. He watched the Taj till his last breath. Thus the palace is the symbol of love and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Lovers give the example of the great love remembering the Taj. Also, its art and architecture are appreciated all around the world.
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