Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Genuine and Amazing Facts about Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal In Day Time
Taj Mahal, once the seventh wonder of the World is known as the symbol of pure love and the unique example of beautiful art and architecture. It was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 because of its charismatic architectural composition. As we all know, it was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal to praise her eternal beauty and his endless love. Taj Mahal is situated in Agra in the state Uttar Pradesh in the northern Indian. Located on the bank of river Yamuna, this magnificent white marbled building has many stories behind it.

Beautiful View Of Taj Mahal
People come from all over the world to visit the Taj and find this beauty seamless and pleasant to their eyes. However, many of them are unaware of various facts and stories that are attached with this building. It has been said that after designing the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan, ordered to cut off the hands of all the workers who worked to build this building so that they can never create its replica. The other amazing fact is that when Mumtaz Mahal was alive, she took a promise from her husband whom he would build a mausoleum for her after she dies. Shah Jahan kept his promise and when his wife died, after giving birth to his fourteenth child, he declared to build the epitome of love for her, and the construction started in 1631. It took 22 years to finish the task with more than twenty thousand workers working on it, and it was completed in 1653. As soon as the Taj Mahal’s construction got completed, Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb imprisoned his father in the Agra Fort, which is a little far from the Taj Mahal on the other side of river Yamuna. Shah Jahan used to watch the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort in the memory of his wife during his imprisonment.

Interior Of Taj Mahal
A Gate Of Taj Mahal
Royal Fountain for Bath In Taj Mahal
Ceiling Of Taj Mahal
The design of the symbol of love is a combination of Mughal and Persian architecture. Building has four corners like other Islamic structures and four minarets, which are about 40 metres in height. The white marble used in the construction of Taj Mahal was produced from Rajasthan. At that time, transportation was done on the thousands of elephants. The walls of Taj were filled with precious gemstones from inside like sapphires, jades, garnets, ambers and topaz, which were brought from all over Asia. However, most of the gemstones were taken by British when they ruled India for about 100 years. There are other mausoleums of red sandstones, which are of other wives of Shah Jahan. This fact is not known by many people.
A Distant View Of Taj
There are many other amazing facts about Taj that Emperor was also planning to build the other Taj with same architecture on the other side of Yamuna, but his dispute with his son leads to the crash of his plan. People also said that the Taj Mahal was sinking into the river Yamuna with each year passing by. A very interesting myth suggests that colour changes in Taj are related to the different moods of a woman. Another thing related to the Taj Mahal is that European says that Taj Mahal was originally designed by an Italian architect, Geronimo Veroneo.

Facts and myths will continue to be built and leave people in a dilemma, but the beauty of this magnificent building would never fail to mesmerize you. Daily hundred of visitors come to explore the beauty of Taj Mahal .

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  1. One of those places I GENUINELY want to see in person.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. I was privileged to visit the Taj Mahal recently. It is indeed an amazing structure within a fascinating complex.

  3. So beautiful. Would love to visit one day soon !

  4. I had fallen in love with the Taj Mahal from the moment I set eyes on it...The first glimpse through the red stone monuments ..