How much do we, as Indians, know about the Taj Mahal? All of us call it a symbol of love and it is often a favourite for couples in love. But there is a lot more to it than just that. Read on!
1. The Taj Mahal was constructed in the span of 22 years from 1632 – 1653.
2. The architecture is a combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles of architecture. The name of the architect is Ahmed Lahauri.
3. The Taj was Shah Jahan’s imagination of Mumtaz home in paradise. Around 20,000 people worked day and night for twenty-two years for completion of this construction of the Taj Mahal.
4. The overall cost for construction of the Taj Mahal was around Rs.320 million.The Taj Mahal was constructed using the best quality marble from Rajasthan, Tibet, Afghanistan and China.
5. Taj Mahal shows a change in colour in the day . Some believe that these changing colours depict the changing moods of a woman. People say that Shah Jahan was planning to construct a black Taj Mahal across the Yamuna, this is not true.
6. Some also say that after the construction of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan cut off the hands of all the workers so that such a structure could not be built again. Fortunately, this is not true.
7. The Taj Mahal has a mosque in its premises, which is why the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays and only those going for customary prayers are permitted inside the Taj Mahal.
8. It is said that Shah Jahan approached the Taj Mahal on a boat which would sail down the River Yamuna which flows behind the Taj Mahal.
9. By the late 19th century, the Taj Mahal had been defaced by the British soldiers who chiselled out precious stones from the walls of the monument. After the 19th century, British Viceroy, Lord Curzon, ordered a restoration of the monument and also gifted a large lamp which hangs in the interior chambers of the Taj Mahal.
10. In 2000, an Indian writer P.N. Oak claimed that the Taj Mahal was actually a Shiv Temple and filed a petition with the Supreme Court of India to excavate the site of the Taj to look for proof. His petition was rejected by the Supreme Court.
11. India’s’ Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, referred to the Taj Mahal as a “teardrop on the cheek of time”.
12. The calligraphy on the tomb of Mumtaz identifies and praises her.
13. The four minarets of the Taj Mahal have been constructed slightly outside of the plinth so that in case the minarets fell, they would fall away and not on the main structure.
14. .After his death, Shah Jahan was laid to rest in the Taj Mahal besides the tomb of his wife Mumtaz.
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