Some Interesting Facts You Should Know About the Taj Mahal

  • The Taj Mahal appears in different colors depending upon what time of the day it is. It appears pink in the morning, white in the day time and changes its color into golden in the full moon night. Interestingly, the changing patterns of the color signify different moods of a woman.
  • For the transportation of the materials required in the construction more than 1000 elephants were used.
  • Shah Jahan gave the name “Taj Mahal” to the monument after the death of his wife Arjumand Bano Begum whom he christened as Mumtaz Mahal after their marriage. The meaning of her name was- “Chosen one of the Palace” or “Jewel of the Palace”.
  • About 28 different varieties of semi-precious and precious stones were used to adorn the Taj with exquisite craftsmanship. Over the years and through a number of wars and pillages these jewels were removed but the remnants can still be found.
  • The monument was built in different stages where the plinth and the tomb took 15 years for completion. Building of minarets, mosque, jawab, and gateway took additional 5 years to be completed.
  • Different types of marbles used in construction of Taj Mahal were brought over from many different regions & countries: Rajasthan, Punjab, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Srilanka, & Arabia.
  • Although the Taj Mahal is perfectly symmetrical in every respect except for one thing- the two tombs inside are not equal in size. Since it is believed that the male tomb had to be larger than the female tomb.
  • The most interesting fact is that the exterior pillars were placed at an outward tilt, so if an earthquake occurred the fall of the pillars can controlled and would definitely not fall on the main tomb.
  • The most challenging fact is that the Taj Mahal is not queen Mumtaz’s tomb but an ancient temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya). Further research revealed that the Shiva Temple Palace was arrogated by Shah Jahan from Jai Singh, then Maharaja of Jaipur.
  • In Shah Jahan’s own court chronicle, “Badshahnama”, he admits that an exceptionally grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz’s burial.
  • The ex- Maharaja of Jaipur still retains that the Muslim rulers used to capture temples and mansions as a burial place for dead courtiers and royal family. Humayun, Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all buried in such mansions.
  • The name of the Taj Mahal also brings many mysteries, since the term “Mahal” has never been used for a building in any Muslim countries from Afghanistan to Algeria. This reason literally brings an illogical explanation for the term “Taj Mahal” being derived from Mumtaz Mahal. Since her name had never been Mumtaz Mahal but Mumtaz-ul-Zamani and one cannot omit the first three letters “Mum” from a woman’s name to derive the remainder as the name for the building.
  • Also, the name Mumtaz has the letter “Z” in it but the word “Taj” ends with the letter “J” in it. Further, Taj Mahal is the corrupt version of Tejo Mahalaya, or Lord Shiva’s Palace. There are several documents suggesting there was a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, worshipped by the Rajputs of the Agra city.
  • The love story of Mumtaj and Shah Jahan is a fairy tale created by court sycophants, blundering historians and saggy archaeologists. Not a single royal chronicle of Shah Jahan’s era validates for their love story.
  • More interestingly as well as surprisingly, Prof. Marvin Miller, an archeologist of New York took few samples of the riverside doorway of the Taj and the carbon testing revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan.
  • A European traveler Johan Albert Mandelslo visited Agra in 1638 (seven years after Mumtaz’s death) and had made no references of Taj Mahal being built in his memoirs describing the life of the city of Agra.
  • An English visitor to Agra named Peter Mundy suggested that the Taj was a noteworthy building well before Shah Jahan’s time when he came to Agra within a year of Mumtaz’s death.
  • In addition to this, a number of designs and architectural inconsistencies that support the belief of the Taj Mahal being a typical Hindu Temple than a mausoleum. Many rooms have remained sealed in the Taj Mahal since the time of Shah Jahan and are still inaccessible to the public.
  • It is being assumed that a headless statue of lord Shiva and other related objects of Hindu temples are contained in the sealed rooms.

 

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