One of the seven wonders of the world, an epitome of love, a famed mausoleum, and a marvellous blending of Indian, Persian and Islamic influences is what exemplifies Taj Mahal. With all its beauty and symbolism, there lies a number of facts which are under a cover.
Here are some of them:
1. Different shades of the Taj Mahal
Alike swings in women’s mood, there are a number of shades to which the Crown of the Palace swings too! From pinkish hue in the morning to milky white in the evening and to golden in the shadow of the moon, the beautiful Mahal leaves everyone awestruck.
2. Preparation of doom before Taj stoon on its ground
With the four pillars surrounding and pointing slightly out from Taj Mahal, it was made sure that in the case of collapse, the pillars don’t fall on the dome destroying it.
3. River Yamuna is the backbone
River Yamuna is what supported Taj Mahal. Having a base of timber, the wood would have weakened and got deteriorated leading to collapse of Taj Mahal.
Based on the principle of self-replica, everything in Taj Mahal is symmetric which creates a special mirroring effect adding to its glory.The grave is the only part of the monument which is not balanced.
5. Gems and stones that stun
With more than 28 precious and semi-precious stones engraved on the walls of Taj, it leaves everyone splendid with its inset.
6. Cost of ‘Crown of the Palace’
With tonnes of marbles, gems, human labour as well as elephant labour inputs, this magnificent Mahal that time was built at a fancy price of around 32 million USD.
7. Lord Shiva’s Temple or a Mausoleum?
Prof. P. N. Oak challenged the fact that Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz’s tomb but instead an ancient Hindu Temple which was taken by Shah Jahan from the king of Jaipur, Raja Jai Singh.
8. A Black Taj Mahal
Shah Jahan wanted to build a black Taj Mahal right in front of white Taj Mahal where he wanted to get himself buried and he wanted the two monuments to be connected by the bridge. Well, the war for throne amongst his sons led to his as well as black Taj’s demise.
9. Transformed palace garden
Under British Imperialism, the palace garden had a transformation from having originally flower beds of roses and daffodils to typical British Garden.
10. At times of war
Taj Mahal being amongst the seven wonders of the world is very vulnerable at times of attacks and wars. Henceforth to protect it at the time of World War 2, the whole of Taj was covered with thick layering of bamboo scaffolds to make it look like bamboo stockpile.