Taj Mahal is one of the seventh wonders of the world. It has a glorious structure, built with white marble, and symbolizes purity, love and respect. The Taj Mahal situated in Agra (India). There are many stories about this wonder but we can tell you some interesting facts about Taj Mahal.
Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife
Mughal emperor shah Jahan had built Taj Mahal in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz was giving birth to the child of emperor, and she died in the process. This was happen in 1631. The emperor is very depressed on her death, and decided to build a memorable structure name Taj Mahal for her beloved wife.
Time and cost
The construction of this wonder was begun in 1632 and completed in 1653. It took almost 22 years to complete this outstanding piece of architecture. At that time, the estimated cost was about Rs. 32 million. It is a huge amount of money at that time used to construct this kind of love symbol.
The architect name Ahmed Lahori was the designer of Taj Mahal. He put more than twenty thousand people into building the Taj Mahal. In this counting all the labors, stonecutters, embroidery artists and many others were included. Even animals have played a vital role in the construction of this Mahal like elephants and horses.
White marble is used in majority to construct it. But not only white marble, more than 25 different types of precious stones were also used in construction. The white marble was brought from Rajasthan, Afghanistan, Tibet and from some other places.
Most amazing structure
The Taj Mahal in one of the world’s most symmetrical structures. It has all four sides perfectly identical. It has one large tomb with two small tombs. The four minarets were built at the edge of the plinth as if they fell; they would not upon the main structure. They are same in height and design.
Different colors on different times
Did you know that the Taj Mahal change in colors in different times of the day and moon light. In the early morning, it assumes a shy pinkish hue, which glow white in the noon and turns a burnished golden at night in moon light. It shows a great art used to construct Taj Mahal.
Emperor after death
The Emperor shah Jahan lies in peace beside his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal inside Taj Mahal, which show a great love between them.
Taj Mahal is a famous Indian landmark and tourist magnet, attracting more than a million tourists every year. Especially lover from all around the world dream to visit such a wonderful place.
Many of the precious stones on the mausoleum were ripped off from the walls of the mausoleum by the British army during the Indian rebellion of 1857. This attack on the Mahal partially damaged it.
Shah Jahan was not allowed to enter the Taj Mahal
Almost nine years before the death of Shah Jahan, he fell gravely ill. When Shah Jahan unexpectedly recovered, it was too late. Two of his sons name Dara and Aurangzeb, had begun fighting. Shah Jahan sided with Dara, but he is defeated and killed by Aurangzeb. Shah Jahan was not allowed to visit the Taj Mahal for the remainder of his life.