8 Mysterious facts about Taj Mahal

Tajmahal is one the Seven Wonders of the World and also known as the symbol of Love. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th Century.  Following are some mysterious facts about Taj Mahal that might surprise you.

1. Calligraphy

taj-mahal-calligraphyThere are 99 names of Allah written on the interior and exterior of Taj Mahal with beautiful calligraphy. People from all over the world admire this calligraphy and architecture of Taj Mahal. The beauty of this calligraphy is breath taking.

2. Changing colors

taj-mahal-at-sunrise-michele-burgessOnly a few people know that with the different sun light, Taj Mahal changes beautiful colors. It is believed that this change of colors is symbolic of the changing moods of a woman. In the morning, it appears somewhat pinkish in color, while in the evening it looks milky white. These colors add to the incomparable beauty of Taj Mahal.

3. 32 Million Indian Rupees 300 years Ago

rupeeMughalIsn’t it shocking! It took 22000 workers and around 32 million rupees in the construction of Taj Mahal. More than 1000 elephants were used to carry the marbles for this monument. It took almost 17 years to complete the construction. Some of the precious gems were taken away by the Britishers during the 1857 rebellion.

4. The Four Minarets

taj-mahalTaj Mahal has four minarets, which are slightly tilted. The reason behind this is the prevention against earthquake. It might have been built a long way back but the strategies were wise.

5. Secret passages

TajmahalIt is said that there are secret rooms and passages inside Taj Mahal. These rooms have been sealed since the time of Shah Jahan. Even now these are sealed by the government.

6. Stream of water

tajmahal4-carouselThere is a small stream of water inside the monument. It is believed that the source of this stream is still unknown. This remains a mystery for all until now.

7. Perfectly symmetrical

tajmahal planThe Tajmahal is perfectly symmetrical. Its minarets, walls, rooms and even gardens follow a perfect symmetry. Only the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal are not symmetrical. The tomb of Shah Jahan is slightly elevated and larger than that of his wife.

8. Religious conflicts

tajphoto017Many religious conflicts surround this popular historical monument. Many people believe that it was originally a temple of Lord Shiva. The rooms that are sealed have the statues of Lord Shiva inside them. Government also doesn’t want any further conflicts to arise therefore the rooms are sealed. Investigating further into this matter might give birth to Hindu-Muslim conflicts.
There can’t be any historical monument in India without mysteries. There must be some hidden treasures, secret rooms and passages, unknown stories etc. Tajmahal is no exception. People claim that it was built even before the Mughals invaded India. No matter what…the monument is known as the epitome of Love all over the world. People come from far away places to admire the beauty of Taj Mahal.

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