A few months back I was sitting in front of the greatest work of Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal and mumbling the famous song of Rafi “hum bekhudi mein tum ko pukare chale gaye ” … it was raining and I cried like a kid. I felt that my soul was roaming that era when Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb at Red fort and might be gazed at his beloved creation from there. The heart-touching story and the heart-touching tomb with excellent artwork. I tried to forget Taj and its past but the unknown mystery attracted me so much that I started researching it and the more I found facts, I was amazed by the secret of this surreal beauty. Here are my 10 unknown true facts about the world’s wonder – the Taj Mahal, you never heard of.
Mumtaz Mahal was Shah Jahan’s third wife and was engaged to him when she was just 19 and he was 20. In their 19 years of marriage, she bore 14 children, persevering through a pregnancy consistently, till she kicked the bucket bringing birth to her fourteenth. She passed of postpartum haemorrhage because of the multiple, back-to-back pregnancies, she was forced to endure.
The helpless woman, for adoration, finally ran out of luck (breath) and died during her 14th delivery. To get rid of guilt pressure Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his “beloved” wife Mumtaz.
Likewise, earlier Mumtaz had married another man who was evidently executed by Shah Jahan, with the goal that he can wed Mumtaz yet after soon Mumtaz’s demise he again wedded her own sister.
Now, it is truly contemplating whether Khurram otherwise known as Shah Jahan in his entire lifetime, truly loved Arjumand Banu aka Mumtaz Mahal out of 2000 ladies from his harem.
Ustad Ahmad Lahouri and Ustad Isa were the two main architects who created the Taj Mahal in the period of 1631 to 1651 and supervised 20,000 workers. It is a myth that Shah Jahan chopped the arms of the two in fact Chief architects were granted villages to upkeep their expenses by revenue collected from villages, a privilege which was later withdrawn by Aurangzeb. Labourers also were paid a heft amount in exchange for a promise that they won’t work for anyone else but Sahajahan.
There are different facts are described by different people from time to time about Taj. The most prominent one quoted by Harishankar Jain in 1989 from historian PN Oak’s book Taj Mahal is that the monument was built in 1155, decades before the Muslim invasion of India. He said its name is a corrupt form of the Sanskrit term ‘Tejo Mahalay’, signifying a Shiva Temple created by King Paramatheertha.
Inside the Taj Mahal, the cenotaphs honouring Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are encased in an eight-sided chamber ornamented with pietra dura (a decorate with semi-valuable stones) and a marble cross-section screen. In any case, the beautiful landmarks are only to look good: The sarcophagi are in a peaceful room underneath, at the garden level. Notwithstanding, Shah Jahan’s cenotaph is unconventionally situated west of the central axis, throwing off the equilibrium. The odd position has persuaded he never intended to be buried there.
One of the facts of the Taj Mahal is that it’s a constantly changing hue. From dawn to dusk, the sun transforms the mausoleum. It may seem pearly off-white and pink at sunrises, dazzling white at noons, and an orange-bronze when the sunsets. In the evenings, the Taj can appear transparent sky blue.
Be careful before planning to see Taj on weekends, Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for tourists.
Yes, the Taj Mahal has 120 rooms. The place contains a hall of mirrors or sheesh mahal and the Savon Bhadon pavilion, an elaborate fountain-like structure that simulated the effect of rain. The main entrance is a seven-storied structure.
Mumtaz Mahal was buried in Jan 1632, six months after she passed away on Wednesday 17th June 1631. It is said that her body was preserved according to the Unani method and kept in a small tomb in Burhanpur. The body was first kept in a tin box, then later it shifted to a wooden box. Both the tin box and wooden box were filled with the ash of Babul tree, Mehendi, camphor, ash of sandals wood and layers of camphor. These herbs prevent the decay of the body. So in that sense now I am wondering if her body is still the same. What if it could turn into a Mummy??
Just say it proper away, yes, the black Taj Mahal is a pure myth that not only never existed but was never intended in the plans of Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan only made a plan to create the Taj Mahal, not any other replica.
Believe it or not, it’s true that the Taj Mahal is taller than the Qutub Minar. While researching results I found both of them to be 73 meters or 240 feet tall, but the Taj surpasses the Qutub by about 5 feet in real.