10 Unknown True Facts About The World’s Wonder – Taj Mahal

A few months back I was sitting in front of the greatest work of Shah Jahan 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 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 it’s past but the unknown mystery attracted me so much that I started researching it and the more I found facts, I amazed by the secret of this surreal beauty. Here are my 10 unknown true facts about the world’s wonder – Taj Mahal, you never heard of.

1. Taj Mahal-the symbol of Love really signifies love or a guilt possession?

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, but 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 is otherwise known as Shah Jahan in his entire lifetime, truly loved Arjumand Banu aka Mumtaz Mahal out of 2000 ladies from his harem?

2. Who made the Taj Mahal and did Shah Jahan cut the arms off of his workers after building the Taj Mahal?

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 of  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were granted villages to upkeep their expenses by revenue collected from villages, a privilege which was later withdrawn by Aurangzeb.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.

3. The true story of the Taj Mahal

There are different facts are described by different persons from time to time about Taj. The most prominent one was 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.

4. What is beneath under Taj Mahal?

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 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.

5. Taj Mahal changes its colours throughout the day

One of the facts of the Taj Mahal is that its a constantly changing hue. From dawn to dusk, the sun transforms the mausoleum. It may seem pearly offwhite 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.

6. Close timings

Be careful before planning to see Taj on weekends, Taj Mahal is closed on Friday for tourists.

7. Does the Taj Mahal have any rooms?

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.

8. Mamtaz’s body preserved in Taja Mahal after 6 months of her death

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 Unani method and kept in a small tomb in Burhanpur. The body was first kept in a tin box, then later it shifted in 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 as a Mummy??

9. Does the Black Taj Mahal exist??

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.

10. The Taj Mahal surpasses the Qutub Minar


Believe it or not, it’s true that the Taj Mahal is taller than the Qutub Minar. While researching result 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.

Whatever facts are there, I always wonder what it would be living among the evidence of love, trust, betray, agony, anger and cruel truth and secrets that are buried inside the giant walls and one of the Wonders among seven Wonders of the World.

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10 thoughts on “10 Unknown True Facts About The World’s Wonder – Taj Mahal

  1. There are so many facts about Taj Mahal structure and that we are unaware of. Some of these are truths and some of these are just myths. These facts are less known by people around the globe. Very informative.

  2. Wonderful article. History is soaked in blood but rarely people dig enough to see it. During my research, even I was left wondering, if the king was so much in love, then why he needed the harem? The key problem is Britishers have distorted Indian history badly, it is difficult to predict what is true and what is false? Very well written article.

  3. The Taj Mahal forever remains an object of awe and wonder. There is always something about it that you come across that leaves you in awe. It was nice to read about these amazing facts about the Taj. One can never have enough of Taj Mahal. In spite of visiting it many times, everytime you fall in love with it again.

  4. Very informative post to clear some old age myths about this wonderful architectural wonder.
    Honestly, there were some points mentioned which I came to be aware through your post.

  5. We always thought that the worker’s hands were cut off.. Thank you for sharing the correct details! Nice post!

  6. Taj is one such beauty which needs either n description or either tonnes of it. When i went there this year , i felt one visit wasn’t enough to justify its beauty. Howvever, you have covered all the aspects very well and explained all the query. Love all the pictures too.. Lets visit sometime together .

  7. Wow such amazing facts about Taj Mahal. I have visited Taj only once and I was blown away by its beauty and architecture like everyone else. I do hope to visit Agra again someday and learn more about the history and also hire a guide to understand the intricate details of Taj Mahal.

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