Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We know almost everything about it. We are well-versed about who built the Taj Mahal for whom. We know what it represents. Do you think is there anything that is yet unheard or mystery about the Taj Mahal?
We think we know a lot about Taj Mahal but there are still many things we are unaware of. Here know the unknown facts about one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Ready To Be Amazed. Here You Go:
1. The famous myth of the arms of all artisans being amputated is false.
A scene of cruelty by King Jahan. He severed the hands and gouged the eyes of the craftsmen and the mastermind so that no other masterpiece equal to it will be built. But it is just a hoax. Other projects of those craftsmen include red fort construction.
2. Taj Mahal Is Not Perfect
There is a small hole on the ceiling of the main hall right above the tombstone of Mumtaz Mahal aka Arjumand Banu. It is perfectly symmetrical but Shah Jehan’s cenotaphs break off the equilibrium.
3. Great Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan wanted to build another black Taj Mahal as the tomb for his dead body.
Shah Jehan had desired to build a mausoleum for himself on the other side of the river. A European traveler, Tavernier revealed that Jehan could not build a similar palace like the Taj because his son and last Mughal emperor Aurangzeb deposed him.
4. Taj Mahal’s fountains have a special technique to ensure uniform water pressure of the fountains.
The pressure in the fountain pipes is connected with a pot. A copper pot is firstly filled with the water and then only the water is passed to the fountains. As the pressure in the pot is maintained, the water pressure on the fountain is also maintained.
5. Taj Mahal changes colors throughout the day.
From dawn to dusk, Taj Mahal constantly changes colors in a parameter. At sunrise, it seems to be pale pinkish and pearly grey. Similarly, at noon Taj dazzles everyone’s eyes with crystal white color and at the time of sunset, it shines in orange-bronze.
6. Taj Mahal Acts Like An Illusion
The artisans built Taj Mahal in a way that as you move closer to the gate, Taj Mahal keeps getting smaller. The Taj seems to grow bigger as you walk away and vice versa.
7. Both the tombs shown to the public are actually empty.
The cenotaphs enclosed in a chamber with Pietra dura (precious and semi-precious jewels) are just for show. The coffin is actually in a quiet room below the garden level.
8. Shah Jahan's involvement in the construction of the Taj Mahal is questioned by the various scholars.
Well, it is an open question that did Shah Jahan really intended to build black Taj Mahal? Moreover, various scholars also question his responsibility for building the Taj Mahal. Philosophers including P.N Oak and Amarnath Mishra.
The Supreme Court of India rejected Oak’s theory about Taj Mahal. Oak’s report reads; the 12th-century Hindu king Raja Parmar Dev build the Maha as a Shiva temple called Tejo Mahalaya. But the court rejected the theory and did not give the credit although having the written proof of the book Badshahnama.
9. Shah Jahan in his final years was not allowed to visit the Taj Mahal by his son Aurangzeb.
Two of his sons Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb fought for the throne and Shah Jahan supported Dara. But Aurangzeb emerged to be victorious. AS Jahen opposed Aurangzeb, he was imprisoned and barred from visiting Taj Mahal.
10. Taj Mahal would have already been destroyed if there was no Yamuna River.
Taj Mahal’s foundation is made of timber. The timber would weaken over time, and it is not long-lasting and durable. Fortunately, the woods were kept strong and moist by the Yamuna River flowing right below the Taj Mahal.