It is often believed that unconditional love is a myth but when people hear the story of famous monument Taj Mahal they are forced to rely on the saying. It appears like a perfect pearl on the land and attracts people across the world to its exquisite beauty and art. Though nearly everyone is known to its grandiose art, many are not aware of the history of Taj Mahal as a sight of mystery and love.
The history knows many examples of incredible and distinctive architectural structures like the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China and various others, of which the most enchanting is the Taj. It was constructed by a Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz at Agra, India on the banks of river Yamuna.
According to a thrilling unproved story, Shah Jahan asked his minions to cut-off the hands of Taj Mahal's architect and the workers after the structure was completely constructed so that they would never build anything resembling Taj. However, a large pool of people and even historians believe that there is no truth in this and that it is just a folklore.
There are many such facts that we need to know about the historical monument:
The iconic Taj Mahal is perfectly symmetrical, all its minarets, walls, rooms and even gardens follow a perfect symmetry. Only the tombs of the king, Shah Jahan, and queen, Mumtaz Mahal are not symmetrical. The tomb of the king is a bit lofty than that of the queen.
In the morning Taj looks pinkish, yellow during the noon time, milky white in the evenings and golden at night. It is being said that this change of colors resembles the changing mood of a woman.
The four minarets that the Taj has are slightly tilted, and the reason behind it is the prevention from the earthquake.
On the exterior and interiors of the Taj Mahal, 99 names of Allah and extracts from Quran are written with beautiful calligraphy.
There are various secret rooms and passages inside the Taj; these have been sealed since the time of Shah Jahan and remain the same even now.
The height of Taj Mahal is 243.5 feet while that of Qutub Minor is 239 meters, which means it is taller than the Qutub Minar.
The monument has a small stream of water inside it; the water keeps flowing inside, the source is still unknown and remains a mystery.
Many religious conflicts surround this historical monument. Many people say that it was originally a temple of Lord Shiva and the rooms that are sealed have statues of Shiva. The Government doesn't want any more conflicts, and thus, the rooms are still sealed.
As you move closer to the entrance, it appears smaller, and as you walk away, it grows bigger. The guides here, say that when you go, you take Taj in your heart.
It is believed that Shah Jahan planned to construct another Taj Mahal with black marble on the other side of river Yamuna and connect two of them by a bridge. But, the wars with his son, Aurangzeb interrupted his plans.
Source for the point talking about Shah Jahan getting the hands of the architect cut.
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