The whole world gives standing ovation on seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Yes, I am talking about TajMahal which symbolizes love and is a shining white masterpiece. Even Rabindranath Tagore who has also been a noble laureate, referred this ancient, pristine, glorifying, enhancing, captivating and awesome beauty as “a tear drop on the cheeks of time”
It is equally known for umpteen numbers of stories which has become quite interesting to read considering the extra-ordinary, crazy and mind-blowing history associated with this marvelous structure to say the least.
Let’s take a look at the 9 Interesting facts about the Taj Mahal
Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
Shah Jahan who is the Mughal Emperor as per the name lived life like “Mughals” or in an “palatial manner”. The awesome and beautiful structure which is as ‘white as milk’ was built by him in the loving memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.
There was the news that while she was in the labor, she couldn’t withstand the complications associated along with, and she soon died during the birth of child. As a result, Emperor was shocked and terrified at the sudden loss and legends have it that he was so bewildered that he became careless towards even looking after himself. Soon, he gave scant regard towards his upkeep and that included his beard becoming long, as he was hell broken.
Art of calligraphy
If you want to see the perfect art of enchanting calligraphy, then this masterpiece is full of captivating interiors and exteriors. Yes, based on its existence which was due to the loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, he has done the calligraphy on the tomb specifically for his wife.
There are equally 99 names of Almighty Allah which are inscribed on the sides of tomb. All these names are given the touch of calligraphy style. Yes, Shah Jahan has assumed how Mumtaz would will be living in heaven in beautiful surroundings amidst such a beautiful place and he tried to give that practical shape to the same by actually signifying that love.
Workers and laborers employed for construction
This magnificent architecture couldn’t have been possible without the artistic creation and innovative thinking of Ahmed Lahauri. He took charge of the whole situation actively by deploying whopping 20,000 people who belonged to different professions as per their level of needs. Yes, from ordinary laborers to painters, calligraphers, to stonecutters, there were sufficient skills meant for series of requirements. There were elephants who were pressed into service for transporting huge and massive stones and their number shot more then 1,000 at a given time.
Number of Years it took for TajMahal
The first brick was laid in 1632 which signified the construction of magnificent Taj Mahal after the sudden and untimely death of his beloved wife Mumtaz.
He wanted to give a practical shape to the utmost “emotional” love which he had for his wife. So, the construction which involved hundreds of laborers continued for whopping 22 years and in the year 1653, it was completed by giving beauty to the most enhancing infrastructure on earth which is still known as the most glorifying structure.
The whopping amount of cost which was incurred during that time stood out to 32 million, just goes on to show the extent of expenses incurred. It is expected that the current amount would have been estimated to be above $1 billion
Specific type of material used
If you have been able to take a close look from the pictures or you had got a chance to visit the structure “live”, then you would have seen that there are red stone walls which are used as boundary on its three sides.
Yes, some of the creamy and sophisticated marbles were purchased not just from Rajasthan, but also from international places. The countries from where the deal was done are China, Afghanistan and Tibet.
The extreme state of perfection can be reflected through Taj Mahal
If you ever wanted to see how an architectural beauty even during those times could be, then it has symmetrical structures. I mean, its four sides are identical, which has been constructed on the principle of self replication by taking in mind the concept of geometry. It is this aspect which originates mirror reflection on either sides.
In view of the Mughal emperor’s main thought process signifying a more masculine, bolder and taller structure, he wanted to create the male tomb at a higher note than the female one and as a result, these two tombs are not equal. Another interesting aspect worth sharing is that, the four minarets are constructed in a position outside the plinth; this has been knowingly done, so that in the event if due to an accident, they happen to fall, then they won’t harm the main structure as they are going to fall outside.
Changing mood swings of this beauty
Quite like what can be related with the woman’s mood swings, the reflection of the same can be seen in Taj Mahal as well. Interestingly, there are different colors which become its characteristic during changing times. For example, if I talk about early morning, then there is pinkish hue, which soon turns into sparkling or glowing white with the progress of day. Yes, after dusk, there is a sense of golden touch in terms of its light, which can be seen in the moon light. Importantly, the beauty of Taj Mahal is worth seen during the time when there is full moon.
There was a rebellion
During 1857, rebellion, Taj Mahal was damaged partially. The attackers were slightly successful with their aim of harming the structure where they ransacked the beautiful garden and damaged few stones. However, Viceroy of British India, namely Lord Curzon in 19th century soon gave orders for its renovation which got into completion mode by 1908. The chandelier which is hung in Taj Mahal is the beautiful thought process and contribution from this man only.
Myths associated with Taj Mahal
There has been quite misconception which has percolated deep in the minds of people which is that Mughal king Shah Jahan had chopped the hands of all the workers associated with building Taj Mahal. This he done as he had the threat that others might hire them for building the structure again somewhere else. There is equally a second myth which has been doing the rounds since ages where it is said that he wanted to build not white but black TajMahal, but couldn’t for some reason.