Resort and Destination – 10 Interesting Facts About the Taj Mahal that Many People Don’t Know. Everyone recognizes the Taj Mahal as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This building is a tomb that is considered sacred, built of white marble that symbolizes purity, love and pain. It seems like no other building in the world has a concept similar to the Taj Mahal.
A nobel winner, Rabindranath Tagore called the Taj Mahal as “a tear drop on the cheek of time” which means a drop of tears falling on the cheek of the time. This building stands firmly in Agra, India. Many stories develop around this exotic building. Let’s review some interesting facts about the Taj Mahal.
1The Taj Mahal Symbol of Love Shah Jahan To Mumtaz Mahal
The Taj Mahal was built by Mughdal Emperor Shah Jahan as a reminder of the death of his beloved wife. His wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who was his third wife, died during the process of giving birth to his fourteenth child in 1631.
Legend has it that an empress was an inseparable part of the life of Shah Jahan, so that with the death of Mumtaz Mahal it felt as if the emperor felt dead. In just a few months his white hair and beard grew gray which signaled his death was near.
2Time of Development and Amount of Funds to Build a Taj Mahal Is Not Cheap
The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, a year after the death of Queen Mumtaz Mahal and was only completed in 1653 which means it took about 22 years to build a building with this amazing architecture.
At that time, it was estimated that the cost to build the Taj Mahal was around 32 million rupees, which if considered in terms of current currency values would be a fantastic amount of more than 1 trillion rupiah. So do not be surprised if this building is very magnificent.
3Tens of Thousands of Workers Build the Taj Mahal
For the size of one building the Taj Mahal is fairly well in terms of the number of workers involved in its construction. There are at least 20,000 workers ranging from construction workers, stone cutters, painters, embroidery artists, calligraphy artists and many more.
The architect of the Taj Mahal himself is Ahmed Lahauri. To carry the giant stones also needed more than 1,000 elephants who were employed carrying the stones of the Taj Mahal material. So it is not surprising if this building is very magnificent.
4All Parts Are Built Using Fancy Material
Even the most luxurious buildings today cannot beat the splendor of the Taj Mahal. Because they were built using red bricks but not so with this luxurious building on the banks of the Yamuna river. The entire wall of this magnificent building was built using white marble.
Marble with number one is obtained from Rajasthan, Afghanistan, Tibet and China. But this was not enough for the emperor, because he added other precious stones to decorate the marble. So it is not surprising that the costs incurred to build the Taj Mahal are very expensive.
5There are many inscriptions in the form of carving calligraphy
The Taj Mahal is a masterpiece dedicated as a place of respect for Mumtaz Mahal. With so many inscriptions found that adorn the interior and exterior of the building in the form of calligraphy writing.
There is even a calligraphy that adorns the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal which contains praise on her. Another unique fact is that there is calligraphy written next to the tomb of the empress that reads 99 names of Allah.
6Taj Mahal Is the Most Symmetrical Building in the World
The perfection of the Taj Mahal lies in its very symmetrical structure. Even the world recognizes that the Taj Mahal is the most symmetrical building in the world. The structure of the building has four sides that are perfectly identical. This can happen because the architect applies the principles of replication and symmetry in his geometry and architecture.
If you pay attention then half the building will be a mirror dadi the other half. But there are two tombs of different sizes in the building. This is to distinguish between the graves of men and women. Four towers were also built jutting out so that if it collapsed it did not hit the main structure of the building. Great, they have thought that far ahead.
7Taj Mahal Color Can Change According To Mood
Do you already know that the Taj Mahal can change color at certain times on different days? Yes, the color of the Taj Mahal can vary according to mood, the cause is white marble and ceramics that reflect light.
In the morning the Taj Mahal will look pink and flush and turn white to shine in the afternoon then when night falls the color will change instantly to shiny gold in the moonlight. This change in color is analogous to a woman’s mood or more specifically Mumtaz Mahal’s mood.
8The Taj Mahal Was Damaged Due to the Rebellion
The rebellion that occurred in 1857 apparently took the form of damage to the Taj Mahal. Even though it was not severe, this magnificent building was never injured as a result of this incident. Parts of the park and parts of the building were damaged by the rebels.
But at the end of the 19th century, Lord Curzon a Viceroy ordered a major renovation and was only completed in 1908. The park that we now see is actually the result of renovations but the shape and structure are made as closely as possible to the original.
9The Myth of Horror Covers the Taj Mahal
This magnificent building carries a very horrified myth, imagine that at that time Emperor Shah Jahan cut all the thumbs of the Taj Mahal workers to prevent them from building a replica of his work. Fortunately this myth is not true if true then the merciful nature of the Emperor will be tarnished.
Another popular myth about the Taj Mahal is that once when Emperor Shah Jahan wanted to build the Taj Mahal in solid black all over the building. But the effort was not successful because the throne had already been overthrown. Could this also be a myth?
10The Taj Mahal is actually a Hindu temple
The Taj Mahal was built with a fusion of Indian, Persian and Islamic architecture and is considered a masterpiece of the Mughal era. But an Indian writer named PN Oak, claims that the Taj Mahal is actually a Shiv Temple (Hindu temple) and the Rajput palace built by the Hindu king, Parmar Dev. He wrote that emperor Shah Jahan had confiscated the building from Parmar.
To prove his claim, he submitted a request to the relevant parties to dig deeper into the building, but his demand was rejected by the local High Court. Today the Taj Mahal functions as a tourist destination as well as a mosque to worship Muslims.
Those are interesting facts about the Taj Mahal that you may not know about.