Everyone identifies Taj Mahal as one of the seven wonders of the world and it has many mesmerizing facts that are unknown. The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in India. You would have come across many facts about Taj Mahal, but today we will share those hidden facts that many people are not aware of. Let’s look at some of them:
Shah Jahan dedicated Taj Mahal to her 14th wife Mumtaz
In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died after giving birth to the couple’s 14th child. Complications during the birth of the final child led to Mahal’s passing at the age of 39. He loved his wife so much that he decided to memorialize Mahal with a spectacular tomb.
Mystery behind four pillars
If you observe carefully, you’ll find that the four minarets are tilting outwards. All the four pillars of Taj Mahal were built to slant away from the monument slightly so that if the pillars ever collapsed due to natural calamities, like an earthquakes, the Taj Mahal would be protected.
Shah Jahan’s dream of black Taj Mahal
Shah Jahan wanted to construct an identical Black Taj Mahal on the other side of the river. But he was imprisoned by his son Aurangazeb. The base of the black-marble Taj Mahal can still be seen across the river. Whether Shah Jahan ever really intended to build the black Taj Mahal remains an open question.
22000 labours and more than 1000 elephants were employed for Taj Mahal
It is estimated to have taken more than 22,000 people to build this impressive building including labourers, painters, stonecutters, embroidery artists, and many others. More than 1,000 elephants were employed to handle transport of heavy building materials during the two-decade construction project.
Taj Mahal changes its color from day-to-night
There is one interesting fact which reveals that, Taj changes its colour. Did you know that the Taj Mahal changes colour depending on the light?
It appears pink in the morning, bright white during the day, soft exotic orange in the evening and glowing silver colour of the Marble blends with the full moon shine and brings a light blue colour on Taj Mahal. They say the changing colour resembles the changing mood of females – in particular the Emperor’s queen.
It is one of the seven wonders in the world
Taj Mahal enrolled its name in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1983 on account of its status as India’s greatest architectural achievement.
Taj Mahal costs Shah Jahan about Rs. 32 Million
Shah Jahan spent about 32 million rupees during the years 1632-1653 on this great architectural venture. Today that amount would be close to 1,062,834,098 USD.
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