Do you want to read some facts one should know about the Taj Mahal?
The Taj Mahal, which was classified as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ by UNESCO World Heritage in the year 2007, with over 100 million votes, is stunningly beautiful with its intricate carvings and robust architecture, which leaves everyone who witnesses this piece of art spellbound.
Let’s learn about some facts one should know about the Taj Mahal:
- There are about 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones that were used to decorate the structure, brought all the way from China, Tibet, Sri Lanka and some parts of India.
- Another wonder of far-sighted architecture; the four pillars or minarets are tilted slightly outwards rather than standing straight. The reason was to protect the main tomb (gumbad) in case of any natural calamity like an earthquake, from getting damaged with the falling of minarets on it.
- Unlike any other massive structure, the Taj’s foundation is made of timber which is not supposed to be long-lasting. Taj Mahal would have collapsed if it wasn’t on the banks of River Yamuna which supplies it with enough moisture to keep it strong till date.
- The mesmerising calligraphic verses that adorn the walls of Taj Mahal are mostly taken from the Islamic holy book, Quran.
- There are 99 different names of Allah inscribed on the tomb
- Many people wonder why do the graves of Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz lie beneath the plain inner chamber, whereas the entire structure is so beautifully decorated. The reason is that as per the Islamic belief system, the graves are not supposed to be decorated.
- Many people commit the mistake of visiting the Taj on a Friday, to dishearten themselves of the fact that it is closed on a Friday since its premises has an active mosque.
- One of the last appeals made by Shah Jahan to his son Aurangzeb, when he was imprisoned was to be able to see Taj Mahal from his prison until his last days; hence he was put behind the bars in the Jasmine Tower of Agra Fort, which means the Taj is visible from the Jasmine Tower of Agra Fort.
- The chief architect of the Taj Mahal, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, was not an Indian but a Persian from Iran.
- Witnessing the exotic beauty of the Taj Mahal is even more appealing at night, therefore you can plan your visit on any of the two nights before and after the full moon of every month, except for the Fridays and during the month of Ramadan.
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