What is the story behind the Taj Mahal

The beauty of the Taj Mahal on the night of the full moon cannot be expressed in words. It’s like a drop of water in the lap of time.

Rabindranath Tagore, the world poet, gave such an analogy while describing the beauty of the Taj Mahal. But honestly, no matter how many descriptions you hear, you can’t see how beautiful the Taj Mahal really is without seeing it with your own eyes. Thousands of foreigners come to this country to see this seventh wonder of the world. Even the locals cannot resist the temptation to see the Taj. Whether it is during the day or on the night of the full moon, the beauty of the Taj is different. From that time onwards, tourists cannot resist the temptation to go in front of the Taj Mahal and take pictures.

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan himself built this ancient monument in Agra. It was on his instructions that the memorial was built in memory of his late wife Mumtaz. Some say it is a sign of the emperor’s love for his wife. According to some, the emperor built this palace out of remorse after the death of his tortured wife. Nana Muni has different opinions on this. There are many facts, mysteries, many unknown histories hidden in the corners of this monument made of white stone.

Mix of Islamic, Persian and Indian Cultures

History of the Taj Mahal

The emperor was married for 19 years to Mumtaz Begum, the third wife of King Shah Jahan. However, in just 19 years of married life, Mumtaz gave birth to 14 children of Shahjahan. Needless to say, he was physically very weak. Mumtaz Begum died while giving birth at the age of 39.

After the death of this third wife, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan started building the Taj Mahal in 1632 AD in her memory. About 20,000 people were involved in the construction of the Taj to make his dream a reality. It took about 20 years to build the palace. The construction of the Taj Mahal was completed in 1653. However, it takes another two years to complete the minor work. It cost around Rs 3.20 crore to build.

God’s name throughout the monument

Most of the manuscripts used on the walls of the Taj Mahal were taken from the Muslim religious text Koran Sharif. In addition to the walls of the Taj Mahal, such verses were engraved on Mumtaz Mahal and the tomb of Emperor Shah Jahan. There are 99 different names of Allah engraved as calligraphy inscriptions at different places of the Taj Mahal.

The seventh wonder of the world

In 2007, UNESCO listed the Taj Mahal as one of the world’s seventh most beautiful. The Taj Mahal occupied this place by 10 crore votes. About 40 to 80 lakh visitors come to India every year to see the Taj Mahal, which is one of the most spectacular and beautiful monuments in India. More than 40,000 to 50,000 visitors visit the memorial every day at special times.

The Taj Chronicles

Mix of Islamic, Persian and Indian Cultures

The design of the Taj Mahal is very interesting. The Taj Mahal was built mainly by a combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic sculptures. According to the principles of Persian and Islamic architecture, the Taj Mahal is almost completely symmetrical. Minarets (towers), walls, rooms, and even gardens are built following perfect symmetry. The Taj Mahal is 5 feet higher than the Qutub Minar. In this context, it is worth mentioning that historians claim that the hands of the artisans who built the Taj Mahal were cut off. This is to ensure that such constructions do not happen again in the future. The name of the chief craftsman of the Taj Mahal is Ustad Ahmed Lahri.

When Was The Taj Mahal Built

Construction of Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century, between 1632 and 1648.

The materials used to build the Taj Mahal were mainly brought from India and other parts of the entire Asian continent. More than 1,000 elephants were used to transport these construction materials. The marble stones required to build the Taj Mahal were mainly purchased from different countries and different places in India.

Of these, the transparent white marble was purchased from Makrana in Rajasthan. Jets and crystals were purchased from China. The Jumper was purchased from Punjab. Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan. From Arabia to Carnelia. And a marble stone called turquoise was bought from Tibet.

Graveyard mystery Mumtaz, shah jahan’s

Not only Mumtaz, shah jahan’s other wives and beloved servants were buried in the Taj Mahal. However, they are on the outside of the Taj Mahal. Almost all the places in the Taj Mahal are symmetrical, but the cemetery is not symmetrical. According to Islamic tradition, the grave should never be decorated. Perhaps this is why Shah Jahan and Mumtaz were buried in a flat mausoleum below the inner chamber of the Taj Mahal.

Mumtaz, shah jahan's

Lord Curzon’s name is engraved on a lamp inside the Taj Mahal. The stone weighs about 60 kg and is placed right in front of the main door of the Taj Mahal. So that visitors can see it by entering the Taj Mahal.

The four pillars or minarets of the Taj Mahal do not stand straight and stand slightly on the outside. The main reason behind such a creation is that no natural disaster like an earthquake can harm it in any way.

The Taj was hidden during the war

Many believe that during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, some British soldiers took precious stones from the walls of the tomb.

The Taj was hidden during the war

The Taj Mahal was covered with bamboo cages by the Archaeological Survey of India during World War II to prevent it from being destroyed. From above, it looked like a pile of bamboo. The Taj was similarly covered during the 1971 war.

Where is taj mahal

The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is about 200 kilometers from Delhi, the capital of India. The nearest airport is the Agra Airport, which is about 4 kilometers from the Taj Mahal. There are also several train stations in Agra that can be used to reach the Taj Mahal.

Here are some travel details for visiting the Taj Mahal: Opening hours: The Taj Mahal is open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, except on Fridays when it is closed to the public.

Taj Mahal opening hours

Ticket prices: The entrance fee for the Taj Mahal is ₹1,100 for foreign tourists and ₹50 for Indian citizens.

Taj mahal entry fee

Tourist Type Amount (Rs.) (Inclusive of ASI & ADA fees)
Domestic/Indian/OCI Cardholder 50/- + 200/-
Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)
Foreign Tourist 1100/- + 200/-
Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)
Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries 540/- + 200/-
Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)
Dress code: Visitors are required to dress respectfully when visiting the Taj Mahal. This means covering your shoulders and knees.
Photography: Photography is allowed inside the Taj Mahal, but tripods and flash photography are prohibited.
Accessibility: The Taj Mahal is wheelchair accessible. There are ramps and elevators available to help visitors get around the complex.

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