Things You Didn’t Know About the Taj Mahal
Although Taj Mahal remains one of the most inspiring wonders of the world, there are a lot of things, myths and mysteries that you are perhaps not aware of. Here are some of the intriguing facts that make Taj Mahal even more charming and worth a visit.
It is no surprise that the architecture and design of Taj Mahal has been applauded on various occasions for being flawless and perfect. The pillars that surround this monument have been designed to tilt towards the outer side. Ever wondered why? This was so done to ensure that if there is an earthquake, the pillars won’t land on the tomb but on the reverse side.
The Beautiful Changing Colors
If you haven’t visited the Taj Mahal at different times of the day, you might have never noticed these facts. In the bright morning light, the Taj Mahal has a little pinkish tinge to it. As the day progresses, it gets its characteristic white glow. Under the silvery light of the moon, the beautiful monument gets a golden glow which makes it even more appealing.
The Black Taj Mahal
It is believed that Shah Jahan wished to make an identical monument using black marbles instead of white. However, the plan was never completed. There is no concrete evidence for the fact. It is believed the first European tourist Jean-Baptiste Tavernier stated similar reports.
There is a myth that Mumtaz, who died long before the monument was made, was buried in the tomb inside the Taj Mahal. To prevent her body from decaying, Shah Jahan used the Egyptian method and her body was kept as a mummy as her dead body was embalmed with some of the best oils which prevented any type of decay. Though, once again, there is no proof of the same.
This monument has been inspired by various different forms of architecture. People believe that Shah Jahan ordered that the hands of all the workers be chopped immediately after the monument was made. This was done to make sure that such a historic monument could ever be recreated.
Further, a lot of precious gems and stones were used in the making of the monument and the Taj Mahal is symmetrical in every angle except for the sizes of the tomb. The male tomb is longer than the female one.
These are some of the innumerable things that you might not have known as far as the Taj Mahal is concerned.