TAJ MAHAL A name of love, a name of beauty. Taj Mahal was built by mugal emperor Shah Jahan.It was commissioned in 1632 (reigned from 1628 to 1658) to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself.In Arabic, the Taj Mahal is known as “crown of palaces”.The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.
Many interesting Taj Mahal facts and myths have surfaced over the years, but the real history is much more fascinating than any fiction.
India’s most iconic mausoleum, inspired by love, has awed millions of visitors with its serene beauty. Over 7 million visitors a year come to see the magnificent structure. The Taj Mahal is India’s most popular tourist attraction, however, many visitors leave without knowing the real story.
Fact: Sick with grief, Shah Jahan was first inspired to build the Taj Mahal after his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died while giving birth to their 14th child. His wife was in labor for 30 hours before she died at age 40.
There is no proof to support the long-standing myth that artists and architects involved with the construction of the Taj Mahal were later put to death so that they could never “repeat such a beautiful feat.” Instead, historians believe that they were required to sign contracts.Islamic tradition forbids the decoration of graves, so Shah Jahan and his wife are actually buried in a plain crypt beneath the main inner chamber of the Taj Mahal.Shah Jahan’s other wives and even his favorite servant are buried in mausoleums just outside of the Taj Mahal.
Fact: The four minarets (towers) surrounding the Taj Mahal were constructed farther away from the main structure than usual. The minarets also lean slightly outward rather than stand straight. This was done as a safety measure so that if any of them fell, they would fall away from the tomb rather than crash into the central structure. Many of the precious stones on the mausoleum were ripped off from the walls of the mausoleum by the British army during the Indian rebellion of 1857.