7 Hidden Secret Of The Taj Mahal

7 Secret of the Taj Mahal you should know. The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.
It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan , to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The myths and legends associated with the Taj Mahal consist of all the stories that have been said about it, but have not been proven to be true.
 The intriguing element involved in these mysteries and speculations regarding how much of it is true have been attracting more and more people from all over the world to this marvelous monument.

Number 1. Italian Architect

Among all the myths, one of the popular myths is that Taj Mahal has been constructed under the supervision of Italian Architect. It has been claimed by some Italian historians that the Taj Mahal has been designed by an Italian architect. But they could not prove it as the artisan Geronimo Veroneo, whom they claimed to be the architect of the monument was a skilled jeweler and had nothing to do with construction.


Number 2. Black Taj Mahal.

Second most popular myth is the black Taj Mahal. It is said that Shah Jahan had a plan to construct a mirror image of the white marble mausoleum built for his wife Mumtaz, on the other side of the river and to get them connected with a bridge, but he wanted to have it in black marble. He wanted to have this mausoleum built for himself  but could not get it completed as his son Aurangzeb deposed him.

Number 3. Chop off the hands

According to the most popular legends, Shah Jahan had commanded to chop off the hands of the artisans and craftsmen who were involved in the construction of this glorious monument so that they may never build such a wondrous monument like Taj Mahal. It is also heard that to prevent the craftsmen to witness any other beautiful object than Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan ordered to take their eyes out of their sockets.
This horrible story has been found as false and baseless as there is no evidence to prove that it really happened.

Number 4. Demolition of Taj Mahal.

Demolition of Taj is another myth that has been popular. It is said that in 1830, this monument faced demolition. It was under the governor Lord William Bentinck that a crew started the demolition work and auctioned the marble. But he had to stop as he could not find any prospective buyers. Since late 19th century, the miserable period of Taj Mahal commenced.
Better care was taken under the project introduced by British Viceroy Lord Curzon to restore and repair every section of Taj Mahal, which was completed in 1908. It became much better by the late 20th century.

Number 5. Protect Air Attack.

Taj Mahal in the year 1942 got a threat of air attack from German and Japanese air force. In 1965 and 1971, during the Indo-Pak wars the government took measures to protect the monument and thus erected scaffoldings to prevent attacks. Despite all these odds, Taj Mahal has been able to hold its elegance.

Number 6. Theft in Taj Mahal.

According to the myth of "theft in Taj Mahal, many items that belonged to Taj Mahal went missing during British rule. The items included a gold leaf that covered the dome of the Taj, A railing of gold that surrounded the cenotaphs, diamonds were inlaid in the cenotaph, also included a blanket of Pearl , which covered Mumtaz's cenotaph.

Number 7. Amazing Mutilation.

One of the most horrifying legends associated with the Taj Mahal is the legend of the Taj Mahal mutilation. There are a number of gory tales associated with the mutilation of the Taj Mahal craftsmen. Though most of them are just plain folklores they do manage to give tourists goose bumps every time. These stories usually talk about horrid tales that talk of the torture meted out after the Taj Mahal was built.

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