One of the Seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal proudly resides in northern state of India, Uttar Pradesh. Interest of historians and architects, Taj Mahal surrounds itself with unacknowledged stories. The white marvel speaks about the rich and grandeur past once the Indian beholded. Though this monument of love intrigues many, yet it is encompassed with gamut of myths and mystery.
1) Taj Mahal Main Hall Have Holes in The Ceiling.
Taj Mahal is beautiful piece of artistry and often considered flawless. But people says, the ceiling of the main hall of the Taj contains a small hole which is perpendicularly right above Mumtaj Mahal’s tombstone. According to historians, artisians left the hole to create a flaw so that Shahjahan could be punished for planning mass amputation of artisans after Taj Mahal completion.
However, this is not true. The story came into being after an alleged letter written during the Shahjahan regime. As per the science experts, the droplets are due to perspiration and respiration.
2) Taj Mahal Minarets are not perpendicular
If you will go to Taj Mahal, you will observe four minarets on the four corners of the Taj Mahal. According to history, these minarets were deliberately built tilting outwards to protect Taj Mahal from unnatural calamity like an earthquake. In such an occasion the minarets will fall outside and the main building will be saved. Let me clarify, this is a verifiable fact and hence the truth.
3) The artisans who created the Taj Mahal were amputated
One of the largely accepted stories around Taj Mahal is that Shahjahan ordered that hands of artisans should be cut after the construction of the mausoleum. However, this is a myth as Shah Jahan asked the same artisians to construct other projects which was not possible if they didn’t have their hands intact.
4) Taj Mahal Changes Colour
There are round of stories that Taj Mahal changes colour during different time of the day. You can see pinkish hue during the early morning hours while in the evening the Taj looks milky white. At nighttime, under the moonlight, the Taj Mahal gives out a light blue hue. The best way to find this out is during your visit. You will not be disappointed.
5) The Taj Mahal was a Shiva Temple
It is believed that the building was obtained from a Rajput King named Mirza Jai Singh. Emperor Shah Jahan seized the Hindu temple to change it into a beautiful mausoleum for his wife.
As per the Archaeological Survey of India, Taj Mahal was never a Shiva or a Hindu Temple. They were not enough proofs to justify this theory.
6) Taj Mahal is named after Mumtaj Mahal
Though the monument was constructed in commemoration of Mumtaj Mahal, yet it was not named after it. Taj Mahal means the " Place of the Crown".
7) Taj Mahal Thefts
According to the myth of "theft in Taj Mahal,” few things that belonged to Taj Mahal were looted in British rule. Some of the popular items in the list were - 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.