Taj Mahal Facts and Legends you Might not Know

This marble symbol of love, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is keeping a lot of secrets within. There are many facts that are known to the world, but some facts and legends are still hidden and are under the cover of mystery. Here are some facts that you might not know about the beautiful Taj Mahal!

  1. It’s a known fact that the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shan Jahan for his third wife- Mamtaz Mahal. What you might not know is that her real name was Arjumand Bano Begum- Shan Jahan gave her the name Mamtaz Mahal, meaning ‘Chosen One of the Palace’ or ‘Jewel of the Palace’. When they first met, Shan Jahan was popularly known as Prince Khurram.

 

  1. To construct this precious mausoleum for his beloved wife, Shan Jahan used more than a 1000 elephants, more than 20000 workers, and used more than 32 million of rupees to finish it. It took more than 22 years.

 

  1. 28 different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used as ornaments. Some of them were put in walls, some in the celling.

 

  1. In the 19th century, most of precious and semi-precious stones (known as Lapis Lazuli) were chiseled out by British soldiers during the renovations.

 

  1. Taj Mahal changes colors! Depending on the time of the day, and whether the Moon is out, it appears to be different color every time. It’s believed the color pattern depicts different moods of a woman.

 

  1. All throughout the building, passages from the Holy Quran are written as decorative elements. All visitors are greeted by a message written on the main gate, saying ‘O Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him, and He at peace with you’.

 

  1. Although all marble of Taj Mahal is white, it originates from different regions and countries- some of them are Rajasthan, Punjab, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Arabia.

 

  1. Taj Mahal is a huge attraction. It has 2-4 million of visitors annually and more than 200000 visitors come from overseas.

 

  1. The only part of the Taj Mahal that’s not decorated is the actual graves of Mamtaz and Shan. This is to the Islamic tradition. The only ornaments of their graves are that the cenotaph of Shan Jahan has an engraved passage from the Quran, promising God’s mercy and forgiveness, and the cenotaph of Mamtaz Mahal has the 99 names of Allah and a passage from Quran, saying ‘O Noble, O Magnificent, O Unique, O Eternal, O Glorious…’

 

  1. The whole Taj Mahal is perfectly symmetrical- the domes, every tree in the garden, all pats surrounding it, are symmetrical. The only asymmetrical part of it is the graves of the couple. In the center of the Taj, lay the remains of Mamtaz. Because her husband, Shan Jahan died some time later, his grave, lays west of center, making it the only part of the mausoleum that is asymmetrical.

 

  1. The four tall towers on the edge of the Taj are slightly tilted. This is in case of collation- back then it wasn’t unusual for buildings to collapse due to their weight and height. So the architect tilted them so they don’t fall on the grave of Mamtaz.

 

  1. There’s legend saying that Shan Jahan wants to build another Taj Mahal on the other side of the river Yamuna. This mausoleum was supposed to be for him. The ‘other Taj Mahal’ was supposed to be black, to complement the Taj Mahal’s white façade. The historians are still arguing over this story.

 

  1. Not everyone believes that the Taj Mahal was constructed in the name of love. Some historians think this is actually a Shiva temple, called Tejo Mahalaya. This theory says Tejo Mahalaya was constructed by Raja Parmar Dev- Hindu king, back in the 12th

 

  1. Taj Mahal has a supernatural reputation! The legend says if you hit a carving of the palace located in the riverside forecourt, spurts of water will come out. Groundskeepers keep finding evidence of visitors slamming their knuckles into the wall, believing in the legend.