Taj Mahal History and Amazing Facts
Rabindranath Tagore said of the Taj "one solitary tear… on the cheek of time."
Taj Mahal, the epitome of love is the major attraction of people far and near. Whether one is Indian or non-Indian, seeing Taj Mahal is every traveler's dream. But what is this Taj Mahal ?. Why was it picked as the seventh wonder of the world? What is special about Taj? Where is Taj located? How to reach it? Who should be credited for its existence? These are few questions which arise before and after you visit this all time marvel of the world.
Shahjanhan, the fifth Mughal emperor of the Mughal Era built this marble glory in the memory of his mistress, Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz Mahal died in the year 1630, after giving birth to Shahjehan's !4th child. The construction of the monuments started in the years 1631 AD and took almost 22 years to be complete. The largest and one of the most spectacular structure of the world was complete in the 1653 AD.
Taj Mahal means "Crown Palace" and is in fact the most beautiful tomb in the world. The marble wonder is the largest and the most extravagant mausoleum built for the sake of love by a person. The grandeur & glory of Taj has reached every corner of the world. This timeless piece of art has been the inspiration for many artists and architects, ever since its creation. Its very difficult to adequately convey the legend in a picture or write in a piece of paper.
Taj, the seventh wonder of the world was the result of hard efforts of twenty thousand people, who worked day and night, to create this marble beauty. The material was brought in from all over India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. Ustad Ahmad Lahori was the chief architect of the Taj project.
The dome in white marble is set against the plain across the river and it is this background that changes the view of the marble structure. The background of water works its magic of colours through their reflection. The colours change at different time of the day and during different seasons. The Taj sparkles like a jewel in moonlight when the semi-precious stones infixed into the white marble structure on the main mausoleum catch the glow of the moon. The Taj is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden when the moon shines.
The "symbol of eternal love", Taj Mahal has a life of its own that leaps out of the marble glory.