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Taj Mahal History - Taj Mahal is the most exceptional monument that India comprises within its elegant territory. The matchless beauty that mesmerizes all intrigues the onlookers and made them curious abHistory of Taj Mahalout its history and emergence. There are a lot of questions that arises in a tourist’s mind while checking out this monument some of which we try to answer here so that you can get sufficient knowledge about this international wonder even before witnessing it in person.

Legends say that the house of the bursting glory Taj Mahal was a mausoleum that was constructed by the eminent Mughal emperor Shahjahan. To give you an insight of this international wonder we’ll give you a brief introduction to this magnificent tourist’s site. Taj Mahal is the most glorious mausoleum in the world which came into being with the orders of the eminent Mughal emperor Shahjahan. The desire of constructing a wonder of the world was aroused in his heart after giving a promise to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz on her deathbed asked his emperor husband to build a dome over her body which would commemorate their tale of pure love. To accomplish this wish of his beloved wife Shah Jahan gave orders to construct a wonder whose magnificent beauty would be inimitable and the result was the Taj Mahal.

Shahjahan gave orders to start the construction of this enigmatic monument in the year 1632 and employed around 20, 000 artisans and laborers besides the architect and Mughal servicemen. All of those who were employed including the stone-carvers, inlay craftsmen, mansions and calligraphers were the best of their kinds and gave more than their 100% in the construction of this monument. Taj Mahal was exceptionally embellished beyond the traditional decorative elements. Materials from across the world were transported here under the supervision of the Mughal servicemen with the help of around 1000 elephants which contributed in making this enchanting white glory more beautiful. The exclusive white marble that dominated the architecture of this monument was transferred here especially from Makrana, Rajasthan. Whereas jasper, jade and crystal was brought from Punjab and China respectively and likewise various precious and semi precious stones like sapphire, turquoise etc. were brought and used to adorn this magnificent mausoleum.

After 22 years in 1653, Shahjahan accomplished his dream of constructing the most unique piece of art, which still is incomparable and exceptionally stand apart from all other monuments present in the world. Subsequently, the emperor gave orders to cut the hands of all the laborers who worked in the construction of the Taj Mahal. The reason behind was that the emperor wanted the mausoleum to be the only one present in this world and was afraid that the laborers who are aware about the design and construction would leak out and can make another mausoleum of this kind.

After the construction of this magnificent monument and with a heavy heart Shahjahan buried his beloved wife’s body right at the centre. And in this way in order to commemorate his wife he monumentalized their tale of true love and made it eternal. The hard work and the love of a husband for his wife still shine bright via this spectacular monument. The true feelings behind the construction let this mausoleum be the one who still retains the enigmatic charm and mesmerizing beauty. The legend behind the emergence of this bewitching monument melts the heart of every traveler who visits the place.

This pure white glorious monument depicts the enchanting Mughal architecture and stands as the diadem to India. The mere entrance of this white mausoleum is exceptionally decorated with red sandstone which complements the white edifice lying inside. Arch shaped doorway exceptionally enhances the beauty of the landscape which this whole structure exhibits. The main gate stands tall with 30 meters of height and is exceptionally decorated with Koran verses that are beautifully inscribed on it. The doomed pavilions on the top exhibits Hindu style of architecture and showcases a perfect blend of Mughal as well as Hindu architecture. The most intriguing part with this main entrance is that the script of the Korean verses appears to be of the same size. It seems as if the artisans were extremely skillful and intelligent it may be possible that they have exceptionally enlarged the letters which gave it an illusion of uniformity.

After entering you’ll come across a fascinating pavement which is elegantly decorated with spectacular gardens in the form of a Charbagh on each side of the pavement. At the end of the pavement there is a raised platform where the Taj Mahal stands tall whose beauty is just beyond description. Taj Mahal is elegantly accompanied with four minarets that enhance the beauty of the structure all the more. The interiors of the mausoleum incorporate a central chamber which stands as an abode of the graves of the royal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife. Emperor’s cenotaph lies elegantly to the left of his beloved wife but a bit higher may be because he was a king and holds a higher position. The cenotaphs too have inscriptions in Persian.

Right above the cenotaphs hung the Cairene lamp whose flame is believed to never burn out. The exceptional marble screen with trellis work fringes the grave and adds more beauty to the interiors of this enigmatic piece of art. The dome is spectacularly inlaid with colorful semi precious and precious stones which decorates as well as beautifies the doom and seems perfect of the white surface of the marble. Thus it depicts the amazing spell bounding beauty which magnetizes the visitors from all over. The doomed ceilings are elegantly designed to echo chants and showcases intricate work of art.

The outcome of the pure feelings – Taj Mahal is internationally recognized as the epitome of love and remains the favorite destination for love birds present across the world. There are a lot of myths about this mesmerizing mausoleum one of which is that of the black Taj Mahal. It is believed that Shah Jahan has bigger plans as he wanted to make a replica of ‘Jannat’ (heaven) on earth. And right beside this glorious white edifice he wanted to build a black Taj Mahal having the same beauty and significance. But unfortunately it wasn’t accomplished. Beside the above mentioned legend there are claims that the place didn’t belong to the Mughals but was an ancient Shiva temple - Tejo Mahalay (Taj Mahal). But none of the above arguments have been proven therefore it remains as a myth.

Above was just a brief introduction to the magnificent Taj Mahal, about its history and architecture but there is still much more than what is being written till date. So come and witness this epitome of true love in person and cherish the mesmerizing beauty which is just ineffable.

 
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