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Twenty Facts About the Taj Mahal

January 4, 2013


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Taj Mahal

India’s most emblematic monument, the Taj Mahal, is probably one of the best known structures in the world. Built in white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his wife Mumtaz after her death, the Taj Mahal is famous world over as the monument of love. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal is shrouded in myth and there have been many legends which have cropped up over the years. Here are interesting facts about this world famous monument:

 Facts About the Taj Mahal

  • The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and was completed in 1653. It took a total of twenty two years to complete the construction of this monument.
  • The architecture of the Taj Mahal is a combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles of architecture.
  • The name of the architect of the Taj Mahal is Ahmed Lahauri.
  • The Taj Mahal was Shah Jahan’s imagination of Mumtaz’s home in paradise.
  • Around 20,000 people worked day and night for twenty two years to complete construction of the Taj Mahal.
  • The cost of construction of the Taj Mahal was around Rs.320 million.
  • The Taj Mahal was constructed using the best quality marble from Rajasthan, Tibet, Afghanistan and China.
  • At different times of the day the Taj Mahal appears to be in a different colour. Some believe that these changing colours depict the changing moods of a woman.
  • The Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • There was a popular myth that Shah Jahan was planning to construct a black Taj Mahal across the Yamuna, this is not true.
  • Another popular myth around the Taj Mahal is that after the construction of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan cut off the hands of all the workers so that such a structure could not be built again. Fortunately, this is not true.
  • The Taj Mahal has a mosque in its premises, which is why the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays and only those going for customary prayers are permitted inside the Taj Mahal.
  • Shah Jahan approached the Taj Mahal on a boat which would sail down the River Yamuna which ran behind the Taj Mahal.
  • By the late 19th century, the Taj Mahal had been defaced by the British soldiers who chiseled out precious stones from the walls of the monument. At the end of the 19th century, British Viceroy, Lord Curzon, ordered a restoration of the monument and also gifted a large lamp which hangs in the interior chambers of the Taj Mahal.
  • In 2000, an Indian writer P.N. Oak claimed that the Taj Mahal was actually a ShivTemple and filed a petition with the Supreme Court of India to excavate the site of the Taj to look for proof. His petition was rejected by the Supreme Court.
  • In 2001, the UNESCO documented more than two million visitors to the Taj Mahal.
  • India’s’ Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, referred to the Taj Mahal as a “tear drop on the cheek of time”.
  • Calligraphy on the tomb of Mumtaz identifies and praises her.
  • The four minarets of the Taj Mahal have been constructed slightly outside of the plinth so that in case the minarets fell, they would fall away and not on the main structure.
  • After his death, Shah Jahan was laid to rest in the Taj Mahal besides the tomb of his wife Mumtaz.

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Akbar Tomb

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Maryann Taylor, amongst other things is primarily a teller of anecdotes, devourer of books, compulsive writer, dog lover, daydreamer and traveller, who still takes delight in reading Enid Blyton and riding bicycles.


Showing 17 Comments :

This helped me with my project on the taj mahal. I have found many interesting facts and things that will help me. I have enjoyed this site!! 🙂


is Mr. p.n Oak, a fool, or someone extraordinary, the world knows TAJMAHAL, and oak is something else. such thoughts should immediately, banned.


All these facts are wonderful and true . Shah Jahan was the most nice ruler . I like the rule of the Mughals and the Taj Mahal just wow . He was not trying to spoil the hindu religion . He was trying to show them the right path .


What I believe is the P N Oak’s claim was right as at that time mughalai wants to spoil hindu religion so they were turning our woman’s religion by marry with them so they could turn this shivo mahal into a Taj Mahal.

It is my belief only…..


Yes I believe all the crimes of shah jahan from this site

PradipBanerjee May 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Good explanation about the Taj history.But headache is this how can be preserve this glory now a days.


I have plenty of interest in Taj Mahal.
And I am very impressed knowing these key taj mahal facts

Nice informative article.
I will check out other articles on your site as well.


Tajmahal is not the seven wonders of the BUT first wonders of the world.Shah jahan the “LEGEND”


I like tajmahal I also see many times


i like taj mahal but i am not see in really




shah jahan was planning to build a black taj mahal on the opposite bank of the yamuna but due to the war of succesion between his sons he could not build it


The main fact is, Shahjahan had many black money, thats why he made Tajmahal. Now a days, is it possible to make a expensive palace like that? Mumtaj — bulshit!!!!


Yes, even I also think that Taj Mahal was not build by Shah Jahan


The facts you mention are not a “convenient omission”. This is a user based portal where we encourage people to share articles on what they are passionate about or what they have opinions on. This is also a place where information is shared and we learn along the way. Thanks for the added information.


Whilst you correctly state that British soldiers looted the Taj, is it a convenient omission that Jats (1761) and Marathas (1770) did the same?

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