Why Indian Government Doesn’t Want to Open Secret Rooms in Taj Mahal & 25 Other Astounding Taj Mahal Facts!

Sold repeatedly by a conman! There are many such lesser-known and mind blowing facts about this grand mausoleum that you may not know. The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and rightfully so because of its endearing beauty and rich heritage. It is one of the most iconic structures in the world and has made it to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

Built in the fond memory of Mughal queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful structure leaves every tourist in awe. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built it for her after she passed away giving birth to their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Around 2,000 artisans handled the project and its cost is estimated to be approximately an equivalent value of ₹ 52.8 billion (US$ 827 million) today.

Want to know more about this famous ‘tomb of love’? Read on to find out what inexplicable secrets lie hidden behind the majestic grandeur of this magnificent mausoleum. Here are 25 incredible facts from the history of the Taj Mahal.

1) The chief architect was Persian


The chief architect of the Taj Mahal, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, was not an Indian. He was a Persian architect who it is believed also lay the foundation of Red Fort in Delhi.

2) Imported precious stones


A total of 28 different types of precious and semi-precious stones were imported from various countries like Tibet and China and set in the white marble around this monument.

3) The secret of the minarets 


If you look at the Taj Mahal closely, you’ll find that the four minarets on its sides are slightly tilted. It was built that way on purpose to prevent the structure from falling apart in the event of an earthquake.

4) Changing pattern of colours


The Taj Mahal reflects different shades at different times of the day due to the reflection of sun. It changes from shy pink in the morning to milky white in the evening and burnished golden on a moonlit night. It is believed to be the changing moods of a woman, specifically Mumtaz Mahal.

5) 99 Names of Allah in calligraphic inscriptions


The calligraphic inscriptions on the walls of the Taj Mahal are fascinating. You can find 99 names of Allah and excerpts from the Quran inscribed on its walls.

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  1. Point no. 24.
    Another magician did the same thing on the same date after 16 years, but he made disappear the 500 and 1000 rupee note in front of the entire nation 😀

  2. I know a strange fact about this as well…
    All say and believe that “taj mahal is symbol of love ” – taj mahal pyaar ki nishani he .
    Actually it’s a symbol of arrogance as well ..
    Shah wanted to compete with his god (khuda or allah ki barabri krna chahta tha) . He was depressed after his wife’s death so he challenged god and said “me tere brabr kii jaanat isi dharti pe banunga “( i will create heaven equivalent to god’s heaven. Just here on the earth).. Source: discovery’s documentary on taj . Please check it once . And one more taj mahal is built totally based on concept of replcas .. that’s why its symmetrical and outside buildings as well. And that’s why shah jahan decided to built same structure with black marble but no treasury was left after building of white one.

  3. Point #25 . Optical illusion genius
    It is true that if you move closer to the gate, the Mausoleum looks smaller and looks bigger as one moves away. This illusion happens because when we are closer to the gate we can see the Mausoleum as well as its surroundings, which makes it look smaller infront of the vivid scenario of its surroundings. But when we move away from the gate we can see only the Mausoleum which creates an illusion in our mind as if it looks bigger. If you closely consider the three pics of point #25 you can see the difference.

  4. The photo accompanying the first fact is not of Taj Mahal. Instead it’s a photo of one of the corridors of Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    • thank God you clarified this. Though I have not seen the Taj Mahal, I have seen any photos of its interior like this, and this one left e wondering it if it was so beautiful from inside still.

  5. Agra Shiva name is Teja – lot of Teja temples in the area. The people who dominate the Agra region are Jats. Their name of Shiva is Tejaji. The Jat special issue of The Illustrated Weekly of India (June 28,1971) mentions that the Jats have the Teja Mandirs i.e., Teja Temples. This is because Teja-Linga is among the several names of the Shiva Lingas. Agreshwar Nagnatheshwar Teja/Tejo Mahal aya (Taj Mahal) – trying to wipe out or retain link traces of the original? If the Taj is believed to be a burial place, how can the term Mahal, i.e., mansion apply to it? Normally names of Imambara, Maqbara, Mazar are given. Aurangzeb letter to Shahjahan on structure needing repairs at that time itself. In that letter Aurangzeb records in 1652 A.D itself that the several buildings in the fancied burial place of Mumtaz were seven storeyed and were so old that they were all leaking, while the dome had developed a crack on the northern side. Badshahnama mention(page 403, vol 1). Jaipur Rana archives holding Mughal firmans on the structure. Jaipur Maharaja Jaisigh for Mumtaz’s burial, and the building was known as Raja Mansingh’s palace. Two orders from Shahjahan dated Dec 18, 1633 (bearing modern nos. R.176 and 177) requestioning the Taj building complex. Three firmans from Shahjahan demanding marble were sent to Jaisingh within about two years of Mumtaz’s death. Nothing on the sealed rooms. There are persons who are connected with the repair and the maintainance of the Taj who have seen the ancient sacred Shiva Linga and other idols sealed in the thick walls and in chambers in the secret, sealed red stone stories below the marble basement. Lots of replicas all over India(much boasted symmetry), Taj Resorts & Palaces started in Mumbai, 1903. Original condition had gold and silver wrapping, studded with gems, plush luxurious carpets. Silver doors, gold railing, the gem studded lattice and strings of pearl, lapis lazuli, two chandeliers of agate and silver were hung over the main cenotaph. The cost of the Taj is nowhere recorded in Shahjahan’s court papers. There would have not been any scope for guesswork of the period of construction had the building construction been on record in the court papers. The designer of the Tajmahal is also variously mentioned as Essa Effendy, a Persian or Turk, or Ahmed Mehendis or a Frenchman, Austin deBordeaux, or Geronimo Veroneo, an Italian, or Shahjahan himself. There should have been available in Shahjahan’s court papers design drawings, heaps of labour muster rolls, daily expenditure sheets, bills and receipts of material ordered, and commisioning orders. There is not even a scrap of paper of this kind. Taj Mahal has one grave in the basement and another in the first floor chamber both ascribed to Mumtaz. Those two centotaphs were infact erected by Shahjahan to bury the two tier Shivalingas that were consecrated in the Taj. It is customary for Hindus to install two Shivalingas one over the other in two stories. The Tajmahal entrance faces south. Had the Taj been an Islamic building it should have faced the west. Below the marble plinth reaching down to the river at the rear are two more stories in red stone. They may be seen from the river bank. The seventh storey must be below the ground (river) level since every ancient Hindu building had a subterranian storey.
    Immediately bellow the marble plinth on the river flank are 22 rooms in red stone with their ventilators all walled up by Shahjahan. Those rooms, made uninhibitably by Shahjahan, are kept locked by Archealogy Department of India. The lay visitor is kept in the dark about them. Those 22 rooms still bear ancient Hindu paint on their walls and ceilings. On their side is a nearly 33 feet long corridor. There are two door frames one at either end ofthe corridor. But those doors are intriguingly sealed with brick and lime.
    Apparently those doorways originally sealed by Shahjahan have been since unsealed and again walled up several times. In 1934 a resident of Delhi took a peep inside from an opening in the upper part of the doorway. To his dismay he saw huge hall inside. It contained many statues huddled around a central beheaded image of Lord Shiva. It could be that, in there, are Sanskrit inscriptions too. All the seven stories of the Tajmahal need to be unsealed and scoured to ascertain what evidence they may be hiding in the form of Hindu images, Sanskrit inscriptions, scriptures, coins and utensils. Between 1959 and 1962 when Mr. S.R. Rao was the Archealogical Superintendent in Agra, he happened to notice a deep and wide crack in the wall of the central octagonal chamber of the Taj. When a part of the wall was dismantled to study the crack out popped two or three marble images. The matter was hushed up and the images were reburied where they had been embedded at Shahjahan’s behest. Confirmation of this has been obtained from several sources. Vincent Smith records in his book titled `Akbar the Great Moghul’ that `Babur’s turbulent life came to an end in his garden palace in Agra in 1630′. Babur himself refers to the Taj in his memoirs as the palace captured by Ibrahim Lodi containing a central octagonal chamber and having pillars on the four sides. Early in the year 1973, chance digging in the garden in front of the Taj revealed another set of fountains about six feet below the present fountains. This proved two things. Firstly, the subterranean fountains were there before Shahjahan laid the surface fountains. And secondly that those fountains are aligned to the Taj that edifice too is of pre Shahjahan origin. Apparently the garden and its fountains had sunk from annual monsoon flooding and lack of maintenance for centuries. At the south east corner of the Taj is an ancient royal cattle house. Cows attached to the Tejomahalay temple used to reared there. A cowshed is an incongruity in an Islamic tomb.
    Over the western flank of the Taj are several stately red stone annexes. These are superflous for a mausoleum.
    The entire Taj complex comprises of 400 to 500 rooms. Residential accomodation on such a stupendous scale is unthinkable in a mausoleum. The Tajmahal has pleasure pavilions which a tomb would never have. The interior of the dome rising over Mumtaz’s centotaph has a representation of Sun and cobras drawn in gold – redundant for Islamic mausoleums. A wooden piece from the riverside doorway of the Taj subjected to the carbon 14 test by an American Laboratory, has revealed that the door to be 300 years older than Shahjahan,since the doors of the Taj, broken open by Muslim invaders repeatedly from the 11th century onwards, had to b replaced from time to time. The Taj edifice is much more older. It belongs to 1155 A.D, i.e., almost 500 years anterior to Shahjahan. Lots of Western travellers, experts have written on it, nobody mentioned it as being seen to be built, including Tavernier. `COURT OF ELEPHANTS” as the great area was called” – redundant to Islamic mausoleums. Rauza-i munawwara, meaning the illumined or illustrious tomb – why will a tomb mausoleum be illumined?

    • I too have heard of it…Thank u for such a great info …..Can u pls give me some references to gain more info about it

  6. i want to know more about taj
    can anyone suggest a good book about taj
    i want a book with good number of pictures

  7. Every point is clear except your 3rd point that is “The secret of the minarets”
    You are saying that these minarets are tilted slightly for the earthquake purpose. But I am satisfied with this point .Your report is not appropriate about this point.

  8. Legends say the famed shyamantak gem of krishna had radiative emissions. This gem was said to have passed down to descendants who later formed the rajput dynasty. One particular rajput, jai singh was a favorite of shah jahan. The plot of land where the Taj mahal stands was gifted to the emperor by jai singh. It is said that during the construction of the Taj mahal dome, a cavity was left. The original dome was constructed, a cavity left in between and then the outer dome covered it. In this cavity, the shyamantak gem was said to have been hidden by jai singh, because at that era, rajputana had begun to face afghan attacks. The gem still emitted radiation. To counter this, bel and neem groves were planted across the gardens of taj mahal, which exist to this day. 😉

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