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Taj Mahal : The Wonder Of India

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Taj Mahal : The Wonder Of India

We all know the Taj Mahal to be an "epitome of love." But do you know some of the hidden mysteries behind this monument?

They are:
1. The monument has Islamic inscriptions all over
Texts from the Quran have been inscribed in calligraphy all over the Taj Mahal. The text says "O soul you are at rest. Return to the Lord in peace with him, and he at peace with you."
2. The architecture of the Taj Mahal is a combination
The impressive architecture of the monument is a mix of Islamic, Persian, and Indian styles. It adds to its beauty and elegance.
3. Taj was protected during wars
During World War II, the government and the people tried their level best to protect the Taj Mahal. Extensive scaffolding was added to protect it.
4. It was strategically constructed to prevent the collapse
A 130-foot tall spire was placed at the edge of the platform so that the structure does not collapse easily.
5. The attack of the Britishers on the Taj Mahal
During the Indian rebellion of 1857, the Britishers ripped off several precious stones from the body of the monument.
6. The reflection of colors indicate the Emperor wife's mood
The monument has a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden at night.
7. Huge transportation of raw materials
Almost 1000 elephants were required to transport raw materials from one place to another during the construction of the monument.
8. The story of arms being cut off the construction artisans is a hoax
The chief supervisor of the architect team, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri laid the foundation of Red Fort as well years later.
9. The value of the Taj Mahal today is close to $1 billion
Shah Jahan spent nearly 32 million rupees at that time, on the construction of this monument.
10. The monument is constructed from 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones
All these stones were imported from several countries like Tibet, China, Sri Lanka.