Taj Mahal was built around 400 years ago but its beauty still continues to fascinate us. Here are 13 facts that you probably haven't heard about before.
- When an artisan got to know about Shah Jahan's plan of cutting all workers arms, he intentionally dug a hole on the ceiling of the main hall that is perpendicularly above tombstone of Mumtaz Mahal.
- Taj was concealed with a huge scaffold during WWⅡ and Indo-Pakistan war to protect it from bombers.
- The story of artisans’ arms being amputated is a myth because apparently, some of the architects worked on Red Fort too.
- The 4 minarets of Taj are tilting outwards to protect Taj from calamities like earthquakes.
- The foundation of Taj is made out of Timber, which would have eroded years ago if Yamuna wasn't there. The wood is kept strong and moist by the Yamuna River.
- Taj Mahal is taller than Qutub Minar.
- It had cost around 1,062,824,098 USD in today's money to build Taj Mahal at that time.
- The Taj gets around 12,000 visitors every day.
- The story about black Taj Mahal was true but Shah Jahan could not complete it as he was deposed by his own son Aurangzeb.
- The plinth of the Taj varies but is 2"10 on an average.
- The Taj can change the color depending on the light.
- An optical trick at the gate makes the Taj look smaller as you move towards the gate.
- The fountains ensure uniform water pressure in all the fountains.
By: Neha Maheshwari