Taj Mahal is the most famous architectural wonder of India. Taj Mahal means Crown Palace. According to the English Poet Sir EdwinArnold,” Taj is not pieces of architecture, as other buildings are, but Proud Passions of an Emperor’s love wrought in living stones’. Simply saying, “Having been designed by giants and finished by jewelers”. In other words, “Elegy in Marbles”.
The dome is made of white marble set against the plain across the river. It sparkles in the moon lights when the precious stones inlaid into the white marble in the main mausoleum catch the glow of moon. It is of pink color in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden color in the moon light.
It was build by Shah Jahan the fifth Mughal Emperor in memory of his second wife Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian Princess. Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 12 years. It stands on a square platform of 186×186 feet forming an unequal octagon. The architectural design uses the interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and symmetry of architectural elements. The basement of Taj is of high red sand stones and the terrace is made up of huge white marbles on which four tapering minarets. In side the dome lays the jewel in laid Cenotaph of the Queen. The dome is made of white marble set against the plain across the river.
Here the contradictions begins, yes the other versions about Taj Mahal: The Moghul rulers used their captured temples and mansions as a burial place for their royal courtiers. So many examples are there Humayn, Akbar and Safdarjung are all are buried in such way only.
Researchers like P.N.Oak say that Taj Mahal, the tomb of Queen Mutaz was an ancient temple of Lord Shiva known as Tejo Mahalaya belongs to Maharaja of Jaipur. It was usurped by Shajahan from Jain sing Maharaja of Jaipur. It was recorded in Bahdhusha Nama court records of the Emperor.
The samples from the river side door way of the Taj were subjected to carbon dating tests and it revealed that the door was 300 hundred years older than the Shah Jahan’s rule. With reference to Peter Mundy, John Albert Mandelslo the Taj was a famous one well before Shah Jahan.
Even now many rooms of the Taj Mahal have remained sealed, and are not assessable to any common public give raise to the doubt. Still many Historians believe that Hindu gods’ statues are there in side the sealed rooms.
What ever may be the truth, what ever may be the mystery behind the Taj Mahal,
IT IS THE ELEGY IN MARBLE
It is a quite accepted fact by all.