The Taj Mahal- a marvel in the world of engineering and a symbol of eternal love is deservedly the greatest wonder of the world. Its beauty has lured many since its completion way back in 1653. Even though it is a funeral monument, Shah Jahan’s tribute to his wife Mumtaz is seen as a representation of his undying fondness.
Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the Mughal emperor passed away while giving birth to their fourteenth child. Shah Jahan was in grief and decided to build a remembrance to commemorate his love. And after 22 years of hard work from 1631, the involvement of more than 20,000 laborers and innumerable artisans, architects and spending of almost 30 million INR, we have what the great poet Rabindranath Tagore described as “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity.” Shah Jahan ordered to cut off the thumbs of each laborer, so that there would be no other Taj Mahal. While the move may seem a little too much, the engineering feats achieved by the workers of that time clearly outplay the present technology, an evidence that scientists who lived centuries before were far ahead from their time.
Millions of people visit the Taj Mahal and take in its extravagance. What they do not know though, is that the monument is filled with secret passageways and routes which are not open for the public. The doors are sealed cleverly with the help of lime and brick, which will make the passageway unnoticeable.
Let us have a look into some interesting facts which raise serious questions on the Taj Mahal:
Covering up of secret paths
Considered to be a cover up by the Archaeological Survey of India, it is said that the rooms in the red storey which are right below the marble platform contain a Hindu temple. Many argue that the locking was done centuries ago by the orders of Shah Jahan himself.
A private storey having more than a thousands rooms
Numerous arches along the east of the plinth indicate that there are rows of rooms, which add up to 1089. The ventilators are smartly sealed so as to fool the common man.
The locking of all rooms in the first floor
Unknown to people, there are many rooms in the first floor which are locked away, giving no access to people. Even the two staircases which lead to the rooms are locked since Shah Jahan’s time. These rooms have uprooted marble pieces because Shah Jahan did not know the place from where the splendid marble adoring the Taj Mahal came from. This fact is an evidence that the rooms were formed after the monument was completed.
The riverside view of the grave of Mumtaz Mahal
Increasing count of the secret rooms is the rear-side of the monument, where numerous rooms have been hidden. There are windows suggesting inclusion of rooms, but people fail to realize that after watching Mumtaz’s grave and becoming content regarding their trip.
More than twenty hidden rooms having Hindu artwork
Below the platform, there are 22 rooms. This is evident by the fact that there are strips of Hindu paint, which Shah Jahan failed in properly covering up. The question which arises, is that if the monument is actually a museum, then what is the purpose of those hidden rooms?
Ceilings of the rooms and corridors having Hindu artistry
The same 22 hidden rooms as mentioned above have Hindu designs on their ceilings. Access to these rooms is restricted completely. It is quite mysterious of Shah Jahan of having built these articulately beautiful rooms, yet lock them up, and this raises a lot of eyebrows.
Exploration and in-depth study must be done regarding all of the conspiracies around Taj Mahal. The reason behind it is that the monument is not just a collection of blocks of marble, but serves as an ideal of architecture, which is why everything about the building must be transparent. You must visit this amazing monument as soon as possible and look for more clues to contribute to the growing speculations.