Tourists who wish to see the beauty of India simply cannot miss visiting the famous Taj Mahal. The Agra mausoleum is one of the most popular tourist attractions and the country’s most famous monument. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built it between 1632 and 1647 and dedicated it to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Sadly, she died in childbirth and her husband wanted to honor her memory. However, not much is known about the history of the Taj Mahal. This is probably why people continue to be so fascinated by it.
Firstly, visitors should get ready to have trick played on their eyes as they approach the mausoleum. The craftsmen and architects who built it mastered the art of illusion. This is why the monument actually appears bigger from a distance and it shrinks as someone approaches it. It’s the opposite of how a normal building should appear. Also, the minarets surrounding it may look perfectly straight, but look closer and you might see the reality. They are actually leaning forward, both for aesthetic balance and function.
The mysteries of the Taj Mahal
There is also a gruesome story that has added to the mystery of the monument over the years. The myth says that Shah Jahan didn’t want the beauty of the mausoleum to be equaled by any other structure. This is why he took out the eyes of the builders and severed their hands. However, this is probably just a legend as historians do not have any proof that it ever happened.
Also, it’s interesting that the exquisite cenotaphs honoring Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are actually empty. They are just for show, as the real sarcophagi are in a separate room below, near the gardens. The Taj Mahal is also one of the most representative constructions of Mughal architecture. Moreover, it is almost completely symmetrical. But there is one exception. The Emperor’s cenotaph breaks off this incredible balance because of its placement. This led experts to believe that the original intention was to not be buried there.
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