How Well Do You Know Taj?
With a timeless beauty stitched on each of its marbles, Taj Mahal stands as the ‘Crown of Palaces’ among the other architectural marvels of the whole world. From an epitome of love to the pride of India, the monument is known by a number of names with different tales. Among the stories that are popular, there remain a few untold ones. Here we bring you the eight most fascinating facts about Taj Mahal we bet you didn’t know about:
- The mystery of the first selfie
It hasn’t been that long when selfie became a trend. And in 1996 it surely wasn’t a thing when the lead guitarist of The Beatles, George Harrison clicked an iconic selfie with Taj Mahal. This was the first selfie ever taken with the monument and he was 23 years old when he captured this iconic photograph through his fish eye lenses.
- An artist named himself as Taj mahal
The fact that there is only one Taj Mahal in the world is a myth. Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, an American blues musician, was very much inspired by Gandhi and India in his life all throughout. This Grammy Award-winning musician took this inspiration to another level by changing his stage name to Taj Mahal.
- The burial of Mumtaz Mahal
The tale of Mumtaz Mahal’s death is popular among every one. But what people are unaware of is that she took her last breath in Burhanpur town where she was buried. After the burial, the body of the Queen was then shifted to Agra and was buried inside the Taj Mahal.
- The tall controversy
If you are in the illusion that Qutub Minar is the tallest monument of India then we take our pleasure in bringing a shocking update. With a difference of five feet, to be more precise, Taj Mahal stands as a taller monument than Qutub Minar.
- Agra- the second choice
Agra wasn’t the first place that Shah Jahan had in his mind to build his mesmerizing monument of love. On the bank of Tapti River, a town in Madhya Pradesh, Burhanpur was his first choice where Shah Jahan planned to build Taj Mahal. But the idea was rejected because the town couldn’t supply enough white marbles.
- The journey as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’
Taj Mahal was declared as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ in the year 2007. This beautiful monument won over 100 million votes on a worldwide poll where people were given the chance of voting the ‘Seventh Wonder’ online or through an SMS.
- The person behind the architectural marvel
The reason behind the beautiful intermingling of four kinds of architecture of Taj Mahal lies in the fact that the person who built the monument wasn’t an Indian. The chief architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was a Persian who resided in Iran.
- The replicas
All over the world from UK to Dubai and China, people tried to build a replica of Taj Mahal. Among the 7 replicas situated in different corners of the world, nothing could match up to the grandeur and elegance of the real monument that still stands strong.