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History and Legends of Taj Mahal

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The beauteous white marble edifice of the Taj Mahal, India is an awe- inspiring sight for the visitors on Taj tours. The gorgeous monument was built in the period of Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. The interesting history and legends of the Taj Mahal enhances the merit of this mausoleum and hence, it is celebrated worldwide as an emblem of love and romance. The legends of the Taj Mahal unfold various details about the period of construction of this masterpiece.

History of The Taj Mahal:

The history of the Taj Mahal goes back in the golden era of Mughal Empire. In 1631 the then emperor Shah Jahan grief-stricken by his wife Mumtaz Mahal’s death decided to build a mausoleum in her memory. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is admired universally as one of the ‘seven wonders of world’ for its beauty. The construction of the Taj Mahal started soon after her death and it took around 17 years to finish the principal mausoleum. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the rest of the surrounding monuments and garden were completed in the next five years.

The Taj Mahal Myths:

There are varied legends associated with construction of the Taj Mahal. These myths of the Taj Mahal are not yet proven but surely attract people from all over the world to visit the magnificent sight renowned for varied stories.

The Black Taj Mahal Myth:

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The Black Taj Mahal myth is referred to another monument that was supposed to be built on the other Black Taj Mahal Agra side of River Yamuna, opposite to the Taj Mahal. It was believed that an exactly identical edifice of the Taj Mahal was built dedicated to Shah Jahan in close proximity to the original one. This monument was believed to be built with black marble. This legend of the Taj Mahal built with black marble was suggest that it wasn’t built although some of the ruins of black marble structure are said to have been found across the river.

Myths about the Nomenclature of Taj Mahal:

There are varied stories attached to the nomenclature of the Taj Mahal. One of these myths of Taj Mahal nomenclature is that the name of the magnificent monument is derived from the Persian language. Thereby the Taj means crown and Mahal means palace hence, Taj Mahal literally means “Crown Palace”. Another myth says that the name of the monument was derived from the name Mumtaz Mahal, the third queen of Shah Jahan.

Third Graves Myth:

This myth is based on the common tradition of burying the real graves in the tombs. It is believed that the Taj Mahal apart from containing the representative grave of Mumtaz Mahal also contains her real grave inside.

Mutation inside the Taj Mahal Myth:

This myth says that the craftsmen who had constructed the Taj Mahal were disfigured after its completion. It’s believed that Shah Jahan had ordered to chop off the hands of the architects and craftsmen after the completion of the monuments so that they could never build a monument as beautiful as the Taj ever again. In absence of any evidence or proper records the event is only a myth.