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Unknown and Interesting facts about Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal draws in 7–8 million guests every year. In 2007, it was announced a victor of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) activity.

The Taj Mahal was built by a whopping 22,000 laborers, painters, stonecutters, embroidery artists.

Emperor Shah Jahan intended to build another Taj Mahal in black marble across the river but a war with his sons interrupted these plans.

The changing moods of the Emperors wife are well captured by the changing hues of the Mausoleum at different times of the day. It takes a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night when illuminated by moonlight.

It intricate work of art and architectural Beauty took 17 years to complete.

The ASI had to conceal the Taj during WW-II  with a huge scaffold to misguide bombers.

The materials that were used in building Taj Mahal were transported to the construction site by the use whopping 1,000 elephants.

Many of the precious stones on the Taj Mahal were ripped off from the walls, by the British army during the Indian rebellion of 1857.

posted Jul 7 by Ambika Sharma

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2. The Chittorgarh Fort was built during the 7th century AD by the Mauryans and was named after the Mauryan ruler Chitrangada Mori, and was used until 1568.

3. When men lost charging their enemy across the fort walls and lost the battles. Women being brave to have committed mass self-immolation (Jauhar). This makes the fort to signify the tribute, courage, and sacrifice. During 7th and 16th centuries considered death as a pride rather than being surrendered under the invading troops.

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5. There are seven gateways in the fort which was built during 1433-1468 by Rana Kumbha. The names of the gates include that of the Paidal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jorla Pol, Laxman Pol, and Ram Pol, the final and main gate.

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7. To commemorate the victory of Sultan of Malwa; Mahmud Shah I Khlaji in 1440 AD, the tower of victory named Vijay Stambha or Jaya Stambha was raised by Rana Khumbha. This is an expression of victory triumph- also called the symbol of Chittor.

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