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Mystery of locked rooms at Taj Mahal

Date: 16 May 2022 Tags: Architecture

Issue

A petition to open the sealed basement doors of the Taj Mahal was rejected by the Allahabad High Court.

 

Background

The petitioner had requested the court to set up facts finding committee to study and publish the real History of Taj Mahal.

 

Details

The petition was dismissed saying that debates about the origin and construction were best left to academicians and historians.

 

Secret rooms in the basement

  • The sealed room is believed to be an arched corridor, which was affixed with doors for best utilization of the room.

  • The room is of no interest to the tourists and is kept locked to prevent unnecessary movement of people.

 

Theory of temple origin

  • The allegations of the Taj Mahal being a temple is raised from time to time, which has been rejected by historians and archaeologists.

  • The first written reference to Taj Mahal can be found in Badshahnama, the chronicle of the reign of Shah Jahan.

  • The architecture of Taj Mahal is in such a way that it could not be possible to be built even before 50 years of its assigned time.

  • It takes inspiration from the double-dome, inlays, and jaalis from various Mughal structures that existed during its commission.

 

Construction

  • The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction was finished in 1648 AD.

  • Ustad-Ahmad Lahori was the main architect of the monument. Artisans, stone carvers and other workers were brought from all over central Asia.

 

Architectural features of Taj Mahal

  • The Taj Mahal is considered the perfect example of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is in form of Charbagh.

  • The decorative art work is done through pietra dura. It is an inlay technique in which stone are cut and fitted to make beautiful designs.

  • Jails are delicate stone curtains, often used as a means of decoration in Indo-Islamic architecture.

  • The use of minarets for Taj Mahal was inspired from many other central Asian monuments. They give a three-dimensional effect to main structure.

  • The double-dome feature in the monuments is used for the purpose of aesthetics and to retain correct proportions.

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