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How was the Taj Mahal built?

It is believed over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials. It took the efforts of 22,000 labourers, painters, embroidery artists and stonecutters to shape the Taj Mahal. The translucent white marble was brought from Makrana, Rajasthan, the jasper from Punjab, jade and crystal from China.

What type of rock is used to build Taj Mahal?

Marble was used for the construction of Taj Mahal. The pure white marble used to construct the mausoleum has given it a beauty that is unmatched.

Why is the Taj Mahal made of marble?

Often described as one of the wonders of the world, the stunning 17th Century white marble Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. The conventional story behind it is Shah Jahan’s eternal love for Mumtaz.

Is Taj Mahal built on wood?

When Shah Jahan decided to build the Taj Mahal on a wooden base on the banks of the Yamuna, he got everything right from design to science. Except for one thing: he never factored in the Yamuna going dry. In the Mughal era, wood was used to lay solid foundations.

Is the Taj Mahal falling apart?

But the Taj Mahal has indeed begun to lose its shine. Its foundations are weakening and cracks are becoming larger, and deeper in the marble dome and the monument. The upper parts of the minarets are said to be on the verge of collapse. “Taj Mahal should be protected.

Will the Taj Mahal collapse?

The Taj Mahal is under threat of demolition because pollution has damaged it so much. India’s Supreme Court has made a statement threatening to demolish the Taj Mahal or to shut it down. The statement came in response to the lack of action taken to prevent and remedy the discoloration of the monument.

Is Taj Mahal really a temple?

But is the Taj Mahal really a temple? No, it’s really not. Nevertheless, theories about the celebrated tomb and mosque, built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century (1632-53), being a Shiva temple have done the rounds for years.

What was before Taj Mahal?

It is believed that on the piece of land where Taj Mahal now stands was obtained by Shah Jahan from the Rajput sovereign Mirza Jai Singh and that a Hindu temple by the name of Tejo Mahalya, dedicated to Lord Shiva, stood here before Taj Mahal.

Is Taj Mahal a mosque or temple?

“It was our temple. Taj Mahal will be converted into Tej Mandir soon,” he said. In August, replying to a petition by Hindu groups, government archaeologists told India’s Supreme Court that the monument was indeed a Muslim tomb and not a temple.

Can we wear shoes in Taj Mahal?

Though there is some walking to be done, the Taj Mahal grounds are clean, paved, and well-maintained—you won’t need hiking boots or even super-supportive footwear to enjoy the Taj Mahal. Note that to enter the mausoleum, you’ll have to take off your shoes or wear provided disposable shoe covers.