” Whenever the moon glimpses from the sky,
it greatly envies the beauty of Taj Mahal.
I yet ponder, is it the architect, bright marbles,
or mark of the love, that makes Taj Mahal.
It was just a structure of white marble stones,
if there was no love story to make Taj Mahal. “
– S.D Tiwari
Poet Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal as “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity”. The Taj Mahal is known as the most brilliant achievement among the funeral monuments all around the world. It’s the history of Taj Mahal that adds a soul to its magnificence: a soul that is filled with love, loss, remorse, and love again. It is also the epitome of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world.
According to history, the construction of Taj Mahal was commenced in December year 1631 by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved third wife ” Mumtaz Mahal ” who died while giving birth to their 14th child.
Masons, stonecutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from Central Asia and Iran, and it took approximately 22 years, 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants to build what we see today. Finally, in 1653 the construction completed at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees.
Even after the popular history, Taj Mahal, like any historic fort, has many secret passages and rooms. There are many rooms in the fort or tomb, these are supposedly kept closed since the time of Shah Jahan. These doorways have been sealed with brick and lime. There are some facts about these hidden doors in Taj Mahal which raises the finger towards the history of Taj Mahal and whether Shanahan actually created this beautiful monument.
Presenting some of the Mysterious facts behind the sealed doors of Taj Mahal
1.) Original Rooms and Foundations that existed have been hidden and crudely covered up away from the public gaze.
In a secret red stone storey immediately below the marble, the platform is one of the 22 riverside rooms. Note Shahjahan has crudely walled up a doorway with unplastered bricks. This crude blocking is Shahjahan grand building work. Such imperial Mogul vandalism lies hidden from the public. This room is in the red stone storey immediately below the marble platform. Is it just a plain cover up of original temple and a conspiracy covered up by the archaeological survey of India.
2.) A secret storey below hiding in excess of 1089 rooms.
These arches along the eastern side of the plinth are an indication of the row upon row of rooms total 1089 that lie hidden inside the marble plinth. Closely scrutinize how the arches and the rectangular ventilators above have been sealed with marble slabs of different sizes and tints. These seven arches enclose stairs which lead to the top of the marble plinth symmetrically from right to left and lead to hundreds of rooms enclosed behind the sealed arches.
3.) Locked First Floor rooms.
These are the rooms on the first floor of the marble structure of the Taj Mahal. The two staircase leading to this upper floor are kept locked and barred since Shahjahan’s time. The floor and the marble walls of such upper floor rooms can be seen in the picture to have been stripped of its marble panels. Shahjahan used that uprooted marble from the upper floor for constructing graves and engraving the Koran because he did not know where from to procure marble matching the splendor of the rest of the Taj Mahal.
4.) Riverside view of Mumtaz’s grave
Most people content to see Mumtaz’s grave inside the Taj, fail to go to the rear riverside. This is the riverside view. From here one may notice that the four storied marble structure on top has below it two more storeys in red stone. Note the window aperture in the left. That indicates that there are rooms inside. Inside the row of arches in the upper part of the wall are 22 rooms. In addition to the four stories in marble, this one shows red stone arches in the 5th storey. The 6th storey lies in the plinth in the lower portion of the photo.
5.) 22 rooms below with Hindu paintwork.
A corner of one of the rooms in the secret storey immediately below the marble platform of the Taj Mahal. Note the strips of Hindu paint on the wall. Shahjahan has crudely walled the ventilator at the left, meant for air and light from the riverside, up. He did not bother even to plaster them. Had Shahjahan built the Taj as a mausoleum what was the purpose of 22 rooms? And why are they kept locked and hidden from the public? There is huge ventilator in the 22 rooms in a secret storey of the Taj Mahal which are crudely sealed with unplastered bricks by Shahjahan.
6.) Hindu design painted on the ceiling of rooms.
This is esoteric Hindu design is painted on the ceiling of some of the 22 locked rooms in the secret storey below the marble platform of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Had Shahjahan built the Taj Mahal he would not have kept such elaborately painted rooms sealed and barred to the public. Even now one can enter these rooms only if one can influence the archaeology department to remove the locks.
7.) The corridor below the marble platform with Hindu design.
On the inner flank of the 22 locked rooms. In the secret storey in red stone below the marble, the platform is this corridor about 12ft. broad and 300 ft long. Note the scallop design at the base of the plinth supporting the arches. This is Hindu decoration which enables one to identify even a bare plinth as Hindu. The corridor is pitch dark because Shahjahan has sealed all the riverside ventilators allowing light and air.
So, these were few secrets of hidden doors of Taj Mahal which are needed to study from the depth and actual truth need to be explored. Don’t kill your curiosity and visit the place and experience the place with so many hidden secrets behind.
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