Thursday, March 17, 2011
Taj Mahal Facts
Location: Agra India (Uttar Pradesh)
Year of Construction: 1632 - 1653
Built By: Shah Jahan
Dedicated to: Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Indian Mughal Emperor - Shah Jahan
Architecture: Islamic and Persian style of architecture
Cost of Construction: 32 crore rupees
Highlights: One of the Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage site
Taj Mahal History
Mumtaz Mahal before her death extracted four promises from her husband – a) to build a memorial to their undying love, b) he should remarry after her death, c) take every care of her children and d) he should visit the memorial every year on her death anniversary. Shah Jahan kept the promises and erected a magnificent memorial dedicated to his beloved wife. The construction of Taj Mahal India began in the year 1632 and took 22 years for its completion. The white mausoleum was built by a labour force of 20, 000 people. The group of skilled architects, stone-carvers, inlay craftsmen, calligraphers and mansions were appointed to build this the historical building.
Taj Mahal Architecture
The stunning architecture of Taj Mahal is a perfect blend of Central Asian, Persian and Islamic style of architecture. White marble building stands on a raised, square platform with its four abridged corners, making an unequal octagon. The central dome of Taj Mahal measures 213 feet in height and 58 feet in diameter, which stand bordered with four intricately carved chambers. A burial crypt inside the monument houses the tombs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Taj Mahotsav at Taj Mahal India
Month of February holds the grand celebrations of Taj Mahotsav. It is one of the most awaited festival, organized by the Uttar Pradesh tourism. The festival emphasizes on promoting the rich crafts, arts, culture, folk dance, music and cuisines of Uttar Pradesh.
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