Sunday, February 20, 2011

Taj Mahal, The Historic Monument Of Love In The City Of Agra, India.

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, which is in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. This amazing monument is a symbol of love and took over 20 years to build. It is said that the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan had to hire more than 20,000 artists and craftsmen to construct the Taj Mahal. Many people believe that Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a gift for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The fact is that Mumtaz Mahal died when giving birth to their 14th child. Shah Jahan then decided to build the Taj Mahal in her memory. Another very tragic thing about the contruction of the Taj Mahal was that, Shah Jahan ordered the hands of all 20,000 artisans to be chopped after the construction was complete. He was so impressed by the monument that he was afraid that they would one day construct another similar building.

The above picture of the Taj Mahal is one of the very popular angles at which this monument is shot. The majestic white marble structure of the Taj Mahal along with the four minarets can be clearly seen in the image. What is not very easily visible is that there is a slight tilt (outwards) of the minarets. We will explain this in the remaining paragraphs of this report.


The above image shows one of the four minarets surrounding the Taj Mahal. A little known thing about the minarets is that, they tilt slightly outwards away from the monument. The tilting of the minarets is not because of the ageing construction or similar reasons. The fact is that the original design specifications of the Taj Mahal deliberately provided for the tilting of the minarets. It was felt that this design feature would cause the minarets to fall away from the monument in case of an earthquake.

A side view of the Taj Mahal, the majestic white marble structure is inlaid with semi precious gemstones like jasper. The fact that more than 20,000 artisans were required to make Shah Jahan's dream monument come true, gives you an idea of the intricate work required to be done both inside and outside the taj mahal.

The Kaisilver team has compiled an interesting and comprehensive report on the Taj Mahal. We have published the report at http://www.leisure.food-recipe-cooking.com/taj-mahal-india-01.jpg You can see a collection of interesting leisure articles at http://www.leisure.food-recipe-cooking.com/leisure-travel-thailand-th-02.htm