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Taj Mahal & It’s ‘Secret Room’; What Is The Truth?

This wonder of the world is a mysterious heritage site that is claimed to have 22 rooms sealed in the basement. What is the ultimate truth?
Published -16 May 2022, 12:26 ISTUpdated -16 May 2022, 16:24 IST
Taj Mahal Secrets

Taj Mahal is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the World. With the only heritage monument being from the territory of India, there have been claims sparking through the towns for the longest time.  

History Of The Taj Mahal 

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The 5th Mughal emperor in the history of India, Shah Jahan was the next on the throne to Jahangir, who went on to become the best emperor in all of the Mughal Empire that lasted in India from 1526 to 1761. His reign was considered the Golden Age of Mughals. 

It was during the reign of this emperor that the world got to witness the excellence of architecture with monuments like the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. The Taj Mahal in Agra is considered one of the wonders of the world, giving Mughal architecture an exquisite status in world architecture. 

The construction of the Taj Mahal began around 1631. The main structure was completed in 1648 AD by employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen, whereas, the outlying buildings and gardens were finished five years later in 1653.

Is The Taj Mahal A Hindu Temple?

All over India, the people belonging to the Hindu and Muslim communities respectively have been having a tussle over what signifies their traditions and cultures. With the Taj Mahal being in the center of focus lately, people resorted to the law justice system to initiate a process of finding it’s true roots! 

A petitioner group went forward referring to the Taj Mahal as the Tejo Mahalaya, a Hindu temple. The petitioners also claimed that it was “perhaps built in the 4th century to serve as a palace” and was completed in 1145 AD by Raja Paramardi Dev. 

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Was The Taj Mahal Captured By Shah Jahan?

There have been several claims that have followed to this date. Another claim made by the BJP MP, Diya Kumari suggests that Shah Jahan had captured the Taj Mahal without giving any compensation to the royal family, as she has evidence to prove the same! 

Did Shah Jahan Chop The Hands Of The Makers?

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It has been a popular belief that the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan had chopped off the hands of the workers who built this beauty for his ever-lasting love for his wife, Mumtaz. It was said that the emperor took this step to ensure that there would never be such a monument in history to replicate the beauty of this one. 

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Are These Claims Even True?

There have been many claims that have come forward in the past, but none of them have come with evidence that has proved any one of them! On the contrary, there is evidence that several people involved in the construction were well-respected at the time and enjoyed royal patronage. The records from the time list 37 architects who worked on the Taj Mahal. 

What Is The Secret With 22 Locked Rooms In The Taj Mahal?

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Recently, a plea had been put forward to the Lucknow bench by the BJP Youth leader, Rajneesh Singh, seeking a fact-checking investigation behind the 22 locked rooms that reside inside the Taj Mahal. The plea claims of idols of Hindu deities are present in the room, making it a Hindu temple after all! 

The petitioner also contended that the Taj Mahal was indeed a Shiva Temple, known as Tejo Mahalaya, asking the government to publish the ‘real history’ of this wonder! But as saddening as it is to the people who approached the bench, the petition was declined. The controversy continues, and so do the claims! 

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