Myths about the Taj Mahal

From the moment of the construction of the building, it has been the source of an appreciation that transcends traditions and geography, so private and emotional responses have been constantly damaging the educational review of the monument.

Very ancient myths argue that Shah Jahan was planning to build a monument in black marble that crosses the Yamuna River. The thought originates from imaginary writings by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a European tourist who arrived in Agra in 1665. It was said that Shah Jahan was removed from power by his son Aurangzeb before the construction was finished. The blackened marble remains that cross the rivers in Moonlight Garden, Mahtab Bagh, seem to support this myth. However, excavations carried out in the 1990s realize that they were dyed white stones that looked black. A more compelling hypothesis for the origins of the black tomb was confirmed in 2006 by archaeologists who renovated part of the pool in the Garden of the Moonlight. Evidently, a faint reflection of the white mausoleum could be seen, demonstrating Shah Jahan's fascination with the balance and location of the pool.

There are many details that describe the deaths, dismemberments and mutilations that Shah Jahan allegedly imposed on several architects and artisans related to the grave. Some stories affirm that those engaged in construction signed statements committing not to participate in any similar design. Related claims are made for many renowned buildings. There is no evidence to state that Lord William Bentinck, governor general of India in the 1830s, apparently planned to tear down the Taj Mahal and sell the marble. Bentinck's writer, John Rosselli, stated that the story came from Bentinck's idea of ​​raising money through the discarded marble auction of the Agra Fort.

In 2000, the Supreme Court of India dismissed the appeal of PN Oak to announce that a Hindu king built the Taj Mahal. Oak maintained that beginning of the Taj, in addition to other historical constructions in the nation currently accredited to the Muslim profession prior to the date of the Muslim Sultan of India and, therefore, have a Hindu origin. A funny story tells that once a year, at the time of the monsoons, a single drop of water falls on the monument, excited and stimulated by the explanation of the tomb of Rabindranath Tagore. One more fable suggests that hitting the end contour will cause water to flow forward. Until today, officials find traces of broken bracelets near the silhouette.