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The Taj Legends

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by lisby1

Article by Mark David

Should guilty seek asylum here,Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,All his past sins are to be washed away.The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.In this world this edifice has been made;To display thereby the creator’s glory.

Those are transliteration of the lines on The Taj Mahal uttered by their creator, the great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Inspiring poets and painters through the ages, this mausoleum is considered the best showcase of Mughal architecture, a style that fuses elements from Persian, Ottoman, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. It has given rise to a thousand myths and legends, most of them, of course, are unsubstantiated by evidence.

Some of the main myths about the Taj Mahal, Agra are:* Myth behind the Name of Taj Mahal* Black Taj Mahal Myth

* Sinking Taj Mahal Myth

* Asymmetrical Taj Mahal Myth* Taj Mahal a Rajput Palace Myth

* Taj Mahal a Shiva Temple Myth* Demolition of the Taj Mahal Myth* Theft in Taj Mahal Myth

* Mutilations in Taj Mahal Myth* Third Graves Set In Taj Mahal Myth* Beating the silhouette of the finial Myth

Among these some of the myths are so universal that they deserve a mention in some details. Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, one of the first European visitors to the Taj Mahal originated the enduring myth that Shah Jahan planned a mausoleum to be built for him in black marble across the Yamuna River. It was suggested that Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb before it could be built.

The appalling details of deaths, dismemberments and mutilations allegedly inflicted by Shah Jahan on various architects and craftsmen connected with the tomb are unsupported by evidence. Some stories allege that those engaged in construction signed contracts committing themselves to have no part in any similar design but such claims are made for many illustrious buildings.

Another myth claims that beating the silhouette of the finial will cause water to come forth; some believe it to this day and officials often get broken bangles around the silhouette.

All these legends of the Taj Mahal of India have added to its curiosity factor, attracting more and more tourists to this fascinating monument, aptly described by Rabindranath Tagore as

“a tear-drop…upon the cheek of time”.

Tourists coming to experience this monument to Love have a mind boggling number of options to stay at. Hotels in Agra come in every shape size and economic category, from the ultra luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas and ITC Mughal to the very homely yet comfortable Amar Yatri Niwas.

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Aparajita loves to write articles on how to get a online hotel booking in your favorite destination spots and how to find hotel booking worldwide that will give you a peace of mind.

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