India is the second most populated country in the world and many people travel there for the culture, the food, and the sights. Aside from these, India is also known for producing Bollywood films – which are longer than Hollywood films and usually centers on family, drama, and music.
India is also known for the famous Taj Mahal. Although the most prevalent religion in India is Hinduism, the Taj Mahal, which is visited by many because of its architecture and story, is actually a Muslim tomb. A Mughal emperor built the Taj Mahal in order to honor his dead wife.
The Taj Mahal may be one of the best buildings with great architecture but many people go there for something else – paranormal activities allegedly take place inside the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal. (Link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eight-secrets-taj-mahal-180962168/)
The History Of Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The huge mausoleum was commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan back in 1632. The Taj Mahal was constructed for 20 years and it is one of the best examples that shows Indian, Persian, and Islamic architecture.
Shah Jahan was a member of the Mughal Dynasty that ruled northern India for almost two centuries. Shah Jahan became the emperor in 1628 after he had a battle with his brothers when their father, King Jahangir, died in 1627. Shah Jahan married his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, also known as the Chosen one of the Palace, in 1612 and she was there beside him throughout his battles until his victory.
Shah Jahan. (Link: https://www.tajmahal.org.uk/shah-jahan.html)
Mumtaz Mahal died in 1631 after she gave birth to their 14th child. Mumtaz Mahal was the favorite of Shah Jahan among his three Queens and he mourned so much to the extent of commissioning the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is built with white marble with semi-precious stones like amethyst, crystal, jade, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and more. It has a central dome and four smaller domes. It also has verses from the Quran inscribed on the arched entrances of the Taj Mahal. Inside the mausoleum is the false tomb. The real remains of the Queen are placed below.
The false tombs inside Taj Mahal. (Link: http://www.tripmytravel.com/taj-mahal-inside-images/)
A total of more than 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants from India, Persia, Europe and the Ottoman Empire worked on the mausoleum complex.
Some workers photographed during the construction of the Taj Mahal. (Link: http://viraltalks.com/taj-mahal-facts-that-will-leave-you-completely-stunned/p/)
Initially, Shah Jahan wanted to build another mausoleum, which he wanted to be his resting place. A bridge would have been made to connect his mausoleum to the Taj Mahal. However, what happened when he died in 1666 was he was buried next to his wife.
The Taj Mahal wasn’t always a wonder because after his death, it was neglected. It underwent repairs until such time that it attracted over three million people to visit the Taj Mahal annually.
To further protect this wondrous architecture, the Supreme Court in India ordered some factories to be closed so that the white marble façade of the mausoleum will not be blackened by the pollution from nearby factories. Also, vehicular traffic was banned from the vicinity of the Taj Mahal.
Shah Jahan Wanted The Taj Mahal To Be The Only Thing Of Its Kind
Some claim that Shah Jahan wanted the Taj Mahal to be one of its kind that he ordered the hands of the workers and the architects to be cut off. Allegedly, he also ordered their eyes to be gouged.
Despite the alleged legend surrounding the workers and architects of Taj Mahal, historians believe that this is not true because they have not found any evidence to prove such claim.
The Legend Surrounding The Architect Of Taj Mahal
According to the other reports, one of the architects of the Taj Mahal committed suicide. This was after he discovered that the mausoleum was facing the wrong direction. Allegedly, he jumped to his death from the fifth floor of the complex.
The ghost of the architect is said to be seen by some roaming the halls of Taj Mahal. He is also usually seen walking around the roof.
Some claim, however, that the Taj Mahal was made to face the other way because it was designed so as the rooms can enjoy the sea view.
Visitor Claims She Saw The Ghost of Mumtaz Mahal
A writer with Psychic Tarot Readings claimed that she saw the ghost of Mumtaz Mahal and a couple of workers when she visited the Taj Mahal.
The writer claimed that it was her first experience to have an encounter with non-English speaking ghosts. When she stepped into the door of the Taj Mahal, the writer said, “I felt her take hold of me as chills went down my spine and goose bumps stood hair on end.” The writer added that the ghost of Mumtaz Mahal was excited the writer was there and even asked the writer if she could come with her during the tour. Although the writer told her she was free to go when she wanted to, the ghost of Mumtaz Mahal stayed with her.
The writer posted a photo showing what seemed to be the soul that was following her. She noted that although the soul looked like it was dark, it was not necessarily evil.
A photo of the alleged soul of Mumtaz Mahal at the Taj Mahal. (Link: http://www.psychictarotreadings.net/taj-mahal-ghost/)
The writer added that she also saw three men ghosts who were still working as if they were trapped during the time when they were constructing the Taj Mahal. The ghosts merely glanced at the writer and continued to talk to themselves as to what needs to be worked on.