Interesting fact about Taj Mahal
Vibhu Jindal
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#1
| Senior Member

Interesting fact about Taj Mahal

I just read it at NDTV site here is the full article........after reading it i realized that havent it been for transportation problems Agra wouldnt have Taj Mahal at all.

Here is the link to article;
http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?category=National&slug=Debate+over+Mumtaz+Mahal%27s+burial+place&id=87030

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#2
| Insomnia Cat
I've been bringing home all the library books about India. Almost all the kids books say that the Taj Mahal is a palace for a king. And almost everybody I've talked to thinks it is too.
#3
| Senior Member
huh.......Taj mahal - a residential palace..........i hope now that ur aware of what actually it is
#4
| Member

Originally posted by: Vibhu Jindalhuh.......Taj mahal - a residential palace..........i hope now that ur aware of what actually it is



It is a residential palace - for resting in peace, that is ! ;)
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It's a mausoleum, a burial place and monument to woman, who someone must have loved very deeply!!

I did have an argument with three Surinaam Indians who swore it was a Hindu temple though!!

I had to print something off the internet to persuade them otherwise!!
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#6
| Insomnia Cat
Yes, I know it's a tomb. I meant to point out that the books are wrong, and I wonder how they all get this wrong..... But now that I look back at my post I see that you couldn't see me rolling my eyes as I mentioned those books and didn't hear me muttering outloud that my friends are all ignorant, however dear, ignorant but not fools. That would be me. The guy who seems to have enough brains but who does all the fooling things... ;)
#7
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Originally posted by: cyberhippie.. who someone must have loved very deeply!!



So deeply that that someone did not think twice before having the hands of the workmen chopped off, lest they create another like it ! What a sadist he must have been !
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#8
| Abaar Se Essechhe Phiriya

Originally posted by: SHIMLASo deeply that that someone did not think twice before having the hands of the workmen chopped off, lest they create another like it ! What a sadist he must have been !



Cruel and sad, yes.

However, it was a rather common practice in India - there are quite a few architectural monuments with similar legends of brutality linked to their history - and it was practiced by rulers irrespective of creed, caste or religion.

Many places of worship have legends of human sacrifice to "facilitate" the construction process, linked to their history.
#9
| Member

Originally posted by: Paagla DashuCruel and sad, yes.

However, it was a rather common practice in India - there are quite a few architectural monuments with similar legends of brutality linked to their history - and it was practiced by rulers irrespective of creed, caste or religion.

Many places of worship have legends of human sacrifice to "facilitate" the construction process, linked to their history.



Yes, PD; I agree. A sadist has no cast, creed or religion.
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#10
| Naan.tering Nabob

Originally posted by: SHIMLASo deeply that that someone did not think twice before having the hands of the workmen chopped off, lest they create another like it ! What a sadist he must have been !



Well - what goes around comes around - seems to me that Shah Jahan's last days weren't very comfortable either.
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#11
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Originally posted by: PeakXVWell - what goes around comes around - seems to me that Shah Jahan's last days weren't very comfortable either.



True. He was cruelly treated by his own son. At the same time, this is not to mean that the son's acts were justified.
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#12
| Naan.tering Nabob

Originally posted by: SHIMLATrue. He was cruelly treated by his own son. At the same time, this is not to mean that the son's acts were justified.



Anything/anybody was fair game back in those days.[cry] [shock]

Bernier's Travels in the Mogul Empire is a must read for the gossip around in that time period. Bernier arrived himself to India in early 1659 - a very interesting time period in Mughal history. Some of his stories cum allegations are fairly ....[shock] [shock] [shock] .
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#13
| Abaar Se Essechhe Phiriya
Not to defend the cruelty but it was not only the Mughals - all feudal powers were guilty of excesses spurred by the intoxicating effect of authority and absolute power.
#14
| bling it on
So deeply that that someone did not think twice before having the hands of the workmen chopped off, lest they create another like it


did not the architect also have his eyes gouged out so he could not design such another beautiful building?
#15
| Lord of Kalinjar
hands cut off, blindings- the urban myths of their day. Not true, say most credible scolars.