Taj Mahal Controversy- ASI’s Photos of 22 Underground Rooms Disclose What’s Inside!

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The Taj Mahal (Persian: ; /td mhl, t-/; lit. ‘Crown of the Palace’) is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the right bank of the Yamuna in Agra, India. It was built in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–1658) to contain the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, his favorite wife, as well as Shah Jahan’s own mausoleum. The tomb is placed in formal gardens surrounded on three sides by a crenelated wall and is the centerpiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex that includes a mosque and a guest house.

The mausoleum was substantially finished in 1643, but work on other aspects of the project proceeded for another ten years. The Taj Mahal complex is thought to have been finished in its entirety in 1653 at a cost of around 32 million pounds, which would be around 70 billion pounds in 2020 (around $1 billion).

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20,000 artisans worked on the project, which was overseen by a board of architects chaired by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the emperor’s court architect. The Taj has used various sorts of symbolism to depict natural beauty and divinity.

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ASI’s Photos of 22 Underground Rooms Disclose What’s Inside

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) revealed some previously unseen images of the Taj Mahal taken during restoration work earlier this year, only days after the Allahabad High Court denied a request for a “fact-finding inquiry” within the monument.

The ASI’s January bulletin includes images of several of the Taj Mahal’s underground rooms, which were taken during repair work in the monument, in the midst of the controversy created by the High Court suit to unlock the monument’s 22 “restricted rooms.”

The Taj Mahal’s restoration work took place between December 2021 and May 2022, according to TOI reports, and the photographs have been posted on the ASI website “for everyone to see.”

“The maintenance work of underground cells on the riverfront of the Taj Mahal was taken up a few months ago,” the ASI website says in response to the Taj Mahal dispute. The old, deteriorated lime plaster was removed and replaced with a new layer. Prior to application, traditional lime processing took conducted.”

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According to the Archeological Survey of India’s newsletter, the ASI is responsible for the repair and conservation of monuments around the country, and they undertake routine checks on whether or not the region is open to tourists.

Last Monday, the Allahabad High Court dismissed a plea calling for the unveiling of the Taj Mahal’s 22 shuttered rooms and the start of a “fact-finding inquiry.” The petitioner failed to specify which of his fundamental rights were being violated by keeping the doors shut, according to the high court panel.

Rajneesh Singh, the BJP’s media spokesman in Ayodhya, had filed a petition earlier this month demanding the ASI to uncover the Taj Mahal’s 22 basement rooms to see if there are idols of Hindu deities hidden behind the doors.

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Several Hindutva groups have claimed that the Taj Mahal is actually a historical temple devoted to Lord Shiva named the Tejo Mahalaya, according to the petitioner.

When and Who Built the Taj Mahal?

After Babur, Humayun, Akbar, and Jahangir, Shah Jahan was the fifth Mughal ruler. He is regarded as one of the greatest Mughals, and his reign is known as the Mughal Golden Age. During his lifetime, Shah Jahan built numerous magnificent monuments, the most famous of which is the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The Taj Complex was built between 1631 and 1632 AD. Thousands of workers and craftsmen were employed to erect the main tomb in 1648 AD, while the outlying buildings and gardens were completed five years later in 1653 AD.

Did Shah Jahan Amputate Taj Mahal Workers’ Hands?

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The notion that Shah Jahan sliced the hands of the Taj Mahal builders is a well-known urban legend. To accommodate the workmen who built the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan established Taj Ganj, a huge township. The agreement is still in effect today.

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The notion that he hacked off his workers’ hands contrasts with the emperor’s caring for his tens of thousands of servants. This story has been debunked as an urban legend in various investigations. This claim is also unsupported by evidence.

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