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Friday, November 4, 2011

Theft in Taj Mahal Myth



Taj Mahal, India



As per the "theft in Taj Mahal" myth, a number of items that were originally a part of the Taj were stolen. It is true that some items were removed from Taj. However, the theft of a number of other items is a mere legend. Some of the items that from a part of the "legend of Taj Mahal theft" are:
  1. A gold leaf that is said to have covered all or a part of the Taj dome
  2. A golden railing believed to have surrounded the cenotaphs
  3. Diamonds supposed to be inlaid in the cenotaphs
  4. A Pearl blanket allegedly covering Mumtaz's cenotaph

The items that were indeed stolen from the Taj include:
  1. An entrance door of carved jasper
  2. Gold leaf covering the cast iron joints of the jali screen around the cenotaphs
  3. Numerous rich carpets that covered the tomb's interior
  4. Enameled lamps from the tomb's interior



  • Demolition of Taj Mahal Myth
  • Is There a Third Set of Graves in Taj
  • Mutilations inside Taj Mahal Myth
  • Sinking Taj Mahal Myth
  • Asymmetric Taj Mahal Myth
  • Black Taj Mahal Myth
  • Taj Mahal Guide

Sinking Taj Mahal Myth

Is Taj Mahal Sinking? One of the most popular myths about the Taj is the "Sinking Taj Mahal" myth. Standing on the banks of river Yamuna in Agra, Taj Mahal received utmost care in its construction. Its architects took all the possible measures to make sure that the Taj was totally stable. Even its weight was distributed in a uniform way and the strongest bonding material was made use of. Nonetheless, inspite of all the precautions, cracks were discovered in it, just four years after its completion.

Read on further to know about the legend of the Sinking Taj…

Close Up of Taj Mahal


After Aurangzeb cited this fact in his letter of 1652, repair measures were taken to solve the problem. However, again in 1810, cracks surfaced, this time more serious than the previous ones. This time, an advisory committee was constituted to decide on the renovation and preservation of the monument. It came to light that due to the northern side of the Taj being lower than south by 1-11/25(3.5cms), it was tilting towards the riverside.

Though the exterior of that Taj is intact, the cracks were noticed on its second story and the underground vaults below the northern side. There may be two reasons for these cracks. Either the lime may crushing due to excessive weight or the Taj is sinking towards the riverside. The Sinking Taj theory gained more popularity since the load is shifting slowly and gradually, cracking the weak points.


  • Demolition of Taj Mahal Myth
  • Is There a Third Set of Graves in Taj
  • Mutilations inside Taj Mahal Myth
  • Theft in Taj Mahal Myth
  • Asymmetric Taj Mahal Myth
  • Black Taj Mahal Myth
  • Taj Mahal Guide

Mutilations inside Taj Mahal Myth

A question that has often cropped up in relation to the beautiful monument of love is "were Taj Mahal's craftsmen mutilated". Without any proper records and evidence, this question has remained like a myth to the people. The mutilations in Taj Mahal myth, goes that the craftsmen who had taken part in the construction of the Taj were disfigured after its completion. It is said that Shah Jahan got the hands of his architects and sculptors cut off so that they may never be able to build a monument as magnificent as the Taj again in their lifetime.

Craftman of Taj Mahal


The legend of mutilations in Taj, further states that he even got their eyes pulled out so that they would never be able to witness anything more beautiful than the monument that they had built. However, this myth hasn't been proven to be correct, till date

  • Demolition of Taj Mahal Myth
  • Is There a Third Set of Graves in Taj
  • Sinking Taj Mahal Myth
  • Theft in Taj Mahal Myth
  • Asymmetric Taj Mahal Myth
  • Black Taj Mahal Myth
  • Taj Mahal Guide

Is There a Third Set of Graves in Taj

Is there a third set of graves in Taj? This "third graves set In Taj Mahal" myth is related to a practice that has been traditionally followed in the cases of tombs. As per the tradition, a third and the real set of graves was always kept in the tombs, along with the representative ones. This has been followed in the tomb of Akbar and the tombs of Itmad-ud-Dauhlah and Chini-ka-Rauza, etc. As per the legend of the third graves set In Taj, there should be a third set in this monument also.

Mumtaj Grave, Taj Mahal, Agra


It is believed that these graves must be somewhere inside the underground vaults of the Taj Mahal. However, the doors on the extreme points of the basement chambers in Taj, which should have housed this third set of graves, have been permanently blocked. Thus, it can never be known whether there was a third set of graves in the Taj or not.


  • Demolition of Taj Mahal Myth
  • Mutilations inside Taj Mahal Myth
  • Sinking Taj Mahal Myth
  • Theft in Taj Mahal Myth
  • Asymmetric Taj Mahal Myth
  • Black Taj Mahal Myth
  • Taj Mahal Guide

Demolition of Taj Mahal Myth

Demolition of Taj Mahal myth has been spreading since the rule of the British in India. It has often been said that the British Governor of India, Lord William Bentinck, had planned to demolish the Taj Mahal. Later on, the marble used in its construction was to be taken out and auctioned off. Legend of Taj Demolition further goes on to state that even the crew for the demolition was ready to perform its task.

Taj Mahal, Agra


However, the plan got abandoned midway, because Bentinck could not make the scheme financially viable. However, the biographer of Bentinck, John Rosselli, has said that this story was made up because Bentick organized for the selling of the discarded marble from Agra Fort. But, the question of "Did British plan to demolish the Taj Mahal" hasn't been answered in a satisfactory manner, till date. 

  • Is There a Third Set of Graves in Taj
  • Mutilations inside Taj Mahal Myth
  • Sinking Taj Mahal Myth
  • Theft in Taj Mahal Myth
  • Asymmetric Taj Mahal Myth
  • Black Taj Mahal Myth
  • Taj Mahal Guide


Black Taj Mahal Myth

Black Taj Mahal myth is concerned with another monument that was supposed to be built opposite the magnificent Taj, on the other side of the river. It is believed that another mausoleum, exactly identical to the original one, was to be built, dedicated to Shah Jahan himself. This monument is now called as the Black Taj, since it was to be constructed out of black marble. The legend of the Black Taj further goes on to suggest that it could not be erected, because, before this could happen, Shah Jahan got toppled by his son, Aurangzeb.



There have been many disputes over the question that "Was there a Black Taj Mahal". Some ruins of a black marble structure are said to have been found across the river. These ruins are believed to be those of the alleged Black Taj Mahal. However, later, it was discovered that the marble that was used had become black from staining and was not originally white. Another contention is that Taj Mahal gardens form a cross, typical of the other garden tombs of Mughals, only when ruins on the other riverbank are included. This indicates that those ruins were indeed meant to be a part of the Taj complex. Asymmetric Taj Mahal Myth
  • Demolition of Taj Mahal Myth
  • Is There a Third Set of Graves in Taj
  • Mutilations inside Taj Mahal Myth
  • Sinking Taj Mahal Myth
  • Theft in Taj Mahal Myth
  • Asymmetric Taj Mahal Myth

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