The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is a work of great love and concern and was a token of love and devotion between the Hindu goddesses and the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The essence of love, in the form of a building, reflects how much it was felt by those who built it.
The city of Agra has always been under the rule of the Mughals. They took up the ownership of the Taj Mahal, with the help of local people. The main building of the edifice was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
What Did Aurangzeb Do
It is believed that after the death of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the structure was inherited by his son Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb wanted to demolish the old Taj to build a new palace. His idea was that the structure had served him and his predecessors so well, that it should not be removed. He also wanted to build a new mosque in its place.
However, the Mughal Emperor allowed the construction of the Taj to continue, on the grounds that the architectural glory of the edifice would reflect the position of Shah Jahan in the hearts of the Mughals. It is for this reason that no architectural sketches were made by the rulers to alter the structure. The new palace, which has been built is considered as a symbol of the goodwill of the Mughals towards the British rulers of India.
The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was known to have often been amused by the different architectural designs of the Taj Mahal. After his death, his successor, Shah Jahan, made it a point to completely redecorate the edifice.
Shah Jahan attempted to remove the architectural features from the edifice to make it look contemporary. It was thought that some of the edifices had served the Mughals for so long, that it was time to change the style and aesthetics. Some of the various additions made to the edifice were its wall hanging pictures, the intricately carved marble pillar, and the presence of a small courtyard within the edifice.
Knowing More About Aurangazeb: Interesting Facts About the Taj Mahal
The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s presence is significant. The Emperor allowed the building of the Taj Mahal because he was fascinated by it. He is said to have spent long hours at the Taj, observing its beauty and taking pleasure in its architecture.
However, the Mughal Emperor was troubled by a phobia of water. He feared that any accident in the Taj could lead to floods and damage the edifice. Therefore, he decided to replace the design of the Taj Mahal which was based on Hindu mythology and iconography.
The Mughal Emperor Firoz Shah Tughlaq did not like the sight of all those water-filled holes carved into the exterior walls of the edifice. This meant that water would leak in and cause major damages to the structure. Therefore, he had a model made, which he held in his hand, during his visits to the Taj Mahal.
Firoz Shah Tughlaq’s successor, Aurangzeb, had more ambitious plans for the edifice. He wanted to build a mosque inside the edifice. He also wanted to build a famous garden which could be the property of the Mughal Emperor.
Therefore Aurangzeb did not get any of these plots. The garden was never built. Aurangzeb however, gets the walls of the edifice to redecorate. The Taj Mahal has played an important role in the history of the Indian subcontinent. It continues to be a symbol of love and affection, and a masterpiece of architectural talent.