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Taj Mahal Facts for Kids

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Last updated date: 04th Mar 2024
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Information about the Taj Mahal

Everyone wants to see the Taj Mahal at once in their lifetime. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after her death. It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. There are lakhs of tourists who come to India to visit the Taj Mahal from all over the world. Be it sunlight or moonlight, the Taj Mahal looks beautiful every time. Taj Mahal is seen as a symbol of love and is also counted among the 7 wonders of the world.


The Speciality of the Taj Mahal

One thing that you may find very strange, but the truth is that the Taj changes its colour three times a day.  Colour changes are seen depending on the light and time.  The Taj Mahal looks pink in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden in the moonlight. If you have visited the Taj Mahal more than once at different times, then you must have noticed that the colour of the Taj Mahal is different during the day and different at night. 


The Taj Mahal Changing its Colour


The Taj Mahal Changing its Colour


In the centre of the Taj Mahal are the tombs of both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.  These tombs are empty monumental tombs and both are buried in unmarked tombs in a chamber below because the decoration of tombs is forbidden in Islam.


Unknown Facts About the Taj Mahal

  • The Taj Mahal took 22 years to build.

  • More than 22,000 labourers worked in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

  • The construction of the Taj Mahal cost 3.2 crores of rupees at that time.

  • Various Precious stones were brought from various countries for the building of the Taj Mahal.

  • The white marble stone was brought from Rajasthan. Blue gems from Tibet, emeralds from Sri Lanka, jasper from Punjab, and crystals were imported from China.


The Taj Mahal is Built from Precious Stones


The Taj Mahal is Built from Precious Stones


  • The Taj Mahal is a mixture of Persian, Ottoman, Indian, and Islamic architectural style.

  • The Taj Mahal construction started in 1632 AD and was completed in 1653AD.


Solved Questions

1. Where is the Taj Mahal?

Ans: It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.


2. How many days did it take to build the Taj Mahal?

Ans: The construction of the Taj Mahal was started in 1632 and after about 22 years, it was completely completed in 1653.


3. Who built the Taj Mahal?

Ans: The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after her death.


Learning by Doing

Write True or False.

  1. Taj Mahal is counted among the 7 wonders of the world.

  2. The white marble stone was brought from Delhi.

  3. In the centre of the Taj Mahal are the tombs of Mumtaz only.

  4. The Taj Mahal changes its colour three times a day.


Summary

The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal ruler  Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is counted among the 7 wonders of the world. The Taj changes its colour three times a day. The Taj Mahal seems pink in the morning and milky white in the evening and golden in the moonlight. In the centre of the Taj Mahal are the tombs of both Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. More than 22,000 labourers worked in the construction of the Taj Mahal. Various Precious stones were brought from various countries for the building of the Taj Mahal.

FAQs on Taj Mahal Facts for Kids

1. What is the foundation of the Taj Mahal made of?

The foundation of the Taj Mahal is made of heavy wood and these woods are strengthened by the water of Yamuna.  Ebony wood is said to have been used in making the foundation, which is a type of strong black-coloured wood which has a lot of weight and is used in making decorative items.

2. Who was the architect of the Taj Mahal?

Ustad Ahmed Lahori was the chief architect of the Taj Mahal while Ustad Isha was working as the co-architect.

3. When was the Taj Mahal included in the seven wonders of the world?

2007 was the year when the Taj Mahal was included in the seven wonders of the world.