Taj Mahal needs no introduction as it is one of the greatest monuments ever built in the history of mankind and also for the fact that it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. What most of you might not be knowing is the fact that there was a black Taj Mahal in the making which had all the same dimensions of the original Taj Mahal, albeit the color. It is one of the mysteries in India that has attracted quite a lot of attention in the past as well.
In the book “Les Six Voyage De Jean Baptiste Tavernier” it was mentioned that more than twenty thousand workers worked day and night for more than 22 years to complete the work of one of the most amazing pieces of architecture this world has witnessed. The cost, labor and the hour spend on Taj Mahal were enormous. When Shah Jahan completed his work on the Taj Mahal which he dedicated to the love of his life, his wife, MumTaj, he decided that he would build a similar structure, but in black color, as his tomb, where he wishes to rest after his death. But the relations and the kind of war he had with his sons never made this idea of his complete and Aurangzeb, who reigns at present, is not disposed to complete it.
The historians believed that Shah Jahan wanted a building exactly same as Taj Mahal in order to give the world a perfect example of two tombs. His plan was to build it on the other side of the river for himself resting-in-peace. British archaeologist, Mr. Archibald Carlyle has also mentioned in one of his reports on the authenticity of the idea that Shah Jahan indeed had this in mind and Carlyle stated –
“This garden enclosure, now a mere waste piece of ground, though it now bears the name of Mahtab Khan, is, without a doubt, the site on which Shah Jahan intended to have built a mausoleum for himself, to correspond to that of his queen, namely, the Taj Mahal opposite.”
Percy Brown had also expressed his view on the Black Taj Mahal in the year 1943:
“That it was Shah Jahan’s intention to duplicate the entire scheme of the Taj by the erection of another mausoleum in black marble to enshrine his own remains, on the opposite bank of the Jumnan and to connect the two by a bridge, seems fairly well established. The former emperor began to build his own tomb on the other side of the river, but the war which he had with his son interrupted his plan, and Aurangzeb, who reigns at present, is not disposed to complete it.”
Though, the mystery of the Black Taj Mahal still stands as one of the unsolved mysteries India and whether the emperor had all the plans for it or it got shelved because some associates of the emperor saw this as Emperor’s foolishness to put so much money into something that they thought was not worth. We all know that if it would have been made, we would have had two structures from India in the Seven Wonders of the World.