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That couldn't be true because to my knowldge HIndu temples were not made in that style. Taj-Mahal has Middle east flavor to it..
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Great topic Jprasad. Well I dont know whether I could add something interesting to the debate but here are some of my views...
Taj Mahal ... One of the seven wonders of the World!
Taj Mahal often referred to as symbol of eternal Love, a tribute to Beauty and what not.
I am sure many women would be more then happy to get such Loving, Passionate, and Rich Husband. I am sure many husband do hear the same comment from their accompanying wife that "See Shah Jahan loved his wife SOOO (emphasize and drag "so") MUCH that even when she died he made the grandest mausoleum in her memory"
But the real question is that was it worth it and that is the real debate issue here:
a) Taj Mahal basically one of the Grandest and the Costliest Palace built in history beside the Pyramids. The total cost of Building the Taj Mahal is estimated to be 50 Million Rupee in those time. It is also said that Shah Jahan got the hands chopped of all the main architects and sculptors who worked on Taj Mahal so that they can never make any other such Grand and beautiful architecture.
b) Taj Mahal was was made by charging heavy taxes on the citizens for years just to build a grand mausoleum which was not going to do any good to the common people.
c) As I have read somewhere that even in the holy Quran it is written that the grave should be made with simplicity and without grandeur. So the premise of building it is faltered. More then love its more a product of an autocratic ruler vaunting his grandeur and delusive munificence to the world. No wonder Aurangjeb (practical person) put him in jail in the larger interest of his kingdom and to stop Saha Jahan doing all this stupidity at the expense of the common man.
On a side note I feel Aurangjeb was not a bad son else he would not have allowed him the view of Taj Mahal from his prison cell and neither would have buried Shah Jahan just beside Mumtaz's grave.
Now the modern time:
Taj Mahal surely attracts a lot of tourists to India and is a great revenue churner for Agra which lets estimate it to be 500 Million yearly.
If we do some simple maths and see if all this was really worth it:
If we compound 50 Million for 354 years @ 10% rate of interest per annum. Lets assume there is 100,000 is spent per month (calculating after it was finished) on its maintenance.
The Total Amount would be: 2,472,323,314,065,350,000,000. (something which cant be cashed )
And all this for one woman!
Some advice to some modern would be Shah Jahans
Din mein diya jalane se kya,
Raat mein diya bujhane se kya,
Ae Shah Jahan tujhe mumtaz nahi mil sakti,
Uski Kabr par Taj Mahal Banane Se Kya.
Now read this funny SMS:
Shah Jahan Ne Taj Mahal Ki Har Deewar Ko Dekha,
Har Meenar Ko Dekha, Har Kaleen Ko Dekha,
Har Khidki Se Dekha… Aur Bola…
Maa Kasam, Bahut Kharcha Ho Gaya !!!
P.S. Thanks for reading my long post and I hope you enjoyed it.
Joined: 20 December 2004
the taj should not be plowed to the ground, it is a national monument, its a part of india's history and heritage, good or bad.
shah jahan didn't cut the workers hands off, thats a myth, most of the things those tour guides around the taj mahal say is false, a university history professor that studided in india and foucues of that time period of india told me so himself.
also the taj mahal was never a hindu temple thats all lies, stuff that some extremists , might belive in, shah jahan created the taj, it was not a hindu temple ever.
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