On republic Day 2023|Google Doodle Honours India with a Virtual Tour of the Taj Mahal

Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Dr Bucho

Google celebrated India’s 72nd Republic Day with a special doodle honouring the iconic Taj Mahal.


Google created a beautiful doodle in honour of the famous Taj Mahal to mark India’s 72nd Republic Day today. The doodle honours India’s rich cultural heritage while showcasing the imposing structure in all its splendour. It also serves as a reminder that India’s Taj Mahal is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world every. Google respects India on the occasion of its 72nd Republic Day 2023 by paying a special tribute to this age-old masterpiece’s beauty and grandeur.

The Virtual Tour Experience – Exploring the Grandeur of The Taj Mahal Through this Google Doodle

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A Look at the History of the Taj Mahal and its Significance in Indian Culture

One of the most famous structures in the entire world, the Taj Mahal has a tragic, tragicomic, and beautiful past. The Taj Mahal, erected by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 as a monument to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is a reminder of their enduring love.  [20,000]Twenty thousand labourers from all over India and Central Asia worked on the monument for 22 years. Since it now plays a significant role in Indian culture and tradition, millions of tourists from around the globe visit it every year.

Every year, 7 million individuals visit the stunning Taj Mahal. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan erected this magnificent mausoleum in honour of his cherished third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Here are seven incredible facts about this famous structure. Four domes in the centre and four minarets at each corner make up the Taj Mahal’s roof. More than 20,000 people and 1,000 elephants were used in the 1632 start of the Taj Mahal’s construction. Shah Jahan commanded that the hands of workmen who attempted to steal from him be severed and thrown into a hole he dug close to the mausoleum’s entrance.


Value of the Taj Mahal today

According To Timesofindia, It is estimated that over INR 32 million was spent on the final stages of building this white mausoleum (in 1653). Currently, the Taj would have cost over INR 70 billion, or almost $1 billion.

1. Buses And Cars Must Keep Clear

That’s correct, there is a slight ban on cars near the Taj Mahal. Any exhaust vehicle must stay at least 500 metres away from the sparkling white marble to prevent any degradation.

2. The Taj Mahal is taller than Delhi’s Qutub Minar

Taj Mahal is taller than the Qutub Minar, would you believe us? The Qutub Minar is 72.5 m tall, whereas the Taj is 73 m high.

3. Use of precious stones

More than 40 different kinds of precious and semi-precious stones, including pearls, diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires, are used to beautify the Taj Mahal.

4. Lord Curzon’s name is written on a lamp that is located inside the Taj Mahal.

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Image Courtesy: taj-mahal.net

One of Curzon’s presents to the Taj Mahal was the bronze lamp that is visible hanging over the fictitious graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Additionally, there is a memorial inside it that reads, “Presented to the Tomb of Mumtaz Mahal by Lord Curzon, Viceroy 1906,” in Persian calligraphy that matches that of the Taj.

5. Shah Jahan Was Banned From Visiting

Shah Jahan become gravely ill in the years before his demise. Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb, his sons, were contending with each other for the throne at this time. Shah Jahan supported Dara Shikoh, but tragically Aurangzeb overthrew the empire, executed Dara, and put Shah Jahan in prison. Shah jahan was only able to see his Taj Mahal during his final years from the grounds of the nearby house where he was being confined.

6. Material Imported

Building supplies were imported from many nations. The building materials for the “symbol of love” were all shipped from Punjab, Rajastha. China, Tibet, and Sri Lanka are just a handful.

7. Black Taj Mahal

It is Said that shortly after finishing the white Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan planned to construct a black Taj Mahal. However, his son Aurangzeb, who deposed and imprisoned his father Shah Jahan, put a stop to his intentions. After black marble stone remains were discovered in Mahtab Bagh, the garden across the river, the theory gained traction. However, excavations conducted in the 1990s showed that the marble stones were actually merely white stones that had aged into black.

Taj Mahal One of the wonders In the World

 The Taj Mahal, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and one of the seven modern wonders of the world, is the product of his love. It has a position among historians and architects since it has piqued their curiosity. This monument, a source of pride for India, continues to draw visitors from all around the world.

What is so special about Taj Mahal?

On the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, there lies a mausoleum made of ivory-white marble called the Taj Mahal. It was built in 1632 by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who ruled from 1628 to 1658, to contain the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife.

Why there is no light in Taj Mahal at night?

There are no lighting fixtures on the Taj Mahal’s structure, solely out of concern for security and to protect the white marble from the effects of light.


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