rich foliage and more than 60 elaborate flowerbeds. Some Hindu nationalist groups have attempted to diminish the importance of the Muslim influence in accounting for the origins and design of the Taj Mahal. Traditional Mughal building practice would allow no future alterations to be made to the complex. Mumtz Maal (Chosen One of the Palace). According to one gruesome (and most likely sensational) story, Shah Jahan had his minions cut off the hands of the Taj Mahal's architect and his workers after the structure was completed, ensuring they would never build another of its kind. Under English control in the late 19th century, the Taj Mahals greenery adopted a subtler character more common to British gardens. As the story goes, Shah Jahan intended to build a second grand mausoleum across the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal, where his own remains would be buried when he died; the two structures were to have been connected by a bridge. THE palace garden transformed under british imperialism.
The interior of the mausoleum is organized around an octagonal spartoo rabatt marble chamber ornamented with low-relief carvings and semiprecious stones ( pietra dura ). Progress in improving environmental conditions around the monument has been slow, however. Five years after Oaks failed endeavor, Mishra approached the Allahabad High Court to raise a similar point in the name of the long deceased monarch. Built of red Sikri sandstone with marble-necked domes and architraves, they contrast in both colour and texture with the mausoleums white marble. The garden is set out along classical Mughal linesa square quartered by long watercourses (pools)with walking paths, fountains, and ornamental trees. THE grave site IS also THE only part that IS NOT perfectly symmetrical. Night viewing was banned there between 19 because it was feared that the monument would be a target of Sikh militants. He was deposed in 1658 by his son. There IS ONE wall IN THE TAJ mahal that visitors keep punching.