Mystery Behind The Sealed Doors and Basements of Taj Mahal


Those people who visited the beautiful Taj Mahal once in their life most probably know that it’s some mysterious basements and doors that are sealed. Means, no one is allowed to go there. Ever wonder why? Well, we have an answer behind this mysterious riddle. It is an insight for those also who don’t even know that before and never visited Taj Mahal.

Well, the answer is not for proving Taj Mahal is a Temple or Mosque but on the fact that why Indian government sealed some of its great monument’s doors and basements and why they kept dark in public. 

Look at this early photo of Taj Mahal taken or clicked from the Riverside. It shows clearly that there are two levels of hidden basements. This photo was published by the Vincent Smith in his book “History of Fine Art in India and Ceylon” in the year 1911. The earliest we find that this photo was published in Sleeman’s book in the year 1844 in the book “Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official”. And yet no historian has ever been curious to go inside these basements.

Well, for your knowledge there are three reasons why Taj Mahal’s some doors and basements are sealed, they are:

1) To avoid exposure to Carbon Dioxide

Some theorists claimed basement’s chambers are made up of marble which gets transformed into Calcium Carbonate on excess exposure to Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Dioxide further converts marble into a powdered form and it starts chipping off. Therefore, in order to avoid deterioration inner chambers are closed for public as they are closed chambers without any ventilation. Excess exposure Carbon Dioxide in the basements may result in collapsing of four Minars surrounding the Taj Mahal.

2) Mumtaz buried in Taj Mahal’s basement in the Mummy form

There is a possibility that the dead body of Mumtaz Mahal is still preserved in Taj Mahal in the form of Mummy. A research by Armanul Haq, curator at the Museum of History claimed that Mumtaz Mahal’s body was preserved in the basement according to the Unani techniques.

3) Presence of Hindu architecture or Idols

If theories are to be believed, in the year 1934 a resident of Delhi peeped through a hole or crack in one of the rooms and configured that it was a huge pillared hall filled with sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. He also saw an idol of Lord Shiva. So these basements and rooms are sealed to avoid any communal violence in the future.