You'll be surprised to know that the Taj Mahal was sold by the British. The plan was to break it so that they could take the precious stones with them to the UK and the rest of the marble could be sold to fill their government banks.
In 1828, the Governor General, Lord William Bantik, took out a tender on the last page of a newspaper in Kolkata. At that time, a businessman of Mathura, Seth Laxmichand had baught Taj Mahal in Rs 7 lakhs. However, then something happened because of which we are able to see the Taj Mahal even today.
Read through this secret story of the Taj Mahal along with its pictures…
Experts suggest that some of the old care takers of Taj Mahal had come to know about the plan of the British rulers to break it. This information moved to London. And there were questions raised on the auction of Taj Mahal in London Assembly. It was then when the Governor General, Lord William Bantik canceled the auction of the Taj Mahal.
Historian, Prof. Ramnath in his book 'The Taj Mahal' has mentioned about this incident. British author HG Cannes also mentioned about this incident in his book ‘Agra and Naibr Hoods'.
According to historian, Prof. Ramnath, the capital of British government that time was Kolkata sshow that the British government at the time was the capital of West Bengal. On July 26, 1831, an advertisement to sell Taj Mahal was published in an English daily ‘Janbul’. This was the second attempt to see Taj Mahal.
Seth Laxmichand had once before also bought Taj Mahal in one-and-a-half lakh, but that time the auction was cancelled. The Seth family still lives in Mathura.
Later Lord Curzon announced the first auction of Taj Mahal on 7 February, 1900.
Many old paintings and precious carved stones were auctioned by William Bantik in the auction. Some stones were sent to London by Lord Hastings.