Taj was announced as The New Seven Wonder in a full of celebrities
gathering in Benfica Stadium, Lisbon (Portugal).
Millions were stuck to there Television sets back in India to see the Taj Mahal getting
its place in the world panorama. Thousands of Taj Fans came out on the streets
of Agra where
Taj is situated with fire crackers and sweets, once Taj was named as the
seventh wonder by Bollywood beauty Bipasha Basu, Ben Kingsley and Hilary Swank.
Some say its bliss for the human eye to see the Monument of Love
in Moon Chilled Night.
The seven wonders catalog was compiled during a global poll
participated in by at least 100 million votes casted all the way through
Internet, telephone and SMS operation.
The List Included :
Great Wall of China.
Brazil''s Statue of
Picchu Inca trail.
Mexico''s Chichen Itza pyramid.
The Colosseum in Italy.
From India Agra’s Mayor Anjula Singh received the reward from
artist Ben Kingsley and actress Bipasha Basu at the scintillating happening in Portugal.
Mushirul Hasan, well-known historian and vice chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia University
in the Indian capital (New Delhi),
told that he was in truth ecstatic over the news.
While UNESCO has firmly shorn of its association with the contest,
which many leading historians and citizens'' groups have called phoney, for the Agra folks it is a matter
A classified organization known as the the New7 Wonders Foundation conceded
the global campaign. At first, the campaign, which started in 1999, included 77
monuments from around the globe and was then shortened to 21 in January 2006.
The last list of seven wonders was affirmed based on the well-liked vote established.
Rise of Taj to the new seven wonders list would "boost tourism
in the country". India''s
Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni had said couple of weeks ago.
Jordan''s Petra was the seventh winner. Peru''s Machu Picchu,
Brazil''s Statue of Christ
Redeemer and Mexico''s Chichen Itza pyramid also
made the cut.
In relation to 100 million votes were cast by the Internet and cell phone text
messages, said New7Wonders, the non-profit group that organized the poll.
Seven others which lost the race included, Eiffel Tower of Paris, Easter Island
in the Pacific, Statue of Liberty, the Acropolis, Russia''s
Kremlin and Australia''s
Sydney Opera House.
Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the only existing Building
from the original seven wonders of the olden world, were assured of retaining
their status in addition to the new seven after offended Egyptian officials
said it was a dishonor they had to vie.