Whole world knows that The Taj Mahal, symbolizes love between Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Here We are bring you the Story of Taj Mahal. The love story of Taj Mahal melts even the most rigid hearts.
The love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife is still alive in form of “The Taj Mahal”. The Taj is the biggest monument of love world wide. The Story behind Taj Mahal is and will always be an example of true love for generations.
Sir Edwin Arnold, famous English Poet described the Taj as:
A proud passion which shows Emperor’s love which is wrought in stones
The Story of Taj Mahal, India
Shan Jahan was born in 1592, and was known as Prince Khurram. He was son of Emperor of Mughal, Jehangir, and grandson of the great Akbar. In 1607, Shah Jahan was roaming in Meena Bazaar market, along with this team of guards when he first saw a girl wearing glass and silk beads. Shah Jahan was so amazed by her grace and beauty that he fell in her love on first sight. She was Arjumand Banu Begam, who later on came to be known as Mumtaz Mahal.
Age of Shah Jahan was 14 years and Mumtaz, a Princess from Persia would have been around 15. After seeing Mumtaz, Shah Jahan demanded his father to let him marry Mumtaz. Both got solemnized five years after their meeting in 1612. In 1628, Shah Jahan went on to become the emperor and gave Arjumand Banu royal seat. It was at this time when he renamed her as Mumtaz Mahal. Along with Mumtaz, Shah Jahan married many other wives but she remained her favorite. Mumtaz Mahal, accompanied him everywhere, also when he was on military trips.
The Story of Taj Mahal: The Twist
Sadly, in 1631 Mumtaz died when she was about to deliver 14th child of Shah Jahan. There were some complications in her pregnancy which led to her death. When she was on death bed, he promised her to build world’s richest monument on her grave. The Taj Mahal is a tribute for his love for her beloved wife. Emperor Shah Jahan didn’t married after death of Mumtaz Mahal. Emperor Shah Jahan was so saddened by sudden demise of Mumtaz that he demanded courts to mourn for over years.
Within an year after death of Mumtaz, work of construction of Taj Mahal started. Construction required over 22,000 workers who worked for more than 22 years for competition of the monument. There are many stories that Shah Jahan was so impressed by the work, that he ordered his soldiers to cut off hands of architects and workers. It was so because he didn’t wanted that they couldn’t make another structure like Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan died in 1666 and was buried next to Mumtaz in the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal is one of the 7 wonders of world. Every year thousands of tourists come and visit to monument to pay homage to this remarkable story of love, passion and dedication.