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The story of Taj Mahal

  • By Shefali Ahuja
  • •  Mar 18, 2019

“God separates the two lovers, least did he thought it would become the talk of the town”.
Taj Mahal is more than a famous monument, it’s a love poem composed of marble and stones. It rises from the haze of Agra as though from a dream and has a story that has been rendering hearts of millions ever since Taj Mahal has been completed. Taj immortalizes the story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan dating back in 1631. An English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold describes Taj Mahal as "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor's love wrought in living stones." The story below justifies this statement.
Born in 1952, Shah Jahan, was the son of Jehangir- the fourth Mughal emperor of India and the grandson of Akbar. In 1607, while visiting Meena Bazar, Shah Jahan saw a beautiful girl hawking silk and glass beads. The air of love-struck Shah Jahan and he was smitten by the beauty of the girl, who was Arjumand Manu Begum aka Mumtaz Mahal. She was a Muslim Persian princess who was just 15 years old, a year older than Shah Jahan. Lovestruck Shah Jahan went back to his father and demanded to be married to Mumtaz. The couple got married in 1612.
In 1628, Shah Jahan became the emperor and he bestowed Arjumand Manu with the title of Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the “jewel of the Palace.” Mumtaz being Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, accompanied him everywhere, even on military campaigns. It was in the year 1631, that Mumtaz died giving birth to their 14th child, due to some complications. Grief struck Shah Jahan promised Mumtaz that he’d never remarried and will build the richest mausoleum over her grave.
After declaring the court to mourn for two years, Shah Jahan undertook the task of building the world’s most beautiful monument in the world in the memory of his beloved wife. After the hard work of 22,000 workers and a span of 22 years, The Taj Mahal was ready. When Shah Jahan passed away in 1666, his body was placed next to Mumtaz Mahal. This story of true love has been mesmerizing hearts since Taj Mahal was built. The Taj Mahal is considered as one of the 7 wonders of the world and reminds us of true love.
There’s a lot more to the city than the world-famous monument, Agra has one of the best hand-crafted marble items all over the world. It is also known for its leatherwork, carpets, rugs, brassware and wood-crafted figures. Habereindia has a stock full of Agra handicraft like marble inlay work Agra. Agra handicrafts are one of the most famous Indian handicrafts. You can also find something similar to a taj mahal gift for girlfriend and show her that you love her the way Shah Jahan loved Mumtaz. It’s difficult to find products of marble online India, but with HabereIndia you can be sure of quality and design.

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