Brief history of Taj Mahal: Story of Shah Jahan and his beloved wife

Posted in Asia | April 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

To get the best of examples of the Mughal architecture, one should head to India and explore its major attraction that lies in Agra. The Taj Mahal in India is a perfect symbol of love and faith. During the reign of Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, India got one more fascinating attraction for which people throngs from all over the world. Just to take a glimpse of this miraculous wonder and to see what actually Taj Mahal has to offer to them, people visit the country with lots of hope. Well, the brief history of Taj Mahal starts from the history of Shah Jahan. Though, it is not just that the people want to experience the architectural work and praise it, but also they want to know the background or the history of this monument.

People always stand on their toe to know the reason of building such a great monument by Shah Jahan. Well, they even remain desperate to hear the love story, as Shah Jahan built this amazing wonder for his beloved wife Mumtaz. Shah Jahan ruled as a Mughal Emperor from the year 1628 to 1658, and married to Arjumand Bano Begum. Arjumand Bano Begum got another name from Shah Jahan as Mumtaz Mahal or the Crown of the Palace because she was too precious to him. The couple had total 14 children and the queen escorted Shah Jahan at every places. In fact, on the military campaigns as well. Among one of the campaigns in the year 1631, Mumtaz died right after giving birth to her 14th child.

While she was dying, she took promise from Shah Jahan that he will built a tomb in the memory of his wife, something that the entire world has never seen before. So the history of Taj Mahal begins its journey with the end of Mumtaz Mahal. In her memory and to fulfill her wishes, Shah Jahan has created a world famous monument, which is today recognized as Taj Mahal. Yes! It has to be said that this beautiful mausoleum is seriously something that the world has never ever seen before. Later, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his own son named Aurangzeb and he spent his rest one year under house arrest in the famous Agra Fort.

What a life it was! After listening to the sad story of Shah Jahan, there is no one who will not drop tears from their eyes. He spent his remaining life after house arrest by looking at the Yamuna River, where he built a beautiful tomb for his wife, waiting to get united. After his death in 1666 AD, Shah Jahan was also laid to rest straight beside his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. While exploring the monument, people never fails to pay visit to their real tombs that lied at the basement of the Taj Mahal.

The two lavishly adorned tombs could be found on the ground floor and is sheltered by the dome of the Taj Mahal. Well, the tombs are actually the part of the stylistic design of the beautiful monument situated in Agra, India. The moment you enter the site, you will definitely ask to know about the brief history of Taj Mahal.

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