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♥♥♥♥Real Taj Mahal Story♥♥♥♥

Male Protagonist: Shah Jahan (Prince Khurram)
Female Protagonist: Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Banu Begum)

Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument that stands at the heart of India has a story that has been melting the hearts of millions of listeners since the time Taj has been visible. A story, that although ended back in 1631, continues to live on in the form of Taj and is considered a living example of eternal love. It's the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, two people from the course of history who set an example for the people living in present and the future to come. An English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold best describes it 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 that follows next will prove why the statement is true.

Shah Jahan, initially named Prince Khurram, was born in the year 1592. He was the son of Jehangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India and the grandson of Akbar the Great. In 1607 when strolling down the Meena Bazaar, accompanied by a string of fawning courtiers, Shah Jahan caught a glimpse of a girl hawking silk and glass beads. It was love at first sight and the girl was Mumtaz Mahal, who was known as Arjumand Banu Begum at that time. At that time, he was 14 years old and she, a Muslim Persian princess, was 15. After meeting her, Shah Jahan went back to his father and declared that he wanted to marry her. The match got solemnized after five years i.e., in the year 1612.

It was in the year 1628 that Shah Jahan became the Emperor and entrusted Arjumand Banu with the royal seal. He also bestowed her with the title of Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the "Jewel of the Palace". Though Shah Jahan had other wives also, but, Mumtaz Mahal was his favorite and accompanied him everywhere, even on military campaigns. In the year 1631, when Mumtaz Mahal was giving birth to their 14th child, she died due to some complications. While Mumtaz was on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and will build the richest mausoleum over her grave.

It is said that Shah Jahan was so heartbroken after her death that he ordered the court into mourning for two years. Sometime after her death, Shah Jahan undertook the task of erecting the world's most beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent monument came to be known as "Taj Mahal" and now counts amongst the Seven Wonders of the World. This is the true story of the Taj Mahal of India, which has mesmerized many people with its bewitching beauty.

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Comment by Muhammad Nazeef on November 26, 2011 at 7:03pm

Just remember the fact that oxford university was built within same era, now look at the difference western nations were going to built their foundation based on education and knowledge and we were busy in building Taj mehal, this is what we should learn from History. Thats why western nations prosper in every field of life since last 4 centuries, They learnt from us and also ruled over us. IF mughal emperors built a single university they could never be defeated in 1857.  on the contrary, I don't doubt over their love or the taj mahal as a piece of art.  

Comment by MOHSIN RAZA on November 14, 2011 at 1:36pm


Comment by sadia ali on November 13, 2011 at 6:42pm

tnx to all

Comment by ♦☼♠ Bright Student ♪ on November 13, 2011 at 5:12pm

Wow Love tha ya jo b tah .... stll it is considered a Love story ... or phr Prince aisy e hoty hyn

Comment by Abdul Qayyum on November 13, 2011 at 12:57pm

Funny, isnt it? "A persian princess was hawking silk and glass beads in Meena Bazaar". lol. she was no princess.

Here is another one. Oh boy, 14 deliveries? You call it love? Perhaps someone has rightly said, love is insanity. Look what he did to her beloved Mumtaz? lol.

Okay, Shah Jahan made two promises to her beloved wife on her demand. 1) he would not marry after her death? and 2) he would construct the richest mausoleum over her grave?

Well, why would he have married afterwards especially when he already had two other wives. So its no big deal that he did not marry after her death when he himself was 39 years old with two wives and probably 16 children around.

Now coming to the second promise of Shah Jahan, Taj Mehal is a reality and I dont put it into question but there is something I want to share with all those impressed with the story.

Taj Mehal was the product of 22-year hardwork of many architects from all over the world and a labour force of some 20,000 workers. With these findings in mind, one can easily understand (without visiting the place) how beautiful and marvelous this masterpiece would be. Yet I have few questions here:

1. how many bricks/stones Shah Jahan laid himself in the construction of Taj Mehal?In other words, how much did Shah Jahan personally contribute in the construction of Taj Mehal to express his love to his  deceased wife. Of course, he paid the construction costs but this gives rise to another question, whether it was national treasure or his personal property which have been utilized on the construction of taj mehal? 
What if he could not afford the construction of Taj Mehal?

I dont say Shah Jahan had no love with Mumtaz but what I hate about their story, is that his love with Mumtaz, deprived his other wives from their equal rights/treatment and this selfishness encouraged him waste huge national treasure on 22-year construction project of just a Tomb. Caring and sacrificial attitude are essential elements of love. What sacrifices Shah Jahan himself make for Mumtaz? She died during her 14th delivery. Had he cared about her, he would have avoided more children? So I am not impressed with their love story rather I condemn such kind of love which motivates you deprive others from their rights and I think my view is pretty much rational, isnt it?

Comment by Shabbir Ali Jafferi on November 13, 2011 at 9:47am

hmmm nice sharing

Comment by sadia ali on November 13, 2011 at 9:25am

thanks all of you :)

Comment by + © Malik © Kracker + on November 13, 2011 at 12:16am

Really nice

Comment by +_Umair Malik_+ on November 12, 2011 at 11:17pm

nice keep it up 

Comment by Zalim on November 12, 2011 at 10:17pm

It is a beautiful and romantic place which tell us that love is blind and a person can do whatsoever for his/her love......It remembers us about the true love among Shah Jahan and Mumtaz.



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