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City of Eternal Love

The great Taj Mahal has no words to express since it is an incredible monument built by a king for his queen, a husband for his wife. His love makes the monument stand tall among all the other monuments even after 350 years and more. People all over the world take a tour to Agra, India to visit the Taj Mahal thinking about the beauty in its story.

After knowing the story we come why the Taj Mahal is the best in the whole world. It cannot be re-constructed. Even the story behind the Taj Mahal has been unique and can be seen only in movies. The question still remains,” Is there a Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal in today’s life and age who would love each other so much?”

The answer can be yes as well. However, let’s know the complete story of the Taj for the same.

The story begins: Prince Khurram was betrothed to Arjumand Bano Begum when she was 14 years old and he was 15 years old. They had to wait 5 years for the marriage as per the dates given by the court astrologers.

Shah Jahan got married with Mumtaz Mahal after 5 years in 1612 A.D.

Mumtaz Mahal was his support in all the matters of administration, family and in all the other aspects which the emperor needed. She followed him at every military campaign and was an evergreen companion for him. Though she was frequently pregnant she always supported him in all his life’s battles and finally in 1628 A.D. Shah Jahan became the emperor of Agra. The great victory for Shah Jahan was due to his great talent and the love and support of his wife. Thus, it is truly said that ‘behind every successful man there is a woman.’

Shah Jahan being of the Mughal family had other wives as well, however, he had deep affection and love towards Mumtaz Mahal, the most beautiful and supporting wife. After 2 years of his reign as the emperor of Agra, Mumtaz Mahal became sick when she was following him at Burhanpur for a military campaign. More than her health she thought it necessary to support her husband. Even when she belonged to the Mughal family she was supporting her husband in all his battles to encourage him all the time.

While giving birth to her 14th child she fell seriously ill. Even after giving her the best treatment she couldn’t survive. At her deathbed she asked her beloved husband a few promises to be fulfilled after her death. One of those promises was the construction of this beautiful monument, the Taj Mahal. The meaning is “The Crown Palace” or it can be in the name of Mumtaz Mahal as well. Shah Jahan had named it earlier as Roza-E-Mumtaz Mahal meaning ‘the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal’.

The story continues: The story doesn’t end here. The faithfulness of Shah Jahan for his wife is the main reason and the answer behind this great beauty. He loved his wife so much that after her death he became sick due to grief. He isolated himself for around 2 years and grew old soon. It is said that he used to weep when he visited his wife’s tomb. For months after her death he was still in the grief and with a broken heart. He had white hair and beard and started falling sick frequently.

The construction of the Taj Mahal took years to complete and Shah Jahan was patient for 22 years until it was completed. He had given the best for this monument because he wanted to give the best to his wife’s memory. He chose marble instead of a normal stone and went for the riches of his kingdom while building this monument. This is not just enough. He didn’t marry again after her death as he had promised Mumtaz Mahal that he would take care of their 14 children and won’t neglect them.

All the beauty of Shah Jahan’s love for his wife is seen in the Taj Mahal. The moon makes the Taj more beautiful and the river Yamuna tells about its story to everyone who comes to her banks. Isn’t it amazing that the love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal still speaks and is alive in the white marbled beauty. The true story never ends even when Shah Jahan was buried next to his wife after his death. The story continues even at this age.

The story never ends: People tell each other about the amazing love story; we discuss it when we think about Shah Jahan’s love for his wife. When people see it they come to see the love of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. ‘A tear drop in the face of time’, the Taj Mahal, is still standing tall to tell everyone about the love of the king and the queen. The question still remains in our mind. Was Shah Jahan the only one or there is still such Shah Jahan who would love his wife so deeply and immensely and forever? Was Mumtaz Mahal the only one or there is still such Mumtaz Mahal who would support her husband in all the aspects and love him?

Do we have Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal in today’s age? Finally the answer is that the love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal has always succeeded, it is still alive even at this age.

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