It is known about the Taj Mahal that is an architecturally perfect building, being one of the seven modern wonders of the world, but do we really know what is the reason for building this majestic monument?
The story says that Taj Mahal is actually a proof of devotion and love beyond limits from Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz. Born in 1592, Prince Khurram became Shah Jahan, the fourth Mughal Emperor of India. While strolling in Meena Bazaar in 1607, Khurram was mesmerized by a beautiful Persian noble girl, Arjumand Banu. He was 14 and she was 13 years old. They got married in 1612 and later, in 1628, when Shah Jahan became Emperor, he gave her the royal seal and the title of “Mumtaz Mahal”.
Shah Jahan and Mumtaz were devoted to each other, he loved her very much even though she was his fourth wife. Foreseeing his distress on her death, Mumtaz took a promise from him to channelize his love into building a magnificent monument. On her death in 1631, Shah Jahan vowed to build “Taj Mahal: Crown of Palaces” in her memory with a wish to be united with her in “Jannat”.
Shah Jahan wanted to build a second mausoleum across the Yamuna River where his own remains would be buried planning the buildings to be united by a bridge.
According to the Islam laws, his plans were criticized because he was spending too much money on these luxurious monuments and not with the purpose to eradicate poverty. So his son, Aurangzeb, his third son with Mumtaz, decided to send him in prison and took his power.
Shah Jahan spent his last years imprisoned in a tower of the Red Fort at Agra, having a view to the perfect place that he built for his wife. After his death in 1666, he was buried next to his beloved Mumtaz.