The Taj Mahal

 

I heard about a great love story that sounded hard to

believe. Proof that a love so profound existed, was left in a special place as confirmation for the world to see - and I wanted to view it for myself. I heard of this place long before, but I didn’t know that it was created in the name of love, until now.

Though I had never heard of Agra, I already knew of one of its mighty structures.

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Off the banks of the Yamuna River, the Emperor named Shah Jahan, built what is considered by many as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  The sad story of love is left without much detail into the lives of Shah and his wife, but the result of her death tells us just how much this Emperor loved his queen.

 

As the story goes, Queen Mumtaz died as she gave birth to their 14th child.  Many stories have been told of how severely Shah Jahan was stricken with grief. It is believed that he no longer had reason to live, and wished to follow his queen to the grave.  He commissioned a work of art, in the form of a mausoleum, to be built in honor of his favorite wife.

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As Shah Jahan fell ill, struggle for the throne ensued

amongst his sons.  Aurangzeb, the third of four sons, won many violent battles against is brothers. Aurangzeb soon imprisoned his own father.  Shah Jahan was confined to the Agra Fort, where for eight years he watched in the distance the completion of his Wife’s tomb.  He spent the remainder of his days gazing at the monument, longing to be reunited with his queen.

 

Agra is the home of the Taj Majhal, the resting place of

Mumtaz Mahal and the Emperor Shah Jahan.  We know what the Taj Mahal looks like in pictures, but imagine what this testimony of love looks like in person, in the manifested via precious stone, ivory and white marble.  It’s incredible…breathtaking to say the least.  I’ve seen it for my self.

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