The history of Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is
located in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh
in India. The story of the creation of this masterpiece dates back
to more than four hundred years ago.
It was at the Royal Meena Bazaar in the great Red Fort at Agra that
Prince Khurram, who was the son of the great Mughal Emperor Jehangir
first laid eyes on the beautiful Arjumand Bano Begum who was the daughter
of the powerful Wazir Asif Khan. It was love at first sight. However,
it was only five years later that the two could be united in marriage.
It was the Emperor Jehangir himself who presided over all the marriage
functions and gave the bride her new name - Mumtaz Mahal.
After this, the following nineteen years passed happily for the couple.
Prince Khurram soon took on the title of Emperor Shahjehan and Mumtaz
Mahal was his loyal companion who was always by his side and accompanied
him everywhere. It was three years after becoming Emperor that a tragedy
occurred in Shahjehan's life - his beloved queen died giving birth to
their fourteenth child. The Emperor took this loss very badly and went
into mourning for two years. He then vowed to himself that in her memory
he would build a monument such as the world had never seen before. It
was in this manner that one of the greatest symbols of true love came
into being. The Taj Mahal is the tomb and the memorial of Mumtaz