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Epic Love Story- The Taj Mahal

Written By: Midge - Feb• 14•14

“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.”
Rabindranath Tagore

 

Epic Love Story- The Taj Mahal
 India is often times associated more with arranged marriages and dowries than stories of romance and undying love. The story of the Taj Mahal is one that softens the heart of even the most jaded and cynical. It is the story of  two people that has stood the test of time that displays the ultimate and perfect type of love that we all aim to attain- the type of love that is rare and as precious as a fine jewel.

It begins with a boy, Shah Jahan, the son of Jehangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India. One day while Shah Jahan was wandering through the city, he took notice of a beautiful young girl selling various jewels in the local bazaar. From that moment he was smitten and after meeting her, the lovestruck boy rushed to tell his father that he had found the woman he wanted to marry. Her name was Arjumand Banu Begum. Five years later, they were married. When Shah Jahan became Emporer several years later, he named his wife Mumtaz Mahal, meaning “Jewel of the Palace”.

All was well and the two had a wonderful life together until Mumtaz died during complications during childbirth of her 14th child. As she lay dying, Shah Jahan confessed his undying love towards her and promised that as long as he lived, he would never marry again. And on top of that, he would build a grand mausoleum for her.

The poor man was so distraught by the untimely death of his beloved and spent years in mourning. Finally, when he had mustered enough strength, Shah Jahan got to work on building the world’s most magnificent monument. It took 22 years to build and 22,000 workers to build this monument. When the lovestruck Shah Jahan dies many years later, he was buried in a tomb right next to his wife. This structure is now known to us as the Taj Mahal, and we count it one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

This Valentine’s Day let’s be inspired by the beauty and majesty of love. The depths of love that can be reached by two people are limitless and if you have a special person if your life to love, you have a rare and precious gift indeed.

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