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Mumtaz Mahal

Introduction
Taj Mahal When we talk about Agra, picture of Taj Mahal comes in our mind. When we talk about Taj Mahal we talk about Mumtaj Mahal and Shah Jahan. Here we have tried to gather as much information as possible, about Mumtaj Mahal. She is one of the most popular character in Mughal dynasty. While discussing about Mughal dynasty, we mostly talk about their rulers but Mumtaj Mahal is exception character about whom we all talk and discuss. She is actually the most popular female character in male dominated Mughal era. Mumtaj Mahal is the more popular name of Arjumand Bano Begum. She was born in April 1593 in Agra. Her father, Abdul Hassan Asaf Khan, was a Persian gentleman who was brother of Noorjahan. Noor, later became Emperor Jahangir's Begum at the age of 19, Arjumand's marriage took place from Shah Jahan on May 10, 1612. Arjumand was the third wife of Shah Jahan, but soon he became his most favorite wife. She died in Burhanpur on June 17, 1631 while giving birth to 14th child, daughter Gauhara Begum. She was buried in Taj Mahal in Agra.

Early Life
Mumtaz Mahal was born on April 27, 1593 in Agra for Abu-Hassan Asif Khan and his wife Devanji Begum, daughter of a Persian great, Treasury Grass-ud-Din Qazvin. Asaf Khan was a rich Persian who organized a high post in the Mughal Empire. His family was poor in 1577, when his father Mirza Ghas Baig was taken to the service of Emperor Akbar in Agra. Asaf Khan was the elder brother of Noor Jahan, Mumtaz was niece of Nurjahan, Mumtaz also had a brother Shaista Khan, who served as governor of various provinces of the empire during the reign of Shah Jahan. Mumtaz was notable in the field of learning and was a talented and cultured woman. She was well-versed in Arabic and Persian languages and could later write poems. It was a rare combination of humility and clarity; a woman got herself caught by a warm heart and caught herself. Arjumand Banu was by nature a pious muslim girl who grew up to be a woman of legendary beauty and virtue. She sold silks and glass beads at her shop in the famed Meena Bazar, the private market attached to the harem, where perchance, the emperor's eldest son, Prince Khurram, (the future Shah Jahan), would meet her in 1607 and fall madly in love with her since then. In the early stages of adolescence, she drew the attention of important princes of the realm, Jahangir would have heard about him, because she immediately approved Shah Jahan's engagement with him.

Life of Mumtaz Mahal
Arjumand Banu Begum was a highly educated and accomplished woman. She possessed natural beauty of a high order. She possessed great natural intelligence and a tender heart. She took delight in doing acts of kindly charity and was particularly considerate and helpful to poor widows and orphans and the distressed. Mumtaz Mahal was a pious and religious lady, devoted to prayers, fasts and other observances enjoined by Islam. There was hardly any Mughal queen in Indian history that was so dearly loved by her husband. The famous Taj Mahal at Agra which covers her earthly remains is the noblest monument of love and fidelity.

Queen Mumtaz
She was married to Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan). Their marriage took place in April 1612. The marriage of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal proved to be very successful. Arjumand Banu Begam captivated Shah Jahan's heart even more than Nurjahan had done to that of Jahangir. After their wedding celebrations, Khurram "finding her in appearance and character elect among all the women of the time", gave her the title 'Mumtaz Mahal' Begum (Chosen One of the Palace). The intervening years had seen Khurrum take two other wives. Mumtaz Mahal had a very deep and loving marriage with Shah Jahan. Even during her lifetime, poets would extol her beauty, gracefulness and compassion. Mumtaz Mahal was Shah Jahan's trusted companion; marriage took place in April 1612. The marriage of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal proved to be very successful. Arjumand Banu Begam captivated Shah Jahan's heart even more than Nurjahan had done to that of Jahangir. Arjumand Banu Begum shared Shah Jahan's joys and sorrows in full measure and behaved like a devoted wife during her husband's flight from the Deccan to Orissa, Bengal and Bihar in the course of his rebellion against his father. She bore 14 out of her husband's 18 children and remained his friend and inseparable companion till her death.

Death of Mumtaz Mahal
It was in 1630 that Mumtaz Mahal accompanied Shah Jahan who was fighting a campaign in the Deccan Plateau. Mumtaz Mahal died in June 1631 in Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, after giving birth to her fourteenth child, Shahzadi Gauhara Begum, and whilst on her deathbed, made her last wishes to her husband to erect a monument that would symbolize their love. It is believed that such was the level of devastation that Shah Jahan was inconsolable. Although her remains were buried in Burhanpur, it wasn't permanent as Shah Jahan, had decided to build the world's richest mausoleum in memory of his Jewel, i.e. Mumtaz. The grief-stricken emperor went into secluded mourning along with the entire kingdom mourning the death of their beloved queen.

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