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Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Love Story

Taj Mahal When we read about Taj Mahal or got chance to visit Taj Mahal, one natural question arises in our mind that why this massive marvel structure was built at the time when making of such a grand marvel is considered impossible. The common answer we receive is that it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Our natural curiosity ends after getting this answer. Love is very strange. Some people say it is and some says love has no existence. But only they can understand it who really passed from this feeling. It is very difficult to say that when, where and how someone touches your heart & we are unable to understand that when you dedicated yourself to his/her. Prince Khurram and Anjurmand Bano was not exceptional they also live in this feeling of love. And result of this story is in front of all's eyes as a symbol of Love “Taj Mahal” and it is telling the story of their love to generation after generation.

Shah Jahan
Shah Jahan was also known as Shahbuddin Mohammed Shah Jahan. It was his real name which was given in childhood. He was a Mughal Emperor who ruled in the Indian Subcontinent from 1628 to 1658. He was the fifth Mughal ruler. The period of Shah Jahan's rule in India is regarded as the golden age of Indian architecture. He is credited with constructing numerous beautiful monuments throughout the landscape of India. However, the most brilliant monument is the 'Taj Mahal' of Agra, which he built in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The elegant "Peacock Throne', which he got built for himself, is believed to be worth millions of dollars by modern estimates. Shah Jahan is also the founder of the modern city of Delhi. During that time, the city was known as Shahjahanabad. In 1627, when Jahangir died, Prince Khurram succeeded the Mughal throne as Shah Jahan (meaning the King of the World).

Mumtaz Mahal
Mumtaj Mahal is the more popular name of Arjumand Bano Begum. 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. Mumtaz was notable in the field of learning and was a talented and cultured woman. He 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.

Love Story
First name of Shah Jahan was Prince Khurram. He was born in the year 1592. He was the son of Jehangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India and the grandson of Akbar the Great. In 1607 when strolling down the Meena Bazaar, accompanied by many of flattering courtiers, Shah Jahan caught a glimpse of a girl hawking silk and glass beads. It was love at first sight and the girl was Mumtaz Mahal, who was known as Arjumand Banu Begum at that time. At that time, he was 14 years old and she, a Muslim Persian princess, was 15. After meeting her, Shah Jahan went back to his father and declared that he wanted to marry her. In 1612, aged 20, Prince Khurram married Arjumand Banu Begum on an auspicious date chosen by court astrologers. The married life was a happy one and Prince Khurram, while married to her, remained devoted to her and she bore him fourteen children, out of whom the seven survived into adulthood. In her married life of 19 years she passes 10 years in pregnancy condition. In addition, Khurram had two children from his first two wives”. 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 gave her the title 'Mumtaz Mahal' Begum means 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. Mumtaz traveled with Shah Jahana throughout India as his chief companion and beloved advisor. After bearing him 14 children, Mumtaz died, leaving the Shah Jahan devastated. After one year of her death, Shah Jahan started to build the world's most beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. Shah Jahan died in 1666; his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent monument came to be known as "Taj Mahal" and now counts amongst the Seven Wonders of the World and symbol of pure love.

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