I recently visited Agra with a few colleagues to visit the Taj Mahal. It was not the first time I was visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Every time I have gone there it just amazes me that a man can do so much for the love of his wife.
Now let me take you to the history of Taj Mahal!!
The amazing monument was made by a man who was head over heels in love with his wife. This guy was he Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who was married to Mumtaz Mahal.
She was a Persian girl and her name before marriage was Arjumand Banu Begum. In the year 1612, they got married.
Mumtaz Mahal was not only Shah Jahan’s wife but also a friend. They were inseparable. She died in the year 1631 while giving birth to their 14th kid.
It was in the memory of his beloved wife that Shah Jahan built a magnificent monument as a tribute to her, which we today known as the “Taj Mahal”. The construction of Taj Mahal started in the year 1631. Masons, stonecutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from Central Asia and Iran, and it took approximately 22 years to build what we see today. An epitome of love, it made use of the services of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants. The monument was built entirely out of white marble, which was brought in from all over India and central Asia. After an expenditure of approximately 32 million rupees, Taj Mahal was finally completed in the year 1653.
It was soon after the completion of Taj Mahal that Shah Jahan was deposed by his own son Aurangzeb and was put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort. Shah Jahan, himself also, lies entombed in this mausoleum along with his wife.
I saw it at sun rise and it just takes your breath away. No wonder it’s the one of the Seven Wonders of the World!!