They say all that glitters is not gold. It’s true. All that glitters is the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India is a mausoleum that was built between 1631 and 1653 CE by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan dedicated to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Over 20,000 skilled artisans from all over India and central Asia were involved in the construction of this incredible monument. Not only was the workforce from different places but even the materials were brought in from around the world. The finest marble from India, turquoise from Tibet, sapphire from Sri Lanka, jade and crystal from China, and many more precious stones were bought for his equally (well, more than) precious wife.
The story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz is not your average, clichéd love story. If anything, it cannot even be fitted into any trope. Shah Jahan and Mumtaz were engaged (in true 16th century fashion) at the age of 14 and 15 and had got married a few years later. And thus began an epic love story… Shah Jahan had three wives but Mumtaz was the dearest to him. She had a great influence not only on his personal life but political one as well. She was his closest confidante and most trusted advisor. He even gave her the highest honour of the land – the keeper of his seal which gave her the power to validate decrees. The fact that she was given the most important position in court shows the amount of trust he had in her.
Mumtaz and Shah Jahan had an impassioned marriage. They had fourteen children out of whom seven passed away. This is where things took a turn for the worse. Mumtaz died while giving birth to their daughter Gauhara Begum. Deeply affected by her death, Shah Jahan is said to have been inconsolable and ‘paralysed by grief’. According to records, he went into mourning for a year and the physical effects of this could be seen through his ‘white hair, bent back and worn face’. This grief and desolation is what inspired Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is still standing tall. And so is its story. It is not just any edifice; it is symbolic of Mumtaz, her beauty, her grace and most importantly, of Shah Jahan’s undying love and dedication towards her.
Little needs to be said about such great pieces of architecture that have equally great stories. In fact, nothing needs to be said at all. The Taj Mahal speaks for itself. The tomb, the tall minarets, the intricate carvings on the façade, they all tell a story of great love.
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It is magnificent. It is glorious. It is stunning.
It is the Taj Mahal.