The Taj Mahal – A love Story
The Taj Mahal is a monument located in Agra, India. Not only is it one of the 7 wonders of the world, its also a symbol of love. The Taj Majal was built during 1631 and 1653 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. It was constructed using materials from all over India and Asia and took over 20 years to complete.
It is said that the cost of building the Taj Mahal was around 7 million dollars which was indeed a very huge amount at that time. The intricate and beautifully crafted work around the Taj Mahal, both inside and out, was painstakingly completed by more than 20,000 craftsmen and artisans.
The story behind the mausoleum is extraordinary and partly based on legend and fact. Shah Jahan met Arjumand Bano Began, a beautiful jewellery vendor, at a bazar. She was not intimidated by him and demanded an extremely high price for a piece of jewellery, but Jahan was sold. He married Arjumand and named her Mumtaz Mahal, meaning ‘Pearl of the Palace’.
They lived happily until Mumtaz died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Shah Jahan mourned for two years and, according to stories, his mind slowly deteriorated. In an ultimate attempt to display his love for her, he decided to build a mausoleum in her honour.
This historic monument, the Taj Mahal stands on the banks of the River Yamuna and one of the most intriguing aspects of the it, is the magical quality of its changing colours. The river behind the Taj Mahal reflects light onto the white marble and depending on the hour of the day or the season, the colours of the Taj are different. The best time to view its stunning and majestic beauty is at dawn or sunset.