Sheer poetry in marble. Majesty and magnificence,
unrivalled. Love redefined. The Taj Mahal, the one and only one
of its kind across the world.
monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen.
The ultimate realization of Emperor Shahjahan's dream. One of the
wonders of the world. From 1631 A.D., it took 22 years in the making.
An estimated 20,000 people worked to complete the
enchanting mausoleum, on the banks of the Yamuna in Agra.
For centuries, the Taj Mahal has inspired poets, painters and musicians
to try and capture its elusive magic in word, color and song. It
is one of the most flawless architectural creations of the world.
Since the 17th century, travelers have crossed continents to come
and see this ultimate memorial to love, and few have been unmoved
by its incomparable beauty.
Taj Mahal stands in the city of Agra, in the northern Indian state
of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the River Yamuna. It was built
in the memory of the beautiful Arjumand Bano Begum, who won the
heart of a Mughal prince. She was married at 21 to Emperor Jahangir’s
third son Prince Khurram and stayed loyally by his side through
good times and bad: in the luxurious royal palaces of Agra as well
as the transient tents of war camps.
In AD 1628, Khurram became king after a bloody battle of succession:
he took the name Shahjahan or “King of the World” and
showered his beloved begum with the highest titles. She became Mumtaz
Mahal, the exalted of the palace and Mumtaz-ul-Zamani, the exalted
of the Age. But Mumtaz Mahal was not destined to be queen for long.
In 1631, Shahjahan went on an expedition to the south and, as always,
Mumtaz Mahal accompanied him. But she died in childbirth at Burhanpur. Chronicles tell of the royal court mourning for two years.
She had borne Shahjahan fourteen children, of whom four sons and
three daughters survived. When Mumtaz Mahal died, she was just 39
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