Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Story Behind the Origin of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is one of the most well-known monuments in the world. It is located in the city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, which was once the capital of the Mughal Kingdom. It is the most visited monument in India, attracting both domestic and foreign tourists. It is called by many names like seventh wonder of the world, timeless beauty and so. The most common name is the symbol of love and has a very interesting story behind it.

Taj Mahal is a great example of Mughal architecture, which is the combination of Persian, Turkish and Indian styles. During the seventeen century, the Mughal Empire in India was at its peak of prosperity. Shah Jahan was the emperor of the Mughal Empire at that time. But tragedy hit Shah’s life when his third and the most favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died giving birth to his 14th child on June 17, 1631. The grief-stricken Shah Jahan went into a very depressing state. He gave up his luxurious lifestyle.

In 1632, the construction of the Taj Mahal began after Shah Jahan gave the order to build a tomb to the memory of his loving wife and was completed in 1653. Shah Jahan took a keen interest in the construction of the Taj Mahal. It has the most beautiful architecture and design among all the Mughal monuments in India. The details on both outside and inside the Taj have a very high level of perfection. One has to take the Taj Mahal tour to see how beautiful this monument is.