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Taj Mahal, the monument of love of Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal

Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal is not less "wonder" compared with its grandeur. Taj Mahal is an example of how the man loves his wife, even after his wife died. He made sure that the memory of their love will never fade. Once the Mughal Shah Jahan emperor, who was infatuated with Mumtaz Mahal, beloved wife. Mumtaz Mahal is a Muslim Persian princess (before marriage she named Arjumand Banu Begum) and she is the son of Abdul Hasan Asaf Khan. While Mughal Shah Jahan was the son of the Mughal Jehangir emperor and grandson of Akbar Agung. At the age of 14 years, Shah Jahan met Mumtaz Mahal and fell in love with her. Five years later in 1612, they were married.

Aishwarya Rai at the Taj Mahal

Mumtaz Mahal (an inseparable life companion of Shah Jahan) died in 1631, at the time of giving birth to their 14th child. To commemorate the memory of his love for Mumtaz Mahal, Shah Jahan built a very stately monument as a mark of respect to her, which we now know as the ‘Taj Mahal’. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631. The construction of the Taj Mahal itself involve hundreds of workers, stone carvers, carpenter carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome-builders and other fine artists of the Mughal empire itself or from Central Asia and Iran. It takes approximately 22 years to build the Taj Mahal up to be as we see it today. As a symbol of love, the Taj Mahal harness the 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants. This monument is built entirely of white marble, imported from all over India and Central Asia. At a cost of about INR 32 million and the construction of the Taj Mahal was finally completed in 1653.

Immediately after the completion of construction of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan was deposed by Aurangzeb (his own son) and placed under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort. When he died, Shah Jahan was buried in the mausoleum with his wife. Although many centuries have passed since its construction, the Taj Mahal remains to be a symbol of love that continues to shine and attract people from all over the world to visit it.

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