We’re sure you’ve heard of the Taj Mahal, but you probably don’t know its history. A story that you are going to love and that we want to share with you. And it is that this majestic building hides a love story, or rather, “the greatest love story ever told.” We are sure that you are dying of curiosity to meet her. Are you staying with us?
The beautiful love story of the Taj Mahal
They say that the Taj Mahal is poetry and that everything you will find inside and around will bring out your most romantic side. Whose beautiful building was this and why did they build it? We will tell you right now.
The story goes that Sha Jahan fell in love with a shop assistant named Arjumand. But this was not a relationship welcomed by Sha’s influential family. They were persecuted and faced severe opposition to prevent the marriage. In fact, Sha was forced to marry two women, until finally the lovers were able to marry.
Arjumand was special to Sha, for he called her the chosen one of the palace, despite being his third wife. However, this marriage was authentic and full of love, without hypocrisy or protocol. Everyone who knew them claimed that they were in love to the core with each other. She was always his support and he always showered her with gifts and details to show his love for her.
When Sha Jahan’s father died, it was up to him to take up his post as governor, although this was not as expected… The outcome of the story surprised everyone.
They say that love has no end …
As emperor, his responsibilities were greater, including participating in military campaigns. While in one of them, Sha received the news that his wife was having a very difficult thirteenth delivery.
There was nothing to regret, Sha Jahan immediately came to his aid despite the anguish that pressed his heart imagining the worst. And so it was, the worst happened. Sha Jahan arrived in time to be with his wife for the last minutes of his life. He was able, although he didn’t want to, say the harshest and most bitter goodbye he would ever have to say.
A spectacular mausoleum
After the death of his beloved wife, the emperor changed completely, nothing was the same for him. He secluded himself in the Red Fort and left the Empire in the hands of his descendants, spending the last years of his life there. However, he did not stand still but ordered the construction of the most luxurious and extraordinary mausoleum that no one had ever seen or visited.
He asked to use the best materials, the best jewels, the best stones, and there he made the remains of his beloved rest. He put so much love into this work that he even had the Yamuna river diverted so that the image of the Taj Mahal would be reflected in the water. Later, in 1648, the emperor’s remains were buried alongside those of his beloved wife, and to this day they lie together.
Other curiosities of the Taj Mahal
Despite the fact that this beautiful, and at the same time sad, love story is what most characterizes the Taj Mahal, there are other curiosities that surround it. We tell you.
- Twenty thousand men and one thousand elephants were needed for its construction .
- The best architects of the empire participated. Everybody.
- Their hands were cut off so that they could not imitate anything like it.
- It was about to be destroyed by the English in the 19th century to sell its facade at auction.
- Its architecture blends the Islamic, Indian and Persian styles.
- It is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
- It can have up to 10 shades. depending on the time of day and the focus of the sunlight
- It took over 22 years to build
- Its name means “Taj- crown” and “Mahal- first lady of the palace”. What do you understand now?
This has been our tour today through one of the most beautiful wonders in the world: the Taj Mahal mausoleum. A must if you plan to go to India.