The Taj Mahal- incredibly the source of inspiration for almost everyone right from the poets, writers, creative beings and most importantly for the lucky love birds. The Taj Mahal which is so famous for its architectural beauty and the other way is known for the symbol of love since ages.
Many poets, writers and philosophers have believed that this single monument of India has great strength for emotional rejuvenation and inspiring reasons. The example of greatest Mughal architecture in the 17th century that took almost 22 years for its completion and the credit goes to the gifted architects and workers of that era. The masterpiece which is so unique in itself and still has the same brilliance and radiant appeals from the day it was being built.
Akin to the monument, the story behind the Taj Mahal is also unique. Its name, its origin and its development everything have a story. The story of love, passion and dedication began with the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (that time he was known as Prince Khurram) who fell in love with Mumtaj Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum) when he saw her in Meena Bazaar in the year 1607 and then married her after 5 years. But unfortunately after 20 years of their marriage, Mumtaj Mahal died after giving birth to their 14th child; and to give tribute to her and to their invincible love, Shah Jahan decided to build something so unique that should be remembered through the ages. Thus begins the journey of the Taj Mahal.
The construction of the beautiful monument began in 1631 with the help of almost 20,000 workmen and master craftsmen that worked laboriously for complete22 years to bring a perfect shape to Shah Jahan’s passionate dream. The Taj Mahal which in Persian means- the crown of palaces, was completed in the year 1653 worth of 32 million rupees (approx $ 68000) near the banks of river Yamuna in the city of Agra.
But unfortunately, the glory of the ‘Taj’ was fainted upon learning that the hands of the master craftsmen were amputated so as to ensure that the perfection of the Taj could never be repeated.
Origin of the Taj Mahal:
Although the origin of its name is not so clear but people believe it is an abbreviated version of the name of Mumtaz Mahal (exalted one of the palace). The courtiers from the Shah Jahan’s reign called it the rauza (tomb) of Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal literally means as either “Crown Palace” or “Crown of the Palace”.
- Year of Construction: 1631
- Completed In: 1653
- Time Taken: 22 years
- Built By: Shah Jahan
- Dedicated to: Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum), the wife of Shah Jahan
- Location: Agra (Uttar Pradesh), India
- Building Type: Islamic tomb
- Architecture: Mughal (Combination of Persian, Islamic and Indian architecture style)
- Architect: Ustad Ahmad Lahauri
- Cost of Construction: 32 crore rupees
- Number of workers: 20,000
- Highlights: One of the Seven Wonders of the World; A UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Timings: Sunrise to Sunset (Friday closed)
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