That it was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal – the beloved wife of the Emperor Shah Jahan?
A Wondrous Memorial
Do you know why the Taj Mahal was built? Did you know it is actually a mausoleum? Well let me tell you about it... it’s a love story.
Arjumand Banu Begum was born into Persian nobility. Her connections were extremely high, with aunty’s being Empresses and sisters marrying Governors.
Five years later, their betrothal was finalised and they wed in 1612. The date of their wedding was selected by the court astrologers as being the most conducive to ensuring a happy marriage, and it appears those court astrologers were spot on!
Arjumand went on to become the absolute love of Shah Jahan’s life!
Loves of their Lives
As their marriage continued, their love grew deeper. Poets frequently spoke of her beauty, her compassion and her grace. He trusted her so much that she was the only other person to have access to his imperial seal, and would influence him to be a better person to the poor and the unlucky in India.
Shah and Mumtaz were married for nineteen years, and chroniclers go to great lengths to speak of their love and the erotic nature of their relationship. In those nineteen years, Mumtaz gave birth to fourteen children. Sadly, seven of those children did not make it to adulthood. Even though she was frequently pregnant Mumtaz would travel with Shah and his entourage on all military campaigns.
Shah would think of nothing but building a fitting monument to the memory of his beloved wife, and so, a few months after her death, he began planning the construction and design of a grandiose mausoleum and funerary garden.
When Shah passed away in 1666, his son Aurangazeb had him interred in the Taj Mahal, right next to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2013