Saturday, March 30, 2013

TAJ MAHAL IS A SYMBOL OF LOVE? or NOT A SIMBOL OF LOVE? - FACTS ANALYSIS


Taj Mahal is a magnificent monument which stands at the heart of India Agra.Also it is one of the most interconnected word with Love. Every body in the world knows Taj mahal as a symbol of love and Shahjahan build it for Mumtaz. But most of the people do not know the story behind it.

If go bit deep to to this story there are lot of confusions in this. First of all as per the history mumtaz was shahjahan's 4th wife. Some indicates that he had nothing more than the status of marriage with his other wives. Anyways shahjahan built it after Mumtaz died and She died In Her 14th Delivery ! 

Until that part it is okay and I have no confusions. But if we search more about this couple some books stated that Mumtaz is Shahjahan's 4th wife out of his 7 wives and he married mumtz's sister after she died. This was happened almost 400 years before.So we do not know the truth. We can analyses only based on the historical stories. 

In case if he married Mumtaz's sister after her death then how can we say there was a true love ?? Confusion arising at this point. We cannot measure the true love by the monuments what he build for his wife. It should be shown  in the way how he lives as well.

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  2. Shah Jahan, the Prince of Khurram, met Arjumand Banu Begum when he was only 15 years old and fell in love with her at first sight. They were engaged in 1607 and got married after a five year period of struggle over family feuds in 1612. The intervening years brought Shah Jahan two other wives as he had to to marry Akbarabadi Mahal and Kandahari Mahal only for political reasons. That is how Mumtaz became his third wife, not fourth. Mumtaz was only married to Shah Jahan, the fact that Prince Khurram is another official name of Shah Jahan could have misled people to believe Mumtaz had a husband earlier.

    According to the official court chronicler Qazwini, the relationship of Shah Jahan with his other wives "had nothing more than the status of marriage. The intimacy, deep affection, attention and favor which His Majesty had for the Cradle of Excellence exceeded by a thousand times what he felt for any other." Shah Jahan loved Arjumand Banu Begum's appearance and character so much that he gave her the title Mumtaz Mahal which means Jewel of the Palace. He also built the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world in her memory, where her remains after death were buried. It showcases all her memories of life in a beautiful artistic way. But yes, Mumtaz died an accidental death, while giving birth to her 14th child. And Shah Jahan did not marry after the death of Mumtaz, definitely not the sister of Mumtaz. After Mumtaz's death, Shah Jahan was inconsolable and spent the rest of his years in mourning, and construction of Taj Mahal in her memory, as a symbol of love. Later when he died, his body was also buried beside Mumtaz in Taj Mahal. The story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz is indeed a story of eternal love, and Taj Mahal is a symbol of love.

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