Friday, December 3, 2010

A glimpse on history of Taj Mahal as flashed on the f.b on December 03,2010.

Bishwa Nath Singh:
 How many of us are aware that it took twenty two years to complete construction of the first wonder of the world that has set as the best example of Mughal architecture in India- Taj Mahal by engaging a labor force of twenty thousand workers under very skilled masons, one thousand elephants were engaged for transporta...tion of materials that is situated at the bank of River Yamuna presents an aesthetic beauty of the glorious mausoleum describes the history of eternal love between Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his second wife Mumtaj Mahal. Let us have glimpse of it and its write-up in brief to refresh memories!

( Photo of Taj Mahal)

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Bishwa Nath Singh:
The Taj Mahal located at Agra in India is the first wonder of the globe. It is considered to be one of the best examples of Mughal architecture in India. The history of Taj Mahal is the history of eternal love between Shah Jahan and Arjuman...d Banu Begum. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan had ruled from 1628 to 1658 and was married to Arjumand Bano Begum in 1612 A.D. He called his wife Mumtaz Mahal or Crown of the Palace, because she was so precious to him. Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan had 14 children and the queen accompanied Shah Jahan everywhere, even on military campaigns famous as Mumtaz Mahal who fell in love at first sight when they were at fifteen years old and married at the age of twenty in 1612. After becoming emperor in 1628, Shah Jahan entrusted Arjumand Banu with the royal seal. He called her Mumtaz Mahal, literally meaning the Jewel of the Palace. They were together on a military expedition south of Agra when she had their fourteenth child, a girl. Unfortunately, she died soon after delivering birth of girl child in 1631 when she was only thirty nine years old. Her dying wish to Shah Jahan was that he should build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before. The history of the Taj Mahal begins with Mumtaz Mahal's tragic end. It was this event which inspired Sah Jahan to create this wonderful monument, the Taj Mahal, as a mausoleum in her memory. Thus, the history of the Taj Mahal is one of the great love stories of the world. Shah Jahan fulfilled her wish, creating the most beautiful mausoleum the world had ever seen. Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb. He spent the last years of his life under house arrest in the Agra Fort. He used to spend his time looking across the Yamuna River at the beautiful tomb he had built for his beloved empress, waiting for the day they could be united again. After Shah Jahan's death in 1666 A.D., he too was laid to rest beside his beloved second wife Mumtaz Mahal. Their real tombs are in a basement of the Taj Mahal. The two ornately decorated tombs on the ground floor, sheltered by the dome of the Taj Mahal are part of the stylistic design of this beautiful monument in Agra in India. The history of the Taj Mahal is the history of the steadfast love of a Mughal Emperor for his Queen. The construction of Taj began in 1631and took twenty two years for the Taj Mahal to be completed. It has been revealed that a huge labor force of twenty thousand workers led by Muhammed Hanif, the head of the masons and the Persian architect Ustad Isa or Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, were employed in its construction. The material was brought in from all over India and central Asia and it took a fleet of one thousand elephants to transport it to the site. The complex was finally completed in 1653 at a cost of thirty two Million Rupees on the banks of river Yamuna in Agra, the capital of the Mughal monarchs.. The Taj Mahal has been described as not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones. But the beauty of Taj Mahal is also tainted by the glorious fact that the hands of some of the master craftsmen were amputated. to ensure that the perfection of the Taj could never be repeated ever again The aesthetic beauty of this beautiful mausoleum is enhanced by the romantic story that inspired its construction. Tourists come from around the world come to Agra, to feel the aura of eternal love that surrounds the Taj Mahal. The history of the Taj Mahal is a love story that transcends time and continues to be retold each day to the tourists who visit the Taj Mahal in Agra India. In case, if one who has not seen the first wonder of the world Taj Mahal , so far is requested to visit and have glimpse of Taj Mahal and admire its beauty.


December 03,2010.

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