Photo: Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Photographer: Kim Lau
A good place to visit in Agra City – India is Taj Mahal. It locates in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh It is an gorgeous place which was built for love. It is situated on the bank of the river Yamuna.
Taj Mahal is a mausoleum. It is built up in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, a second wife of Emperor Shahjahan. She died after giving birth to their 14th child. Mumtaz Mahal is also a Muslim Persian princess.
In 1607 when Shahjahan was not yet a king, but a prince, he met her in Meena Bazaar. But then he got married. The first wife he married to was not her. In those days princes did not marry just for love.
In 1612, he married Mumtaz Mahal when he was 20 years old and she was at her age of 19. She stayed loyal by his side through good and even bad time. They sometimes live in the luxurious royal palaces sometimes in the transient tents of war camps. Her love to him completely won the heart of the prince.
In AD 1628, Khurram became king after a bloody battle of succession.
In 1631, Shahjahan went on an expedition to the south and, as always, Mumtaz Mahal accompanied him. She died when accompanying her husband in a campaign to crush a rebellion. When she died, she was just 39 years old. Shahjahan was inconsolable and contemporary chronicles tell of the royal court mourning for two years. there was no music, no feasting, and no celebration of any kind.
As she lay dying, she asked the emperor for four promises: first buiding the Taj Mahal, second that he should remarry, third being kind to their children, fourth visiting the tomb on her death anniversary. The first promise is why the Taj Mahal was constructed.
It is one of the most flawless architectural constructions of the world. The mausoleum began in 1633. 20,000 workers contributed in the building for 17 years. The most skilled architects, inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons came from all across Indian and lands as distant as Persia and Turkey. The master mason was from Baghdab, an expert in building the double dome from Persia, and an inlay specialist from Delhi.
For centuries, the Taj Mahal has inspired poets, painters and musicians to try and capture its elusive magic in word, colour and song. It is one of the most flawless architectural creations of the world. Since the 17th century, travellers have crossed continents to come and see this ultimate memorial to love, and few have been unmoved by its incomparable beauty.
Beauty of Taj Mahal during Day
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