Taj Mahal - The symbol that teaches us, Love

More than 350 years have passed since the construction of this Taj Mahal, the symbol of love. However, its beauty, brilliance, and surprises have not diminished to this day. When we say Taj Mahal, we are reminded of love.

Next to come to mind is Shah Jahan, Mumtaz. Mumtaz, who was responsible for building this Taj Mahal, which stands as a symbol of love, started building the Taj Mahal only after the death of Mumtaz, the wife of Shah Jahan.  So how and where was Mumtaz’s body preserved before the completion of the Taj Mahal? What is the sad ending that befell the hero Shah Jahan of this story? This post is to know some interesting information about.

King Jahangir had a total of four sons. Shah Jahan is one of them. Shah Jahan was the one who killed Jahangir and killed the other three brothers who were born with him when it came to the issue of who would take over the Mughal’s rule. Shah Jahan seized power at an early age.

Shah Jahan is said to be the greatest of the Mughal emperors. He is proud to be the most powerful and wealthy king in India. So when it comes to fighting with other countries politically, he will end the war smoothly by marrying princesses who are in war-torn countries so that his rule will not have any problems. Thus, it is also noteworthy that Shah Jahan has had multiple marriages politically.

Mumtaz was not Shah Jahan’s first wife. We should also note that Shah Jahan had many more marriages after marrying Mumtaz.  No matter how many marriages Shah Jahan has made, Mumtaz is the only one who thinks of himself as his lifelong wife and girlfriend.

Shah Jahan and Mumtaz have a total of 14 children. Mumtaz died in childbirth just as the 14th child was being born. The 14th child was born well. But Mumtaz is not alive. This 14th child was not born in Agra. The incident took place while Shah Jahan was on his way to Burkanpur, Madhya Pradesh for a war. This is the place in Madhya Pradesh where Mumtaz died. Located several hundred kilometres from Agra. Shah Jahan, who lost his wife, was devastated. He isolated himself for months in grief thinking he had lost everything in his life. Mumtaz was 39 when she died. Shah Jahan was 40.

Mumtaz is buried in Burkanpur where she died. The war has been going on for a year. At the end of the war Shah Jahan is also victorious. Shah Jahan then decides to build a Taj Mahal for Mumtaz in Agra. He takes his wife’s body, which is buried several kilometres away from Agra, in a gold box and takes it to Agra. The work of building the Taj Mahal is just beginning. Until then, Mumtaz’s body will be buried a second time near the Taj Mahal, where it was decided to build the Taj Mahal. Work on the construction of the Taj Mahal has begun. It is noteworthy that it took 22 years to complete the construction of the Taj Mahal in total.

A total of 22,000 people have worked to build the Taj Mahal, bringing in technicians from many countries and bringing in exclusive materials from many countries. In addition, 1000 elephants were used to build the Taj Mahal. After the Taj Mahal was completed 22 years later, the buried Mumtaz has dug up again and buried in the middle of the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan brought his wife safely to the fort he had built for his wife. By this, we can understand that Shah Jahan did not lose a single drop of love only on the wife he wished for, no matter how old he was and how many marriages he performed.

Well, do you know what happened to Shah Jahan in the next few years? Shah Jahan had a total of 14 children. That means Shah Jahan and Mumtaz have only 14 children. Aurangzeb is one of these 14 children. The desire has come for Aurangzeb to rule the country. But his father Shah Jahan did not allow it. Times have passed. The compulsion of time was that Shah Jahan had reached old age. The health has gone bad. Aurangzeb imprisons the ailing Shah Jahan at a fort in Agra.

Shah Jahan spends his ten years staring at the Taj Mahal through a small hole through the Agra Fort and finally dies in the same place. After Shah Jahan’s death, his body is taken to Aurangzeb’s and buried next to Mumtaz’s tomb. 350 years have passed since the construction of this Taj Mahal. Half of the property inside the Taj Mahal is said to have been destroyed during this 350-year period. That is, the kings who came next to Aurangzeb, then World War I, World War II, the British rule that little by little all the valuables in the Taj Mahal were exploited.

However, during the British rule that the Taj Mahal was to be maintained and preserved, and the British government accepted the cost and renovated the Taj Mahal. If the Taj Mahal still stands as one of the wonders of the world despite all these problems, it is because of Shah Jahan’s love for Mumtaz. It is amazing when you think about it.

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