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The Taj Mahal

The credit for the construction of the Taj Mahal in Agra goes to the Mughul Emperor Shah Jahan, who built this mausoleum in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz Mahal, whose actual name was Arjumarid Bano Begum, died in AD 1630 at Agra while giving birth to Shah Jahan’s 14th child. Legend has it that the last wish expressed by her was for her husband to build such a monument in her memory that the world would not forget it. The Taj Mahal was Shah Jahan’s reply to this last request made by his beloved queen.

Located along the banks of the River Yamuna, the Taj spreads across almost 42 acres of land and it is believed that this particular spot was chosen by the emperor because of its peaceful and soothing effect. One of the seven wonders of the world, it stands as a tribute to undying love and all who visit it stand awed at the first impression created by this marvel in white marble.

Shah Jahan began the construction of the Taj Mahal in A.D. 1632 and it was completed in A.D 1648 after 17 years. During this period, twenty thousand men are supposed to have laboured on it on a daily basis. A separate township called ‘Mumtazabad’ now known as ‘Taj Ganj’ was built to accommodate these laborers and even today one can see it located next to the site of the monument.

Over the years there have been many myths that have become associated with the Taj Mahal. The presence of blocked rooms and supposed secret passages have led to much speculation amongst archeologists, adventure seekers and laymen alike. However, most of these myths have been found to be hollow and hardly any have received affirmation by historians. Any trip to the Taj Mahal will acquaint visitors with such stories as they surround the monument in the form of tourist guides.

It is believed by many that Shah Jahan had decided to build a Black Taj Mahal which would be his own masoleun. This was supposed to be a replica of the white one and was to be located on the opposite bank of the Yamuna, connected to Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb by a bridge. However, growing hostilities between his sons disrupted this plan and later occupant of the throne, Augungzeb, who came to power after usurping his father’s throne, refused to comply with the wish.

Supporters o the theory further add that the Mehtab Burj that is situated opposite the Taj Mahal was actually the foundation and part-remnant of the black Taj Mahal plan that was abandoned. However, such theories have very little basis in authenticity and have been annulled by historians across the board.

Nevertheless, whatever may or may not have been, the fact remains that the existing Taj Mahal is one of the most exquisite and beautiful monuments in the world. No one can discount the splendor of the tomb and even today is remains a tribute to a legacy of love.

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