We are all watching romantic movies and we are all familiar with the romance books. But the story of Taj Mahal is something different. This is a romance story without any bonds, and this monument is a living example of an eternal love.
So here is the story. Once upon a time in India there was a man and a woman, of course every great love story starts in this way. So the man was Shah Jahan, the Indian prince, member of the Mughal dynasty. He was the son of one of the most powerful Indian rulers – Jehangir. The legend says that once when he was walking around the market, he saw a very beautiful girl. It was love at the first sight. Her name was Mumtaz Mahal. At this time he was 14 years old and she was 15. Shah Jahan was so defeated by her beauty, so he immediately went back to his father and declared that he wanted to marry her. He had other women because of the traditions, but Mumtaz Mahal was his favorite one, his soul mate and his love. They went everywhere together, even in military campaigns. They were like two pieces of one mind and one spirit.
But like every other great love story, the death took her place here. It happened when Mumtaz was giving birth to their 14th child. She was on her deathbed when he promised to her that he will never remarry again and will build one of the biggest mausoleums over her grave. He decided that this monument will be the most beautiful in the world and will be a symbol of their undying love. The legend also tells that Shah Jahan was so crushed to the declared two years of mourning in the country.
It took 22 years and 22 000 workers to build that monument – Taj Mahal. Later, when Shah Jahan died, his body was placed next to the Mumtaz’s. At least his goal was achieved – they were together even in death.
Today this is one of the most famous tourist attractions. It is one of The New World Wonders. More than 3 millions of people visit the Taj Mahal every year. Because every one of them wants to touch the story of Taj Mahal. Because everyone wants to feel the spirit of an undying love lasting forever.