The Cause that made ShahJahan commission the construction of ‘The Taj’
Mughal Emperor ShahJahan, who constructed the Taj Mahal, a spectacular monument, and worked in commitment to love, exquisiteness, and life of his beloved wife, had succeeded in his lifetime and his critical wish to glorify the name of Mumtaz Mahal. Such is the regard of Mumtaz Mahal that she is known by everyone, who has ever known about the Taj Mahal.
Mumtaz Mahal was born in 1593 as Arjumand Banu Begum, to Abdul Hasan Asaf Khan and was a princess from the Persian nobility. So mesmerizing was her beauty that ShahJahan (then Prince Khurram) became hopelessly in love with her at first sight. It was in 1607 that she was engaged to Prince Khurram and soon turned into the undeniable affection of his life. After five years in 1612, their marriage was solemnized and from that point onward, began a standout amongst the most well known love saga known to the world. In spite of the fact that she was one of the three wives of ShahJahan, she was his favorite. He even presented her with the name Mumtaz Mahal signifying her as the “Gem of the Palace”, and the most elevated honor of the land – the imperial seal, ‘Mehr Uzaz’.
Mumtaz Mahal had a profound and adoring marriage with ShahJahan. Nevertheless, during her lifetime, artists would laud her magnificence, elegance and compassion. She was his trusted friend, his confidante, and went with him everywhere, throughout the Mughal Empire. Despite the fact that Mumtaz was one amongst the three wives ShahJahan had, the other two – Akbarabadi Mahal and Kandahari Mahal – as indicated by the official court writer Qazwini, his association with them was simply “the status of marriage.”
The closeness, profound love, consideration and support which the Emperor had for the Cradle of Beauty, Mumtaz, surpassed by a thousand times the affection he felt for the others. It is trusted that she was the ideal wife and depicted no goals of political power. Aside from guiding and supporting her spouse, and assuming the part of an adorable wife to Emperor ShahJahan, it is trusted that she loved watching elephants and battles performed for the court and would spend time along the riverside garden in Agra.
It was in 1630 that Mumtaz Mahal traveled with ShahJahan, who was battling a crusade in the Deccan Plateau. Much to his and her dismay, this was the last voyage that she could ever take as before long in 1631, she kicked the bucket while giving birth to their fourteenth heir, and left for the heavenly abode. It is trusted that such was the level of depression that ShahJahan went into that he became completely hopeless and was devastated.
Despite the fact that her remains were buried in Burhanpur, it wasn’t ageless, and ShahJahan then chose to create the world’s most expensive mausoleum in memory of his Jewel, Mumtaz. It took him 22 years and the greater part of his illustrious treasury to construct a monument befitting the memory of his dearest wife. At present, in commemoration to the eternal love and beauty of Mumtaz Mahal, stands the most excellent work of art in the universe. It is that monument of affection, immaculateness and unparalleled magnificence known as the Taj Mahal.