An exquisite piece of timeless beauty crafted in white marble stands on the southern bank of Yamuna river in Agra , Uttar Pradesh (India). Taj Mahal is the paradise brought down to earth by Shah Jahan for his Majestic and phenomenal wife “Mumtaz Mahal”.
This Stunning structure is a pristine blend of “Islamic, Persian, Iranian and Hindu” architect. The structure enlivens and mesmerizes the person with it’s imperial look, heart melting story, immaculate workmanship and captivating personification of love and affection of a king towards his love.
Shah Jahan was fascinated with his wife Arjumand Banu Begum. He gave her the title ‘Mumtaz Mahal’ Begum (Chosen One of the Palace).
Taj Mahal ( “Crown of the Palaces”) is mausoleum built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal. The entire complex encompasses garden, mosques, sizable doors, pathways, and the edifice of main mausoleum. It extends in 17-hectare (42-acre) complex having beautiful Flowers, Trees, Minarets, Cupola,Cenotaph and structures.
Mughal Emeror, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658) built Taj Mahal between 1632 to 1653 to keep the remains of his Favorite wife “Mumtaz Mahal”.
Chief architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri designed and executed this eternal Masterpiece . 1000 elephants, 20000 artisans and 32 million rupees were used to construct this astounding piece of love with immortal workmanship.
Today in 2015 the money will be around 52.8 billion rupees (US$827 million). The actual mausoleum completed 1643 but the work for garden, courtyards,Cloisters and other complexes continued for next 10 years.
Shah Jahan was also know as Khurram fell in love with Mumtaz Mahal (A persian lady) daughter of Hasan Asaf Khan when he was young. He married this dazzling personality in April 1612. Shah Jahan bestowed Arjumand Banu Begum as “Mumtaz Mahal” (Chosen one of palace).
She was wife of King khurram(Shah Jahan) and died while giving birth to their 14th child ( a daughter named Gauhar Ara Begum).
Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
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