Friday 31 August 2012

Taj Mahal, Monument of Love

Located in Agra, Taj Mahal is a mausoleum, built by the great mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who is also known as Arjumand Bano Begum. Standing majestically on the bank of river Yamuna, it is one of the most recognizable structures and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.  This ‘epitome of love’ and romance, leaves visitors mesmerised and perpetually enthralled.  A style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles, it is the finest example of Mughal architecture.

In 1983, it became a UNESCO world heritage and has remained as one of the Seven Wonders of the World over a period of time. At the break of dawn, when the first rays of the sun hits the dome of this epic monument, it radiates like a bright golden heavenly abode. Then at dusk, on a moonlit night, it shines like a perfectly carved diamond, leaving the visitors awestruck by its shear grandeur. The beauty of this visual spectacle touches you deep inside when one hears the story behind the magnificent structure.

The Taj Mahal "crown of palaces", is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India on the banks of the river Yamuna. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". It is one of the 7 international wonders.

Taj Mahal has a story that has been touching the hearts of millions of people ever since it was built. A story that is considered a living example of ‘eternal love’. The love story of the mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (Prince Kurram) and Mumtaz Mahal (Anjumand Banu Begum). In 1631, Shah Jahan, during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when, Mumtaz Mahal died during the birth of their fourteenth child due to some complications. While Mumtaz was on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and will build the richest mausoleum over her grave, to commemorate their tale of pure love. After the construction of this magnificent monument, Shajahan buried his beloved wife's body right in the center. This unique piece of art is incomparable and stand apart from all monuments present in the world. There is much more than what is been said or written till date. So come and experience this epitome of true love in person and cherish the mesmerizing beauty which is just ineffable.

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