Ever since my childhood, I have always been fascinated with the words “True love” and “Happy endings”. Even though I know for a fact, that reality is usually the opposite, it is still fascinating to examine the meanings.
From the moment I first heard the story about the Taj Mahal, it never seemed to get out of my head. For me, in college, it was one of the best parts. To study about India in World history and in World Tourism, was to dream. The word “Mahal” in my language means “love” so whenever I hear Mahal it always reminds me of the Taj Mahal. It was on my bucket list to go to India (not to mention that I wanted to meet Mr. Aamir Khan,-my super-duper crush!) I wanted to see it for real! I wanted to know if eternal love actually exists.
The Taj Mahal was created out of the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, two lovers in history. They set an example of what true love means for those of us, who live today. Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan)( 1592) was the son of the emperor of India. In 1607 Shah Jahan caught a glimpse of a lady, and her features were far beyond description (clearly, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder).
Yep! You know the story. It was love at first sight and the lady was Mumtaz Mahal. After meeting the beautiful lady, the prince went back to his father and declared that he wanted to marry her. To make the love story short, Mumtaz was Shajahan’s favourite wife, he always felt happy with her. History says that she was his comforter and his best friend. With Mumtaz standing beside him, in his kingdom, he felt safe and inspired.
Yep, love always bring out the best in a man. But then, like in all love stories, there is that certain moment, where you have to feel the sting of reality, that nothing stays forever. When Mumtaz was giving birth to their 14th child, she died due to complications. While on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and would build a beautiful mausoleum over her grave. He was so heartbroken after her death that he mourned for two years.
After that, BEHOLD the world’s most beautiful monument, in memory of his wife was erected. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. Shah Jahan died in 1666 and his body was placed next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal.
The moment I laid my eyes to that humongous white Marble Monument, I concluded that YES! This is eternal and I can feel it.
If I were Mumtaz, I would definitely fall on my knees and cry my heart out. Indeed, he made Taj Mahal as beautiful as his vision of her.I haven’t seen any drawings or pictures of Mumtaz but I know in my heart, that she was gorgeous!
I even asked my boyfriend (of course, you go to a romantic symbolic place, then bring your boyfriend!) if he would build the same? And confidently he answered, “of course! After you die”. He got me there. Our tour guide laughed when he heard that answer. But, but at least I know he will.
The Taj Mahal is definitely a jawbreaker as you travel from the main gate to the main entrance of the monument. It is very symmetrical and each design was intricately made with love, the greatest architect.
I am sure that Mumtaz would be very impressed. She would have the same feelings that I had when I saw that the marble had been crafted perfectly. When you touch it, it is like a painting. It is so smooth, that you cannot feel any single space on the wall. The floor and the wall are bizarrely preserved by time, it is truly amazing and worth visiting!
Ohhh, don’t forget to bring a boyfriend with you.