It is one of the 7 wonders of this world. It is a brilliant architectural monument. It is erected in the name of endless, love. It is the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal, meaning “crown of palaces” in Arabic, was built by the 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.It has been portrayed as the beacon of love situated in Agra, Delhi, capital of India, from the moment it was inaugurated by The Great Emperor Shahjahan, mourning for his dead wife with over 20,000 volunteers working over a period of 22 years. He erected this magnificent monument as to contain the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz. History recites this tale of love every day. Most couples select to visit this tomb of love to re-establish their love for each other.
The full title of Shah Jahan as an emperor was “Shahanshah Al-Sultan al-‘Azam wal Khaqan al-Mukarram, Malik-ul-Sultanat, Ala Hazrat Abu’l-Muzaffar Shahab ud-din Muhammad Shah Jahan I, Sahib-i-Qiran-i-Sani, Padshah Ghazi Zillu’llah, Firdaus-Ashiyani, Shahanshah—E—Sultanant Ul Hindiya Wal Mughaliya“.
History is written by the powerful and the victorious. Let us do some digging underneath the Taj and see what pops out. Yes, there are some grey areas which most of us were never been told or taught.
Here are few shocking facts about the Taj
20,000 Volunteers and 22 Years
We may actually need to look up what the word ‘volunteer’ really means. A volunteer means someone who volunteers without outside force included. We may have some trouble accepting 20,000 people volunteered for 22 years of hard labor to build a tomb. Well you do not have pretty much a choice when a cruel and powerful emperor give you orders. He impoverished and over taxed the villagers and shopkeepers to pay for the expensive marbles and stones which were to be transported to India, from different parts of the world.
“Do or die, must have been the best adaptable equation here”.
Executions of the chief architect and assistants
Well, once the monument is done, the emperor had its chief architect named ‘Ustad Isa’ and his main assistants were executed along with his chief assistants. The emperor had the thumbs of several other masons cut off in order to prevent them replicating his love structure. Given the fact that the emperor’s cruelties to the minorities and other communities and destruction of several temples of the Hindus, this may not come in as a surprise to the real historians.
The emperor could pick any girl he liked despite of their age and marital status. Many husbands of the girls he liked were castrated for them to not, you know what.
Where is the Love?
The monument is praised for the Love it gleams for the wife from the emperor. Let us see if, we can find the element of ‘Love’ here.
- The emperor was married 7 times, and the lady who is believed to be buried inside the Taj, Mumtaz Mahal, was his 4th
- Mumtaz was married to another man. The empires saw, her once and immediately earned for her. He plotted a dark plot and killed her husband in order to marry her.
- Mumtaz Mahal, was Shah Jahan’s third wife, and was engaged to him when she was merely 14. In their 19 years of marriage, she bore 14 children, enduring a pregnancy almost every year, till she died giving birth to her fourteenth. She died of postpartum hemorrhage because of the multiple, back-to-back pregnancies she was forced to endure.
- Shah Jahan married Mamtaz Mahal’s sister after her death.
Hmm, Well can you please tell me was it real love or……., you fill in the blanks.
Later in his years, Shah jahan was put to house arrest by his sons, who fought with each other for the crown. After his death, instead of building a second mausoleum for the emperor, his victorious son laid him to rest beside his wife. It was never the emperor’s wish that was to be laid to rest beside his wife.