The Love Story of the Taj Mahal

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1. The Taj Mahal, the amazing Indian monument has a story that has been melting millions of visitors’s hearts since the time it has been visible.

2. A story, that although ended back in 1631, continues to live on in the form of Taj & is considered a living example of eternal love.

3. It’s a love story of Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal, two historical people who set an example for people living in present & future to come.

4. The Taj is “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”

5. Shah Jahan, named Prince Khurram, was born in 1592. He was the son of Jehangir, 4th Mughal emperor of India & grandson of Akbar the Great

6. In 1607 when strolling down the Bazaar, accompanied by a string of courtiers, Shah Jahan caught a glimpse of a girl hawking silk & beads

7. It was love at first sight & the girl whole stole Shah Jahan’s heart was Mumtaz Mahal, who was known as Arjumand Banu Begum at that time

8. At that time, he (Shah Jahan) was 14 years old and she (Mumtaz Mahal), a Muslim Persian princess, was 15.

9. After meeting her,Shah Jahan went back to his father & declared that he wanted to marry her.The match got solemnized after 5 years in 1612

10. It was in the year 1628 that Shah Jahan became the Emperor of India and entrusted Arjumand Banu with the royal seal.

11. He (Shah Jahan) also bestowed her with the title of Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the “Jewel of the Palace”.

12. Though Shah Jahan had other wives also, but, Mumtaz Mahal was his favorite and accompanied him everywhere, even on military campaigns.

13. In the year 1631, when Mumtaz Mahal was giving birth to their 14th child, she died due to some complications.

14. While Mumtaz was on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry & will build the richest mausoleum over her grave

15. It is said that Shah Jahan was so heartbroken after her death that he ordered the court into mourning for two years.

16. Sometime after her death, Shah Jahan undertook the task of erecting the world’s most beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved.

17. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the Taj Mahal monument.

18. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal.

19. This magnificent monument came to be known as “Taj Mahal” and now counts amongst the Seven Wonders of the World.

Stories beat information every time. Like it or not, many business professionals are judged on the quality of their presentation skills.

Information is great.  Facts can be useful, enlightening, and help us make better decisions.  But they can also be overwhelming, boring, and hard to remember.

Rather than just providing information, tell stories. People remember stories more than facts.

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About Roche Mamabolo

Entrepreneur, Author, Dad. Passionate about Innovation and Creativity, Books, Poetry, Traveling, Theatre, Art, Music.
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