Monument Of Love - Taj Mahal.. Photoshopped ...EXPLORED # 6 on Aug 26
Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world.
The story behind it goes something like this.
The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ruled from 1628 to 1658 .He called his
wife Mumtaz Mahal or Crown of the Palace, because she was so precious
Mumtaz Mahal died in 1631, shortly after giving birth to her 14th child. Her dying wish to Shah Jahan was that he should "build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before."
Shah Jahan fulfilled her wish, creating the most beautiful mausoleum the world had ever seen.
After Shah Jahan's death in 1666 A.D., he too was laid to rest beside his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. Their real tombs are in a basement of the Taj Mahal. The two ornately decorated tombs on the ground floor, sheltered by the dome of the Taj Mahal are part of the stylistic design of this beautiful monument in Agra India.
1) It took 22 years for the Taj Mahal to be completed.
2) A huge labor force of 20,000 workers led by Muhammed Hanif, the head of the masons and the Persian architect Ustad Isa or Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, were employed in its construction.
3)Finished in 1648, the Taj Mahal cost the Mughal exchequer 32 million rupees.
4)It is said, that after the completion of the construction, when emperor Shah Jahan viewed the Taj, he ordered his men to cut off the right hand of the master architect Ustad Isa, so the later may not be able to erect such a stately and imposing edifice again in his life.
There's another legend that says Shah Jahan was contemplating to build
yet another Taj Mahal across the river in black marble.
The Taj Mahal has been described by the poet Sir Edwin Arnold, as"Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones."