Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India, appears in several listings of seven wonders of the world. People all over the world believe it as a symbol of love. In India, it is among the most popular tour destinations for foreigners and hence it plays a great role in keeping India’s tourism sector growing. But is it really a symbol of love? Or why was it built for?
Construction of Taj Mahal started in 1932. It was built in remembrance of Mumtaj Mahal, the third wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. In 1931, Shah Jahan was completely grief-stricken by the death of Mumtaj. This caused the construction of Taj Mahal as a tomb for Mumtaj. But just because of this, can it be called a symbol of love? May be you get to know the answer yourself after considering these facts.
- Mumtaj had a husband earlier and Shah Jahan killed her husband to marry her.
- Shah Jahan had seven wives and she was Shah Jahan’s third one.
- Shah Jahan and Mumtaj had total 14 children and she died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begham.
- After the death of Mumtaj, he married Mumtaj’s sister.
Does these facts anyhow describe any love between them? Other than these, there is another history of this architecture. That is, Taj was actually a temple of Lord Shiva (Hindu God) and was known as Tejo Mahalya.
It was stated by Professor P. N. Oak in his books Taj Mahal a Shiva Temple Myth and Taj Mahal: The True Story and he showed some interesting sets of proof. But unfortunately these books were banned by the government of India. Then Prof. P.N. Oak filed a petition in court to prove his facts, but it was also rejected. Still many researchers believe this fact to be true.
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