The story behind the Taj Mahal is a love story that has stood the test of time and inspired several artistic works. It is a simple love story- that of a king’s love for his favourite queen.
When Shah Jahan married Arjumand Banu Begam, he was so enamoured by her that he gave her the title ‘Mumtaz Mahal’ (chosen one of the palace) Begum. History portrays Mumtaz as the ‘perfect wife’ who had the complete trust of her husband – Shah Jahan entrusted her with his imperial seal, the Muhr Uzag, Mumtaz’s beauty and virtues have been extolled by many a poet. the empress was Shah Jahan’s loyal consort, confidante, and counselor.
When Mumtaz Mahal passed away, Shah Jahan was grief stricken and went into ‘secluded mourning’ for a year. As a posthumous tribute to his wife, the Mughal Empored built the Taj Mahal- an everlasting memorial and resting place from a king to his queen.