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'*Taj Mahal myths & legends*'


The Taj Mahal was build by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal.

It is said that Shah Jahan was madly in love with his wife and thus after her death he wanted to make his love immortal through the construction of this wonderful piece of art.

Thos the Taj Mahal is regarded as the living legend of love of the great emperor. But critics always argue that Shah Jahan been very diplomatic ruler and in his urge of viewing his name to be written in golden words is history he took the initiative of building such a fantastic monument.

Nevertheless, the Taj Mahal is the center of great debate, curiosity and discussion. It is said that Shah Jahan wanted to build one more Taj Mahal by the side of river Yamuna which would be black in color. It has been recorded by Tavernier-French merchant. "Shah Jahan began to build his own tomb on the other side of Yamuna but the war with his sons interupted his plans and Aurangzeb who reigns at present is not disposed to complete it."

The irregular position of the cenotaph of Shah Jahan as compared to that of Mumtaz Mahal, which occupies the exact centre of the hall, is said to be proof of this assumption.

The Mehtab Burj and the wall adjoining it opposite the Taj Mahal are generally said to be the foundations and remains of the proposed plan.

However, many scholars are to belive that this legendary story has got no business with truth. The traces, which are indentified as the fundations of second Taj, are actually the enclosing wall of a garden founded by Babur.

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