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THE TAJ MAHAL- A Love Story Written With White Marbel Standing Magnificently Till Today

      The world's most magnificent Taj Mahal stands, majestically on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra, Utter Pradesh , India. It is a marble mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, built by her husband Shah Jahan.
           Shah Jahan was very popular among his people because he was very aristocratic, astute, civilized and accompolished. He meet Arjumand Begam in a new year party. He fell in love with her & married her as his fourth wife. Both of them were so affectionate to each other that they never parted. She traveled with him where ever he went and that'show she died after delivering her fourteenth child. 

On her death bed she asked for four vows from the Emperor:- 
1. he must build a beautiful tomb in memory of her;
 2. he must marry again; 
3. he should be affectionate to their children; 
4. he must visit her tomb on her death anniversary every year.
 He kept his word to his beloved and started the construction of the Mahal on the river bank.

           It is told that Shah Jahan would have designed this magnificent but he alone could not have done such a stunning job. It is told that he had consulted many experts from Middle-East & European countries for the complete design of it. His name was just given to it but there were more than 35 masterminds working on the architect of it. There are many names specified here & there in historical books but nothing seems to give a confirmed say about it.

         It took 22 yrs (1631-1653) to complete the construction. The architecture is a combination of Persia, Islamic & Indian Architecture style. It took 20,000 workers, more than 1,000 elephants and a lump sum of 32 corer rupees to complete the construction. The required marbles were purchased from Markrana -Rajasthan, & precious stones were brought from Sri Lanka, China, Tibet, Afghanistan & Arabia.

         It is a perfect example of symmetry. IN the good old years to have created a building with this much symmetry is definitely amazing. From the four sectioned gardens, to the four minarets and from the tomb to the entrance the idea of symmetry continues. Our mind wishes to see things which are symmetrical. That is the reason we get awe struck when we look at the Taj Mahal reflecting in the pool of water right before it. 
   It is not only symmetrical in the exterior, it is also carefully built in the interior too. But its interior symmetry was broken heartlessly when Shah Jahan was buried next to his beloved Mumtaz after his death, by his son Aurangzeb.
         This is a most visited tourism spot of India. Nearly 4 million from around the world fly in just to see the beauty of Taj Mahal. Annual visitors sums upto about 10 million visitors per year.