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Love is the most valuable and overwhelming feeling a human can experience. People have chosen different ways to manifest this sublime feeling. Some have chosen to write poetry some to sing songs and verses. Emperor Shajahan chose to build a monument. Not exactly a monument but a tomb. A tomb for his beloved wife Noorjahan. So that He can remember her always. But such is the splendor of this magnificent white marble monument that even after 350 years , Agra is known throughout the world through this eternal work of manís ability.
Agra might have gone into history as any other North Indian city without this white miracle. Even with modern construction equipments this architectural wonder will be impossible to dream. The sad part of the story may be that the emperor cut the hands of the a sculptor who made this tomb. He didnít want any one built anything near to this tomb. We may feel this to be cruel, but Shahjahan was just a bit selfish.
A History records Shajahan as the most extravagant emperor of the Mughal Dynasty. He was over thrown by his son Aurngazeb and was jailed. The only thing the deposed emperor asked was to put him somewhere from where he could see the Taj . He was put in the Red fort across river Jamuna It would have been a great relief to emperor to see Taj mahal on the other bank of Jamuna. Itís said that view of the moonlit Taj Mahal on full moon day is a direct vision of paradise.
People may fall in love and do may things for it. But it needs emperor to built a Taj . Some may disagree and say it needs a shahjahan to built the Taj and a Noorjahan to be his wife. What ever history says Agra and India will always have a place in it as long Taj remains the attraction.