Shah Jahan assumed his kingdom by snatching it away from his father Jahangir and putting him in jail. However the same fate awaited him in his life. Shah Jahan is remembered much more than Jahangir and that is largely because of his excellent buildings at ShahJahanabadand more famously the Taj Mahal
Shah Jahan had a wife called Mumtaz. She was so beautiful that the moon hid itself in shame before her said the poets. He loved her deeply and was pained that she was going to die. He asked her what he could do to immortalise their love and she told him the famous words
Build me the most beautiful monument of love in the world.
And so upon Mumtaz's death, Shah Jahan used the finest of marble and built the Taj Mahal as her tomb. The entire Taj Mahal is built of purest white marble. Mumtaz is buried there.
The story goes back in 1607, when a prince of the royal Mughal household strolled down the Meena Bazaar, accompanied by a string of fawning courtiers, he caught a glimpse of a girl hawking silk and glass beads. Five years and a wife later (in those days princes did not marry for love alone) the regal 20-yr-old went to wed his 19-yr-old bride. It was a fairy tale union from the start, one that withstood court intrigues, battles for succession and finally, the grand coronation. And when she died on the 19th year of their marriage, he etched her story in stone. The Taj Mahal is the living symbol of the monumental passion of Shah Jahan and Arjumand Banu. Which other love story has so grand a memorial?