Friday, 29 June 2012


Hello, collectors! It's been a while since my last post, but I'm back now :) Due to work and some other obligations, unfortunately, I will not have much time for scanning the postcards I receive and posting them here this summer. But my hobby is not stopping at all... Just few days ago I found this wonderful postcard in my mailbox. The view is absolutely magical.
The story about Taj Mahal fascinates me every time I hear it. I'm sure you know the story, but here it comes once again! It's the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, two people from the course of history who set an example for the people living in present and the future to come.
Shah Jahan was born in the year 1592. He was the son of Jehangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India. In 1607 when strolling down the Meena Bazaar, Shah Jahan caught a glimpse of a girl hawking silk and glass beads. It was love at first sight. At that time, he was 14 years old and she, a Muslim Persian princess, was 15. After meeting her, Shah Jahan went back to his father and declared that he wanted to marry her.
It was in the year 1628 that Shah Jahan became the Emperor and entrusted Mumtaz Mahal with the royal seal. He also bestowed her with the title of Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the "Jewel of the Palace". Though Shah Jahan had other wives also, but, Mumtaz Mahal was his favorite and accompanied him everywhere, even on military campaigns. In the year 1631, when Mumtaz Mahal was giving birth to their 14th child, she died due to some complications. While Mumtaz was on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and will build the richest mausoleum over her grave.
It is said that Shah Jahan was so heartbroken after her death that he ordered the court into mourning for two years. Sometime after her death, Shah Jahan undertook the task of erecting the world's most beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent monument came to be known as "Taj Mahal" and now counts amongst the Seven Wonders of the World.
Heart melting story, isn't it? It is really nice to have a postcard from a place like this in my collection. Thank you, Anita!

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