|Mumtaj mahal’s actual name was Arjumand Banu Begum. Shah Jahan was engaged to her when he was 16. But married her when he was around 20.She was his 2nd wife. He had a reasonably monogamous relationship with her. He did not marry anyone after she died. Yes he took several concubines and had illicit and adulterous relationships.He had a voracious appetite till the end (74 yrs) and it was that which took him away. But then it was the norm in medieval middle eastern world.He was bit more.
Shah Jahan was certainly orthodox and intolerant and indulged in destroying other religious places. But being a fifth generation emperor in Hindusthan he had qualities which made him the first and as fate would have it the last of the Great Mughals. He wrote the couplet Agar firdaus bar ru-yi Zamin ast Hamin ast, u hamin ast, u hamin ast. It was his father Jahangir who is rumored to have got killed Sher Khan the first husband of Noorjahan. It is perhaps only a rumour. There was no need. It was the Timurrid Custom that if the emperor desires you divorce your wife and give her to him. And Tajmahal was initially the residence of Raja Mansingh. And perhaps there was a Shiv mandir there. So there is a story that it was originally Tejomahalaya.
We know TAJ MAHAL as a symbol of love. But other lesser known facts are:
1. Mumtaz was Shahjahan’s 4th wife, out of his 7 wives (great)
2. Shah jahan killed Mumtaz’s husband to marry her.
3. Mumtaz died in her 14th delivery.
4. Shah Jahan then married Mumtaz’s sister where the Hell is LOVE ???
LOVE HAS GONE INTO THE SAMADHI. LOVE IS IN THE EYES & MINDS OF THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED THESE STUPID STORIES AND WENT ‘GA GA’ OVER IT. ALSO, HOWEVER MUCH IT IS TOLD “OUR GREAT PEOPLE & HISTORIANS WOULD NOT BELIEVE, THAT EXISTED IN THESE STORIES. THE MOGHUL & IN FACT MOST OF THE MUSLIM KINGS/ COMMONERS CASE IS THE SAME. HISTORIANS DUPED US TO A GREAT EXTENT AND NOW THE THIRD RATE SECULAR POLITICIANS.
AKBAR was called “GREAT” by Historians and SHIVAJI termed as the “MOUNTAIN RAT” by the same historians. How much GREAT AKBAR was seen in his NAVROSA conducted every POURNIMA day to draw beautiful ladies in to the Moghul garden – invitation sent in the name of QUEEN. There Akbar used to select His ‘bride’ for the night. AND where as SHIVAJI, was furious with his own General, for capturing a Muslim queen during a battle and sent her back with all the Honours.
THIS IS THE CULTURE WE HOLD HIGH, BUT THE SECULARISTS & OTHERS SEE THAT WHAT AKBAR & OTHERS DID WAS GREAT.
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 20.08.2011)