Taj Mahal (1983)
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An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. 

Taj Mahal, for centuries, has inspired poets, painters and musicians to try and capture its elusive magic in word, colour and song. Taj Mahal which stands on the banks of Yamuna River in the city of Agra took 22 years to complete the construction. The construction of the Taj Mahal was completed in the year 1654. According to Tavernier, an eminent traveller and historian of those times, recorded the number of workmen engaged in the construction as 20,000. The construction materials were brought from all over India and Asia. A fleet of 1000 elephants were used to transport the materials to the site. 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into white marble to create this wonder of the world.
  • India 2004. Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the completion of Taj Mahal. 

India 2004. Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the completion of Taj Mahal.

Japan 2002. Taj Mahal. From the set "Japan and South Asia in the 21st century.

Taj Mahal was built in the memory of the beautiful Arjumand Bano Begum, who won the heart of a Mughal prince. She was married at the age of 21 to Emperor Jahangir’s third son Prince Khurram and stayed loyally by his side through good times and bad, in the luxurious royal palaces of Agra as well as the transient tents of war camps. 

When Khurram became ruler in 1628, he took the name of Shajahan meaning “King of the World” and showered his beloved Begum with the highest titles. 

She became Mumtaz Mahal, the exalted of the palace, and Mutaz-ul-Zamani, the exalted of the age. But Mumtaz Mahal was not destined to be Queen for long. 

  • Japan 2002. Taj Mahal. From the set "Japan and South Asia in the 21st century. 

In 1631 when Mumtaz Mahal died at the age of 39, the aggrieved Shahjahan vowed to build a memorial that would surpass anything ever created in the world. This ambition of Shahjahan even persists now also, depicting the true symbol of eternal love to the entire world. 

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