Tantalizing Trivia About The Woman Who Inspired The Taj Mahal

If you’re a history buff, the Taj Mahal most likely is one of the world’s fascinating treasures to you. However, the woman who inspired the brilliant work of art that still haunts us with its beauty and magnificence may be a mystery that casual observers never thought of.

From her breathtaking beauty to the amazing love story she experienced, there are still many facts being uncovered about the Taj Mahal and its inspiration, a member of the Persian nobility by the name of Mumtaz Mahal.

Was the Taj Mahal’s Construction Really Inspired By A Love Story?

17th-Century Indian Painting of Imaginary Durbar of Shah Jahan
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Barney Burstein/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Legend has it that the Taj Mahal was built because Prince Khurram was so taken with the beauty of Mumtaz Mahal that he fell deeply in love the second he set his eyes upon her. There are, of course, gaps in this story, as these events occurred back in the 1500s. One author, Aysha Taryam, said the following of the supposed love story that brought the Taj Mahal into existence:

"The world believes it was built by love but reading Shah Jahan’s own words on the Taj, one could say it was grief that built the Taj Mahal and it was sorrow that saw it through sixteen years till completion."