Tantalizing Trivia About The Woman Who Inspired The Taj Mahal

It Was Mahal’s Death That Inspired Prince Khurram To Have The Taj Mahal Built

Agra, Tombs of Mumtaz-I-Mahal & Shahjehan in the Taj'
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As was the custom in those days, especially for those of the ruling nobility class, Prince Khurram had multiple wives. Mumtaz Mahal was his third wife, but it is believed that he treasured her over the others.

Mumtaz Mahal was born with a different name, Arjumand Banu Begum, and Prince Khurram was born Shah Jahan, a name historians often still use to refer to him by. The name Mumtaz Mahal allegedly meant "The Chosen One," or "Jewel of the Palace." She certainly had her share of influence through the years, and by all accounts, these monikers fit her position.