A Never Ending Love Story
By Madelyn Demumbreum
A Little Bit About the Taj
A little bit more about the Taj
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Shahabuddin Muhammad Shah Jahan, Shah Jahan was born on the fifth of January 1594 – 22 January 1666 and was the fifth Mughal Emperor of India. He is also known as Shah Jahan I. He ruled from 1628 until 1658. Born Prince Khurram, he was the son of Emperor Jahangir and his Hindu wife, Taj Bibi Bilqis Makani. He was chosen as successor to the throne after the death of his father in 1627. He was considered one of the greatest Mughals. His rule has been called the Golden Age and one of the most successful ages of Indian civilization. Like Akbar, he was eager to expand his large empire. In 1658, he got sick and was imprisoned by his son and successor Aurangzeb in Agra Fort until his death in 1666.Shah Jahan was a more successful Muslim than his father and grandfather. His policies towards non-Muslims were less liberal than Jahangir and Akbar.
The period of his reign was considered the golden age of Mughal architecture. Shah Jahan erected many monuments, the most famous of which is the Taj Mahal at Agra, built in 1632–1654 as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
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