Throwback Thursday: Mumtaz Mausoleum 1631

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Mumtaz Mahal (exalted one of the palace), born Arjumand Banu Begum, was the Empress consort of the Mughal Empire, from January 19, 1628 to June 17, 1631, [and] chief consort of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

[Born] to a family of Persian nobility, [she] was the daughter of Abu’l-Hasan Asaf Khan […]. She was married at the age of 19 [in 1612] to Prince Khurram, [later named] Jahan, [becoming] his second wife. [They] had fourteen children, including Jahanara Begum […] and the Crown prince Dara Shikoh [..]. Shikoh was, eventually, deposed by younger sibling Aurangzeb.

Three hundred, ninety years ago, today, Mumtaz Mahal died [from a postpartum hemorrhage] in Burhanpur, Deccan (present-day Madhya Pradesh), during the birth of her fourteenth child, a daughter named Gauhar Ara Begum. Her body was temporarily buried at Burhanpur in a walled pleasure garden known as Zainabad […].

[The] emperor was reportedly inconsolable. Apparently, after her death, he went into secluded mourning for a year. When he appeared again, his hair had turned white, his back was bent and his face worn. Mumtaz’s eldest daughter, Jahanara […], gradually brought her father out of grief and took her mother’s place at court.

[Shah Jahan] began planning the design and construction of a suitable mausoleum and funerary garden in Agra for his wife. It was a task that would take 22 years to complete: The Taj Mahal.

Wikipedia Summaries

Additional Reading:
The Myth of the Taj Mahal and a New Theory of It’s Symbolic Meaning
(College Art/Wayne E. Begley/PDF)

8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Mumtaz Mausoleum 1631

    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    June 28, 2021 at 12:04 AM

    14 friggin children….14…wow. I never knew that about the The Taj Mahal…damn no wonder.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 28, 2021 at 4:51 AM

      Yeah. Fourteen. I’m thinking to myself “Oh, HELL, no!” Get off and stay off.

        badfinger20 (Max) said:
        June 28, 2021 at 8:47 AM

        Yea time to get the mace ol Chasity belt out and on. No wonder she was honored…she should get honored for not killing him.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          June 28, 2021 at 5:54 PM

          LOL! “Go forth and multiply” was taken literally.

          He was a busy dude, too. He had more than one wife. She was number 2.

            badfinger20 (Max) said:
            June 28, 2021 at 7:05 PM

            Yea…no thank you…. nagging in stereo….I’ll pass

              The Hinoeuma responded:
              June 28, 2021 at 8:55 PM

              LOL! What? You don’t want a harem?

                badfinger20 (Max) said:
                June 28, 2021 at 8:56 PM

                Hell no….one is all I can/will handle. If anything I’d live by myself with a giant tv with Dodger baseball and close to a pizza place.

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