Taj Mahal – Love or Lust story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz
Taj Mahal is known as an unmatched symbol of love in the world. Which name is also counted among the 7 wonders of the world. According to the books, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. What is the reality of the Taj Mahal, which is said to be a sign of true love? Because there are many such facts related to the Taj Mahal, which were changed over time to make a good image of the Mughals kings.
According to historians, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of Mumtaz, but if the original books of Shah Jahan are seen, So the truth turns out to be something else.
Padshahnama or Badshah Nama is a book of official works of Emperor Shah Jahan, which was written during the time of Shahjahan. This book describes the dark secrets of Mughal kings’ real image.
Shah Jahan character in Badshah Nama:
The truth is, what is considered a sign of love was actually a den of debauchery. Historians have presented the image of Shah Jahan in such a way that people recognize Shah Jahan separately from his real image.
Shahjahan was born on 5th January 1592 in Lahore, Pakistan, whose complete name was Shihab al-Din Muḥammad Khurram Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan was one of the most playboy-type kings of the Mughal dynasty. He had a total of 7 wives, out of which Mumtaz was his 4th wife.
Mumtaz was born on 27 April 1593 in Agra and her father’s name was Abu’l-Hasan Asaf Khan. Her real name was Arjumand Banu Begam. When Mumtaz was 13 years old when she was married to her first husband name Sher Afgan Khan, who was Subedar in Shahjahan court. Mumtaz even had one child.
Although Shahjahan was a lustful man, whenever he saw women, he would definitely fulfill his lust with that women. Even Shahjahan had a building known as Harem, where he used to keep prostitutes. It is said that Shahjahan had a total number of 8000 prostitutes in his Harem to satisfy his lust. Therefore, a person who had physical relations with so many women, how can he express the picture of love.
And it is also a lie that Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal. Rather, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan to eliminate his lust and for such comfort. Earlier, every Mughal King used to built monuments like Tajmahal for their comfort and enjoyment. Even, after the death of Mumtaz, Shah Jahan married Mumtaz’s sister Farzana with a few days to release his lust.
Relationship of Mumtaz Mahal and Shahjahan:
As we know, the girl whom Shah Jahan used to see, he used to sleep with that girl. Same in the case of Mumtaz Mahal, when Shahjahan saw Mumtaz Mahal then his lust aroused. Although Mumtaz was already a married woman but Shahjahan killed her husband and took her in his place forcefully.
■ Also, Mumtaz was not that beautiful as she picturized in today’s book. It is said that Shahjahan’s first wife Ishrat Banu was so attractive and beautiful but Shahjahan was a lustful king. So he used to have physical relations with different ladies in his court.
■ Shah Jahan married three more women even after Mumtaz. Apart from this, there used to be several thousand concubines in Shah Jahan’s Harem. Then how can we assume that Shahjahan was the lover of Mumtaz, actually he never loved any women in his life?
■ Shahjahan killed Mumtaz’s first husband and married her forcibly on 10 May 1613. However, it is also a matter that if Shah Jahan had really loved his wife Mumtaz, then after marrying her, he would not have married many women or kept so many mistresses.
■ Shah Jahan married Mumtaz only and only to satisfy his lust, not for her beauty.
Death of Mumtaz Mahal during her 14th child delivery:
According to historical evidence, Mumtaz gave birth to 14 children and 7 children died at the time of birth. Mumtaz was only a means of quenching his lust for Shah Jahan. It is said that when Shah Jahan used to go to war, he used to take some woman with him for physical relation.
■ Once, when Shahjahan had to go to Burhan for wars, then he took Mumtaz with him. At that time, Mumtaz was pregnant with her 14th child.
The distance of Burhan to Agra was 786 km, so Mumtaz had to suffer a lot in travel. During the same night, Mumtaz had labor pains. Where she died during her 14th delivery on 16 June 1631. Although, it does not affect Shahjahan anymore. After few days, Shahjahan married Mumtaz’s sister and satisfy his lust with her. Even, Shahjahan forcibly establishes a physical relationship with his elder daughter Jahanara.
Whoever has never respected women, what will he understand about the worship of love? In the eyes of Shah Jahan, every girl in the world was a lust-eliminating machine, whether she is his daughter, sister, and wife. Whatever girl he liked, he used to make her his own or make her his prostitutes. Shah Jahan had married Mumtaz only for her body. Therefore it would be wrong to call the Taj Mahal the mausoleum of Mumtaz’s memory.
However, during the time, many Pro-Mughal historians try to manipulate history and created good images of these lustful Mughal kings. But, if we go through their history books, then we noticed that no Mughal was gentle or noble-minded. All Mughals kings used women as prostitutes and like animals.
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