Essay On Divine Love

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I am not a history-monuments- tombs obsessed person, yet this must have been my twentieth visit to The Taj Mahal and The Agra Fort. What has been drawing me here time and again? Is it the Divine Love that’s associated with The Taj Mahal, the proud passion of an emperor 's love wrought in breathing stones? People have always been fascinated with Divine Love, especially the eternal romance of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz and the excitement and mystery associated with their love affair. Why is the fascination for Divine Love so universal? Is it real? As such, we are mere men and women—mortal, physical, earthbound, and sustained for a few decades by food, water and the air we breathe. Yet our hearts are filled with “Divine Love”—a driving force of change for the better, giving us hope and something to look forward to—but our bodies are bound by reality. Accounts of people like Shah Jahan and Mumtaz, in a sense, could be an attempt to peer into the great gulf between the two. Though initially I enjoyed roaming around a…show more content…
It was some minutes before he continued. “The princess was seventeen when her mother died. Though grief stricken she took the place of her mother as the First Lady of the Empire. The death of Mumtaz had traumatized Shah Jahan to such an extent that he lost all interest in the affairs of the mighty Mughal Empire. Entrusting the royal zeal to Jahan Ara the emperor withdrew to his private chambers. Apart from caring for her younger siblings, she is also credited with bringing her father out of mourning and restoring normality to a court darkened by her mother’s death and her father’s grief. Coming out of bereavement, Shah Jahan bestowed upon Jahan Ara with half of Mumtaz Mahal’s personal property worth Rs ten million. Her annual stipend was raised from Rs 600,000 to Rs one million. She became the trusted confidante of the emperor. She was highly educated and well versed in Persian and Arabic, as well as a writer and
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