I want a lover who will build me a Taj Mahal in their heart.
(that way we can avoid the whole trampling on others by enslaving them to construct a monument to love)
Known as a “tear drop on the cheek of time” this glorious monument was built in the 17th century to memorialize the death of emperor Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal. Their relationship was “unusual” because it was more the Western ideal of romantic, personal love.
Court records describe that “the mutual affection and harmony between the two had reached a degree never before seen between husband and wife among the class of rulers or among the other people… The intimacy, deep affection, attention and favor which the majesty had for the chosen one of the palace exceeded by a thousand times that he had for any other.”
Its architecture is “a testament to eternal love”. Built on the edge of a river, many deep wells were dug and filled with stone, creating a solid foundation that would not wash away. The towers around it actually lean outwards. This counters the natural illusion of towers leaning inwards and also, in the event of an earthquake, would cause the pillars to fall away from the central building.
This “eternal love poem in stone” was designed to stay in the minds of visitors. As one approaches thru a gatehouse the building appears to become smaller, as more of it comes into view. As one leaves it looks larger and it is said that you take the Taj Mahal with you when you leave.
(info via Smithsonian tv special)