Imperador Shah Jahan mandou construir em memória de sua esposa favorita, Aryumand Banu Begam, a quem chamava de Mumtaz Mahal ("A joia do palácio"). Ela morreu após dar à luz o 14º filho, tendo o Taj Mahal sido construído sobre seu túmulo, junto ao rio Yamuna.
Emperor Shah Jahan had it built in memory of his favorite wife, Aryumand Banu Begam, whom he called Mumtaz Mahal ("The palace jewel"). She died after giving birth to the 14th child, having the Taj Mahal built over her grave by the Yamuna River.
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