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Taj Mahal - The Symbol Of Eternal Love!

Updated on May 5, 2013

New Seven Wonders

As everyone know,Taj Mahal made to the list of New Seven Wonders earlier. In this page you can find Taj pictures, videos, history and some trivia on the famed Taj Mahal - The Symbol Of Eternal Love.

This marble marvel remains one of the most loved tourist spots in the world.

Some Interesting History On Taj

The Taj Mahal, located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, was actually built as a tomb by Mogul ruler Shah Jehan for his wife, Arjuman Banu. She was born in April, 1593 in Agra, India.

Shah Jahan ascended the peacock throne of India in 1628, at the age of 36. By that time, he had been married to his second Persian wife for 16 years. Formally named Arjuman Banu Begum, she was more familiarly known as Mumtaz Mahal, or "beloved ornament of the palace". Not only was the Shah deeply in love with her, one of his many wives and concubines, so were the people, who knew her as generous, compassionate, and one of the most beautiful women in India.

The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal
Taj - From a distance
Taj - From a distance
Mumtaz Mahal
Mumtaz Mahal

Within three years, their love story had ended. Mumtaz Mahal died on June 17, 1631 while accompanying the Shah during a battle campaign in Burhanpur in the Deccan (now in Madhya Pradesh) giving birth to her fourteenth child, a daughter named Gauhara Begum. So grief stricken was the Shah, that he withdrew from the public eye for a year, and when he emerged at the end of that time, although still a youthful 40, his hair had turned white and he appeared as an old man.

Whether it is true that Arjuman asked on her deathbed for a symbol of their love, nobody seems to know. But the Shah went ahead and erected an immortal tribute in the form of the most magnificent tomb in the world. It would take 23 years to be completed.

Taj In The early Morning Mist
Taj In The early Morning Mist
Details of the marble work
Details of the marble work

Far more than a simple burial place, the Taj Mahal actually contains many separate areas inside, as well as outer buildings and extensive gardens. The name is said to have been derived from his wife's nickname, Mumtaz Mahal. Her cenotaph, a word taken from the Greek for "empty tomb", rests in the exact middle of the main chamber, keeping the symmetrical design of the entire structure.

Four years after the tomb was completed, the Shah was deposed and imprisoned by his son. When he died in 1866, his son had a cenotaph created beside that of his wife, upsetting the balance of the chamber. The actual bodies, in true Muslim tradition, are buried in plain graves in the basement, wrapped in white shrouds, with faces turned towards Mecca.

Taj - From the sky
Taj - From the sky
Taj in stamps, Japan
Taj in stamps, Japan
Taj in Stamps, India
Taj in Stamps, India
Taj in Stamps, Ajman
Taj in Stamps, Ajman

Some Interesting Trivia

The Taj Mahal was scheduled to be torn down in the 1830s so that its marble facing could be shipped to London and auctioned to the landed English gentry. Wrecking machines were moved into the garden grounds and work was about to begin when word came from London that another auction of marble facades from Indian monuments and edifices had been a failure and it would not be worth proceeding.

In 1631, the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan's favorite wife (Mumtaz Mahal) died while giving birth to their fourteenth child. As Jahan rushed to her side, she uttered a dying wish: that he build a monument to commemorate their love.(Supposed to be myth)

The result? The Taj Mahal, a building which took 23 years to complete. According to legend, Jahan took drastic measures to ensure that his master carvers would never produce anything more beautiful.

Jahan died with his eyes open - facing the Taj Mahal.

Stones to build the Taj were brought from as far away as Tibet and Sri Lanka.

Shah Jahan wanted to build another Taj Mahal…one with black marble!

It is white marble and semi-precious stones on the dome of the Taj that make Taj Mahal change colour during the day and on moonlit nights.

Ustad Ahmad Lahori is believed to be the architect of Taj Mahal.

The garden walls, rest house, mosque and the entry arch are made of red sandstone.

Some people believe an Italian named Geronimo Veroneo designed the Taj Mahal.

It took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport the construction material to the site of the Taj.

UNESCO declared Taj Mahal a world heritage site in 1983.

Taj Mahal finally made it to the new seven wonders list in 2007.

The Taj Mahal Video

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      Nitesh kumar.singh from mumbai 5 years ago

      really unbelievable blessing got to indian country from god.I really appreciate of it.

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      kala....... 5 years ago

      TAJ IS WONDERFUL .......... I LOVE TAJ............

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      PRIYANKA TIWARI 5 years ago

      TAJ MAHAL IS REALLY SYMBOL OF LOVE , HANDS OF TO ALL PEOPLE WHO MADE IT , ITS LIKE A HEAVEN ON EARTH , OUTSTANDING.................... I

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      vijju 5 years ago

      I LOVE TAJ & ITS VRY WOUNDERFUL

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      Mohd Shoyeb 5 years ago

      TAJ a great symbol of love in India

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      Nasir for lahore 5 years ago

      I love india and tajmahal

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      dariellelagman 5 years ago

      am so very happy because of someone like_____am stading for my love life

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      shilpa 5 years ago

      taj is beautiful

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      Desiree 6 years ago

      I HATE THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO DISENCOURAGE OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY HAVE THEIR HOPES UP HIGH AND FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW JACK ABOUT INDIA OR THE TAJ MAHAL AND FOR PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE WHAT THEY READ ABOUT THE TAJ MAHAL GO FOR IT BUT OTHERWISE GOOOOOO TAJ

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      Unmesh Waingankar 6 years ago

      It's in the heart of every Indian........

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      Prince Rafik 6 years ago

      Taj Mahal is a symbol of love. I L o v e Y o u. What does it mean?

      Love is a long word and has no ending, even after death its lives on. Love exists on our planet ever since the existence of mankind. To inherit such a gift is one of the biggest test human encountered. One, who has it, is a richest person in the universe.

      No commodities can match power of love. Nothing can replace it, other than LOVE.

      "You are more beautiful than Haven & Earth. You are born to be queen of the universe and I was born as Prince Of India. We have met thousands miles apart but there is something between us. I live it for you to search your own destiny as I have already chosen mine. "Prince Rafik.

      From

      Rafik.

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      symbol of love 6 years ago

      taj mahal is really a great symbol of love

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      sumit 6 years ago

      taj mahal

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      mery 6 years ago

      Nice i love it

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      Robelen Casas 6 years ago

      I love it. It is Really beautiful

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      khushi 6 years ago

      i love taj

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      khushi 7 years ago

      THE SYMBOL OF LOVE

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      dnrkrishnan25 7 years ago

      Taj = Real Love...

      Thanks for sharing....Love

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      A beautiful series of photos on this hub of the Taj Mahal - one of the wonders that are on my must see list.

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      Riya Garg 7 years ago

      Taj is raelly a symbol of true love.........

      i love taj

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      chikku 7 years ago

      it is a true symbol of 'LUV'.

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      DR.kk 8 years ago

      its not only symbole of love but always says that some one is still alive and be forever

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      khushboo 8 years ago

      it is true symbol of love

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      myslykemeeh 8 years ago from Canada

      i wannaaaa go and seeeee that Taj Mahal...

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      rangadega 8 years ago

      iam very like this tajmahal

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      sun goddess 8 years ago from davao city, philippines

      magnificent... I'd love to visit India some time... it's the culture, the beautiful people and the taj mahal that gets me wide eyed and excited when i think of india... my dad was lucky enough to go there on a business trip...

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      dweeja 9 years ago

      hi!nice to see you doing all this hard work for the TAJMAHAL.im nine and got enough information for writing my project and thanks for voting for theTAJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TAJ MAHAL.......ZINDABAD!yeah!hurrah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 9 years ago from Tumkur

      Hi Sunny, While i appreciate pains taken by you in preparing this article, I wish to express some points:

      1 Article needs some corrections.Year of death of Shahajahan is perhaps wrong.

       2  The sentence-'love lasted for three years...........She died while giving birth to 14th child ' is sementically incorrect.

        3.                I have visited Taj thrice.I enjoy its beauty.But I can not accept it as the most beautiful construction in India with my extensive touring experience in the country. Taj looks so magnificient for the simple reason that it is built on an elevated platform with white marble aganist  the background of vast blue sky.There is nothing in the vicinity( and it is not possible to create one such) that can cut the undisturbed skyline.That is not there for any other medieval muslim building in India.That is mainly responsible, along with white marble, for the glory of Taj.And, to couple it-there is great propaganda.

       4.         In architectural design, taj is deffinetely not great.There are other muslim memorials with the same plan.

         5.             There is sad story behind occupying the land area where the taj is built.Have you read the book'TAJ MAHAL IS A HINDU PALACE' BY PROF. P. N .OAK?Though we can not accept all its contents, some evidences given by him can not be denied.

        6.     It is unwise to believe that marble for taj was brought from Tibet.While Rajasthan is supplying good quality of marble to the whole of India even today , what foolishness it is to go for that to Tibet? More over, whether good marble is available there?I doubt it.

        7      In my opinion-Rishabh Dev Mandir at Ranakpur (near Udaipur) in Rajasthan,should get the credit of 'most wonderful and beautiful structure' in India.Next to that-Kailasnath termple at Ellora should get the credit.

                      I hope I have not discouraged you.

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      Pervaze ahanger 9 years ago

      Taj is a wonder

      and is really to be voted

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      chhote  9 years ago

      Finally , humara Taj hai sabke sir ka Taj.

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      SunSeven 9 years ago from Singapore / India

      Finally, Taj Has made to the list. Thank you for all the people who has voted for Taj mahal.

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      U Patel 9 years ago

      Vote for TAJ guys dont let it go

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      pooja 9 years ago

      its deserves the 7 wonder of the world

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      urvi 9 years ago

      i'm voting for taj because it's a symbol of love and its in india

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      immu 9 years ago

      on seeing this . i wan to love somebody.

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      karthi 9 years ago

      i love taj mahal.......... it not only symbol of love, it is soul of lovers.............

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      pawan 9 years ago

      I like TAJ MAHAL it's love symbol.

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      fasahate munaf 9 years ago

      it si really beautiful

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      prema 9 years ago

      it is the heart of India we love to see that again and again

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      james 9 years ago

      really the taj was an amazing thing who build on this earht

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      jaimon 9 years ago

      Proud to be an Indian

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      sai krishna 9 years ago

      it is one of the gratest wonder

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      jothikumar 9 years ago

      symbol of love

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      Prabir Adak 9 years ago

      We love u TAJ

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      Nidhi 9 years ago

      A place of Love, a place of worship, a place of sacrifies, a place of dedication, a place of peace, a place of responsibility, a place only in this world is MY TAJ in India. NK, usa

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      chandra prakash joshi 9 years ago

      i love you taj i lick you

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      Ila chokshi 9 years ago

      ITS A SYSMBOL OF TTRUE LOVE. WHEN WE SEE THAT WE HAS SOME NICE FEELINGS IN OUR HEARTS BECAUSE LOV E IN OUR BLOOD. SO I LOVE TAJ VERY MUCH

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      S. Ramagupta 9 years ago

      Every country having similar conditions like India, but they don' t have Taj Mahal. That is India' s Pride.

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      S. Siva Subramaniam 9 years ago

      Taj Mahal is a place of beauty and symbol of love

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      wilson dsouza 9 years ago

      Taj is pride of india .Asign of love so i request every one to give there votes.VOTE FOR TAJ

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      Brinda Bhankharia 9 years ago

      Taj mahal is a sign of eternal love.No place in the world is so beautiful which resembles love.So vote for taj.

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      sweta  9 years ago

      ITS A REQUEST TO EVERY ONE PLZ VOTE FOR TAJ AND MAKE OUR TAJ AND OUR COUNTRY "SPECIAL" IN THE WORLD. "TAJ" DESERVE FOR THIS HONOR. i AM GRATEFUL TO VOTE FOR TAJ AND TO BE A PART OF IT.

      " THE TRUE SYMBOL OF LOVE AND PIECE "

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      kalyaan 9 years ago

      all the best taj mahal

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      meher_kumar 9 years ago

      I luv it becz it is the symbol of luve

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      V.Vijay Kumar 9 years ago

      Taj mahal the symbol of love

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      sravan kumar paniharam 9 years ago

      Taj is great throughout world forever.

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      Jeruganti Mahesh 9 years ago

      Taj mahal is an extraordinary artful construction and it is the eternal symbol of love.Every person,especially lovers will feel the beauty of TAJ MAHAL & its location. If TAJ is removed from the list of 7 wonders they r not having the atristic mind.

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      Prabha 9 years ago

      VOTE 4 our TAJ MAHAL

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      SUJJU 9 years ago

      Hi Friends; We r indians so we vote for our wonder TAJ

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      jayatri 9 years ago

      HI my dear friends taj is a symbol of love so pls pls vote our TAJ

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      Fatema 9 years ago

      We dont need a specific reason to make TAJ a world Monument.........TAJ speaks for itself

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      Surya Singh 9 years ago

      i'm voting coz its the symbol of love... and the reson being is that we have its unique all over the world...it should be in 2nd or 3rd positin in the world...

      Surya

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      bijoy 9 years ago

      i vote for the the best passion for love of shajahan it one of the wonders of the world

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      nitu 9 years ago

      im voting to *TAJ* bcoz its best and amazing. its a symbol of LOVE

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      supratim mitra 9 years ago

      one and only peacemaker in the world

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      bala 9 years ago

      tajmahal is the amazing one, we cant built this type of palaces now .its the symbol of love

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      karan varma  9 years ago

      this vote for taj i love u taj

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      Braj Mohan 9 years ago

      i love taj and this is my vote for taj i love u taj

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      Deepak garg 9 years ago

      hi guys, i am doing a humble request from all indians please do vote for tajmahal because it is our wonder. i love it very much very very much

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      Viju 9 years ago

      Real Love Never die's

      Taj Mahal is a memory of true love (story), it is not a story, But it's a memory of two Hearts, which is still beating,

      So if u guys have heart, plz vote for "TAJ MAHAL" to continue the loving heart beat for million of years

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      sunil kudikala 9 years ago

      nothng can stand in front of TAJMAHAL.1ST PLACE 4 TAJMAHAL

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      sunil kudikala 9 years ago

      nothng can stand in front of TAJMAHAL.1ST PLACE 4 TAJMAHAL

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      Nasreen 9 years ago

      Jo baat tujh me hai

      teri tasveer me bhi kuch kuch hai

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      prateesh kumar 9 years ago

      TAJ IS THE SYMBOL OF ETERNAL LOVE AND SACRIFICE

      THE EFFORT PUT TO BUILD MUST NOT GO IN VAIN

      SO DO VOTE FOR IT

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      NITIN 9 years ago

      I AM VOTING FOR TAJ BCOZ " PRIDE OF INDA" SYMBOL OF "LOVE " & SHOWS THE CRAFTMENSHIP BY INDIANS

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      nitin 9 years ago

      taj is the soul of india and the world

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      sonia 9 years ago

      east or west india's taj is the best.

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      Rishabh Mehta 9 years ago

      Taj Mahal is the symbol of India

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      SUGANDHA 9 years ago

      i m voting coz it symbolises love and this world is in need of true luv.

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      SUGANDHA 9 years ago

      i m voting coz it symbolises love and this world is in need of true luv.

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      firoz iqbal khan 9 years ago

      voting bcoz this is what the world needs today : love

      my vote for the symbol of love : The Taj Mahal

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      rahul 9 years ago

      i like taj

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      Praful KD 9 years ago

      I am voting for TAJ MAHAL because it is symbol of Love & love can change the things happen. Each any every impossible things can be change in to possible through LOVE.

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      ranjan vasa 9 years ago

      I am votiing for Taj Mahal sholud be in 7 wonder of the world. My family and i went to see Taj Mahal it is pure love symbole. Taj Mahal is heart of India.

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      satheesh kumar 9 years ago

      i m voting for Taj Mahal.

      i love taj Mahal

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      Chetan Yadav 9 years ago

      i love Taj Mahal.. just wana to say.. it.....

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      nikhil john 9 years ago

      taj=love

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      R.Kerrthana 9 years ago

      i love taj

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      EKTA JAIWAL 9 years ago

      THIS IS WHAT MAY BE ... SHAHJAHE HAD SAID TO HIS BELOVING WIFE (HIS LOVE).........

      Love Don't Ask " Who Are You?" Love Only Says " You Are Mine !" "People need love the most when they deserve it the least."

      Love Don't Ask " Where Are You From?" Love Only Says " You Lives In My Heart !" "When you wake up in the morning, kiss your loved one on the forehead and wish them a good day."

      Love Don't Ask " what Do You Do?" Love Only Says " You Make My Heart To Beat !" "Love from one side hurts, but love from two sides heals."

      Love Don't Ask " Why Are You Faraway?" Love Only Says " You Are Always With Me !""I would give up everything for one moment with you;For one moment is better than a lifetime of never knowing you."

      Love Don't Ask " Do You Love Me?" Love Only Says ...I LOVE U

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      suhani 9 years ago

      i m voting for Taj Mahal.

      Its the heart of india n i think it shld be counted in 7 wounders.bcoz its a symbol of love.Thanks a lot to give the chance to me.Taj mahal has the unmatched beauty grandure and elegance which makes it unique in the world

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      Yagyanand Goswami 9 years ago

      Taj is the best.]

      Taj is so beautiful.

      Taj Hamari Shan hai.

      I Love Taj

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      krishan gaur  9 years ago

      Taj Mahal symbolises India. It is a beautiful monument representing love and passion. history of love

      Becoz its symbol of Pure Love, who make true love with others. Thanks a lot to give the chance to me.Taj mahal has the unmatched beauty grandure and elegance which makes it unique in the world. its colour white symbolises the purity of white love. everyone know about white clour the symbol of true love

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      ketki 9 years ago

      “A symbol of pure love and divinity in an enchanting architectural magnificence ”

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      kuntal 9 years ago

      Love the Legacy, Love Our History, Love the Taj Mahal”the greatest symbol of - Love & Passion!

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      netravati 9 years ago

      vote for tajmahal

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      veer  9 years ago

      its the love symbol its the dimond to be shown to the world frm india

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      Arjun 9 years ago

      taj

      taj wah cheej hai jo kisi ke paas nahi hai balki subke dil mai hai taj. taj humesh ek jagah par hi rahega taj ki barabari kabhi bhi koi nahi kar sakta hai

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      Mansi 9 years ago

      the simble of love

      I Love You Taj

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      Man 9 years ago

      Taj Is the great mai taj ke bina rah sakta hu

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      Devendra Singh 9 years ago

      memory of true love story

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      Anil Kumar Thapa 9 years ago

      This is symbol of true love.

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      Atheodore 9 years ago

      I Love Taj Mahal. Becoz its symbol of Pure Love, who make true love with others. I am very happy to put vote. Thanks a lot to give the chance to me.Taj mahal has the unmatched beauty grandure and elegance which makes it unique in the world.its colour white symbolises the purity of love.

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      Atheodore 9 years ago

      I Love Taj Mahal. Becoz its symbol of Pure Love, who make true love with others. I am very happy to put vote. Thanks a lot to give the chance to me.Taj mahal has the unmatched beauty grandure and elegance which makes it unique in the world.its colour white symbolises the purity of love.

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      huma 9 years ago

      taj mahal has the unmatched beauty grandure and elegance which makes it unique in the world.its colour white symbolises the purity of love.

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      gyanendra prakash 9 years ago

      taj means the head, so the tajmahal is really top of seven wonders.without the taj there is no wonder. so i vote for taj.

      thanks and regards

      gyanendra

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      Sunny 9 years ago

      Though I have not been to Agra to see it but the photographs are enough to describe its beauty. There are no words for it!

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      bhawesh 9 years ago

      REALLY TAJ IS GREAT WONDER OF WORLD.

      I LOVE TAJ MAHAL.

      I AM VOTE FOR TAJ .

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      SANJAY 9 years ago

      i feel Taj is really a great symbol of internal love.

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      kishore 9 years ago

      it is very wonderful.

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      suresh 9 years ago

      Wow I have voted.. thanks for writing this post.

      I'm extremely happy to have found this page through rambhai.com.

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      onkar nath chopra 9 years ago

      I m voteing for taj coz its our countrys heart and we love it, i think if it will not count in 7 wonders then there were no mean for 7 wonders , so i m voting for taj.

      love u taj

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