A Monument of Love
Voices of the past would like to share with you one of the world’s greatest love stories.
It a great love begain in 1612, when Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess, married Shah Jehan, also known as Prince Khurram. The Prince would ascend to the throne in 1628 and become the 5th Mughal emporer. You will soon learn why this love story is so important to our past as you continue reading.
The queen’s real name was Arjumand Banu. In keeping with the traditions of the Mughals, important women of the royal family were given another name when they married. Mumtaz was the Princes’ second wife but she was considered his ultimate love match. By all accounts, she and the emporer were soul mates. Mumtaz accompanied him throughout all of his travels and his military expeditions, and she was his most trusted political advisor.
As with any legendary love story, tragedy would lurk in their future. Mumtaz would die giving birth to their 14th child. This had affected the emporer so badly that his black hair turned snow white in just a matter of months. He was overcome with grief, and had vowed to keep his beloved wife’s memory alive forever.
The emporer had decided to build her a monument of eternal love. Mumtaz had endeared herself to the people with her kindness, and the emporer’s subjects were inspired to help build the monument.
BECAUSE OF THE LOVE OF ONE MAN FOR HIS WIFE WE NOW HAVE WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE TAJ MAHL.
Thank you for joining me for an inspiring love story to help you enjoy your Sunday.
Travel with Voices, past, present, and future to one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world.
The Giant’s Causeway is comprised of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. There are countless myths and legends that surround the Causeway, and that is where you will find your inspiration and intrigue for whatever venture you pose for the day.
Legend has it that Northern Ireland was once home to a giant named Finn McCool. Another giant named Benandonner, who resided across the Irish Sea in Scotland, threatened Ireland. The giant, Finn, retaliated by tearing great chunks of the Antrim castline and hurled them into the sea. By doing this, Finn created a new path, The Giant’s Causeway, and paved a route over the sea for Finn to reach Benandonner.
This was not such a great idea, as Benandonner was a massive giant, much bigger than Finn. Finn needed to save himself, so he retreated to Ireland and his quick-thinking wife disguised him as a baby.
Benandonner arrives, and finds this giant baby, Finn. Realisation hits Benandonner; if this mere baby is that big then the father must be far larger than Benandonner himself!
Benandonner rushes back to Scotland, tearing away as much of the Causeway as he can in haste to put as much distance between himself and Ireland.
THE MYTH OF THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY IS BORN!!!
THE SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION
This is a less fascinating explanation but the scientific approach dictates, the Giant’s Causeway was formed over 60 million years ago following a period of volcanic activity, where lava cooled and formeed these incredible interlocking basalt columns. Each of these columns is nearly a perfect hexagonal shape, providing us with a lasting reminder of the power of the world’s natural beauty.
No matter which you choose to believe, MYTH or SCIENTIFIC, the creation of this natural beauty makes for a fanastic story to built upon.
Thank you for traveling with Voices, past, present, and future to this natural world beauty, THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY!