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  • Writer's pictureKen Murray

Throwback Photo of the Day

Shelly and I were in India in October, 2014. One of our stops was Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal. There is a fort across the river from the Taj Mahal called the Red Fort of Agra. It was initially built in 1080, but the structure we saw dates back to the 1500's. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.

The fort's link to the Taj Mahal is interesting. The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658) to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. When Shah Jahan fell ill, his son overthrew him and imprisoned him in a room in the fort that overlooked the Taj Mahal. When he was on his deathbed, mirrors were placed on the walls so he could gaze at the Taj Mahal reflection, his favorite wife's tomb.

Here's a picture of Shelly and I in the Agra Fort overlooking the Taj Mahal.

Overlooking the Taj Mahal from the Red Fort of Agra

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