India is known to have witnessed some of the greatest romances in history. Here are some real-life love stories that will make you believe in love all over again.
Taj Mahal itself symbolizes the eternal love between Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It’s believed to have immortalized their love. After marriage, she was given the title Mumtaz Mahal, which meant “the chosen one for the palace.”
Although she was his third wife, she was rightfully considered the love of his life. They were never apart and shared a great bond of love. She gave birth to his 13 children but died while conceiving the 14th. In her memories, Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal to act as her tomb.
A Punjabi folk tale, Heer Ranjha, is a love story — incomplete and tragic. Ranjha, a flute player, wandered around until he got a job as a cattle raiser in Heer’s village. They fell in love and started a secret affair. But soon people found out, and Ranjha was made to leave the village.
Heer was married off to Saida Khera. Some years later, Ranjha came back, and they reunited. On their wedding day, Heer’s uncle poisoned her food. It killed her, and Ranjha consumed the poisoned food due to his undying love for her and died alongside.
Peshwa Baji Rao, one of the great Maratha ruler, married Mastani, who was the daughter of Bundela king and half-Muslim. She was his second wife, after Kashibai. His family did not accept their marriage because of Mastani’s Muslim heritage. They fought against all the odds of society. She also gave birth to his son, named Krishna Rao.
Soon Baji Rao was out for a battle; his mother imprisoned Mastani and tortured her for days. It was said their hearts were connected, so when Baji Rao died in the battle, grieve struck Mastani died too. It was said that she committed suicide out of her love for him.
Anarkali who dared to love the king’s son, Salim. She was a beautiful dancer in the king’s court and was looked down upon as a slave. However, Salim saw her for who she was and fell in love straight away. Knowing his father’s temper, Salim did everything to keep their love hidden.
Soon, King Akbar found out about this little affair. He asked Salim to end his illicit relationship. When Salim denied, he punished Anarkali and ordered her to be buried alive between the walls of the palace, where she died. Later, King Salim built a magnificent tomb where she was buried. An iconic love story indeed.
The relationship between Prithviraj and Samyukta was strained even before they fell in love. Both the kingdoms were soul enemies. When Sanyukta learned about his bravery and chivalry, she fell in love with him. But, Samyukta’s father, out of his hatred for Prithviraj, refused to recognize him as her suitable match.
The arrogant king even kept a statue of Prithvi as his doorman during her Swayamvara ceremony as a sign of humiliation. When she was asked to make a choice, she placed the garland across the statute. Prithviraj, who was hiding behind it, caught Samyukta and escaped. Later, when Mohammad Ghori defeated Prithviraj, Samyukta performed Jauhar and died too.
Both from different tribes, Mirza and Sahiba, grew up together and fell in love eventually. Sahiba was forced to marry someone else. She wrote letters to Mirza informing him about it and asking him to come back. Despite his family’s denial, he came to take Sahiba with him.
They eloped before the day of her marriage. Sahiba’s brothers found them and fought with him, killing him with a sword. On seeing this, Sahiba killed herself with the same sword. Like this, the lover united in folktales.
Potter’s daughter, Sohni, was married to another potter despite her love for a cattle herder, Mahiwal. But Sohni couldn’t keep away from him, and used to swam across the river to meet him. She didn’t know how to swim but managed somehow with an earthen pot.
When Sohni’s sister-in-law found, she yielded to her temper by replacing the baked earthen pot with an unbaked one. So, the next day, when Sohni went to meet her love, the unbaked pot dissolved in the water, and she drowned. Seeing this, Mahiwal jumped to save her, but he drowned too.