Monday, April 11, 2016

The Incredible, Tragic and Moving Love Story of Laila and Majnu

Laila was a beautiful girl born in a rich family. Being no less than a princess, she was expected to marry a wealthy boy and live in grandeur and splendour.

Inevitably, some might say, she fell in love with Majnu, a poor lad. Their passionate love for each other knew no bounds and as fate would have it, the two lovers were banished from seeing each other.

Laila's parents married her off to a wealthy boy and she lived in a big mansion. She couldn't bear the separation and committed suicide.

Majnu bereft and saddened by her death became insane and ultimately died on Laila's grave.

The star-crossed lovers immortalized their feeling of love for each other by giving away their lives in the name of love. Their agony is felt by many in their hearts even today, when the heart-rending saga of Laila and Majnu is narrated to them.

The story of Laila-Majnu has several variations. In India, it is believed that Laila and Majnu breathed their last in a village in Rajasthan, where they took refuge. Their graves are believed to be located in Bijnore village, near Anupgarh in the Sriganganagar district.

Another, a rural legend in the area holds that Laila and Majnu originally belonged to Sindh, from where they escaped to these parts of India and finally, died in the Indian territory.

Another variation of the romantic tale of Laila and Majnu pictures both the lovers meeting in school for the first time. Majnu is captivated by Laila's beauty and falls in love in her. He is beaten by the schoolteacher for being more attentive to Laila than studies. As their families learn about this, the lovers are separated.

However, they meet again when they grow older. Laila's brother Tabrez warns her against marrying Majnu. So deeply in love with Laila, Majnu murders Tabrez, and is arrested.

Laila is married off to some other man, who challenges Majnu to death as he gets to know Laila's inclination towards Majnu. While Majnu is killed by Laila's Husband, she kills herself on learning of Majnu's death.