Mumtaz Mahal’s body was mummified before her temporary burial in Burhanpur where it remained preserved for nine year and later finally laid to rest at the Taj Mahal in Agra? This is the subject of a book “Taj Mahal ya Mummy Mahal?” written by Afsar Ahmad. Historical records say that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the builder of the world heritage monument Taj Mahal, had her body transported to Agra from Burhanpur, six months after her first burial. Her body remained buried in a ‘kachcha’ grave in the Taj Mahal complex for around 12 years and was then transferred to the main mausoleum.
He claims that her body was mummified. According to him, Mumtaz’s body was mummified in the supervision of Hakeem Alauddin Khan.
Shah Jahan built the 17th century Taj Mahal here in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz who died while giving birth to their 14th child in Burhanpur, a town in Madhya Pradesh.
“The real truth about Taj Mahal was suppressed. If the truth had been revealed when Taj Mahal was being built, it would have become almost impossible to construct the monument,” Ahmad said.
The journalist-turned-writer has also disclosed in the book what he claims are several unknown facts related to Mumtaz’s death.
The book has details about Mumtaz’s death and her last few days and details of the mummification of her body.
The book has been published by Evoco Networks.