LUCKNOW: In what could take away some of the romance and glamour of the Taj Mahal, a book released in Agra on Sunday evening claims that the body of Mumtaz Mahal, in whose memory the monument of love was built, was mummified before being finally laid to rest.
The book, titled Taj Mahal ya Mummy Mahal, is written by Afsar Ahmad and says that Mumtaz Mahal was first buried in Burhanpur and then her body was brought after six months to Agra where it was laid to rest in the Taj Mahal.
Even in the Taj Mahal, the body had remained in a “kachcha” (temporary) grave for almost 12 years after which it was shifted to the main mausoleum where it remains till date.
The author says that the body could be preserved for so long only because it had been mummified.
“The real truth about the 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,” he said.
Mughal emperor 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 journalist-turned-writer has also disclosed in the book several unknown facts related to the death of Mumtaz Mahal.
Taj Mahal ya Mummy Mahal has details about Mumtaz’s death and her last few days and details of the mummification of her body. – From Asian Age