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Mumtaz Mahal

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Empress Mumtaz Mahal has rightly been called the vigor of Shahjahan's life, and the inspiration behind his greatest creation, the Taj Mahal. She is portrayed here in her most usual and widely accepted physiognomy and attire. Opinions vary as to her real likeness in absence of an authentic version of her person. She has, however, invariably been portrayed in her contemporary and subsequent portraits as having an oval face, large forehead, prominent eyes, a well defined neck, thin composed lips, a slanting, sharp nose, a shapely turning chin made out of receding cheeks, long arms terminating in fine long fingers and, above all, her usual semi halo like type crown studded with large rubies, emeralds, diamonds and a few sapphires. A half-sleeved open jacket over her jama and the flower in her hand are other distinguishing features.

The artist has further added to her personality the element of service by rendering in her hand a fan to suggest that the supreme lady of the empire was to her husband but a humble servant, always in service.

Mumtaz Mahal, or Arjumand Banu Begum, was born to Asaf Khan, brother of Empress NurJahan, who was a Mughal officer of high rank and the prime instrument behind the installation of Shahjahan on the Mughal throne. When eighteen, Mumtaz was married to Shahjahan, in the year 1612. This was just an year after her maternal aunt NurJahan was married to Emperor Jahangir, Shahjahan's father. Instigated by his grandfather Akbar, and assisted by several Mughal nobles, Shahajahan had been incessantly rebelling against his father, and was hence constantly on the run. Mumtaz Mahal, his beloved wife and the mother of his fourteen children, was during these adverse days his strength and his constant companion.

Mumtaz Mahal passed away at Burhanpur, in 1631, while giving birth to a child. She was cremated there, and only when the Taj Mahal was completed were her mortal remains shifted there.

Description by Dr. Daljeet.

Dr. Daljeet is Curator, National Mueseum of india, New Delhi.

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  • Why are you guys so rude like reply please grow up
    by Hannah Stinson on 6th Dec 2013
  • hey why in the world are ya\'ll so rude to each other!!!!
    by meeeee on 15th Mar 2011
  • Wasn't she a Persian Princess???
    by assal on 28th Aug 2009
  • she was not a hindu she was muslim. she was the niece of nur jahan. she was also the mother of auranzeb
    by easternprincess on 4th Jun 2009
  • IT is NOt taj it is Taj Mahal
    by Rani on 24th May 2009
  • SHE WAS A HINDU WOMAN WHO GOT CONVERTED TO ISLAM BECAUSE SHE LOVED A MUSLIM MAN SHE IS BURRIED IN TAJ MAHAL LEARN YOUR HISTORY AND BY THR WAY TAJ MAHAL IS NOT NAMED AFTER MUMTAJ IT IS JUST TAJ WHICH MEANS OF KING OR ROYALTY, TAJ REPESENTS CROWN AND CROWN IS ROYALTY OR KINGLY IN NATURE, GO TO SCHOOL AND LEARN SOMETHINGS.
    by SAM MOE on 25th Dec 2008
  • Hello!!!!!!!!!! Sarah,Muslims live in India too and the Mongul were Muslim so how the hell could Mumtaz be cremated? For once think
    by Nabila on 25th Nov 2008
  • shut up shvet just because u think ur rite dosent mean ur smart ok shut the ************* up u ugly thing
    by sarah on 1st Sep 2008
  • no she didn't get cremated you idiot, Muslims don't cremate and even if she did, there is a coffin there...explain that moron.
    by shvet on 24th Feb 2008
  • To Sharma,
    she got cremated in India! she HAD to be cremated duhhhh!
    by Jasmin on 1st Feb 2008
  • This article says that Mumtaz was cremated. That cannot be true! Muslims don't cremate!
    by Sharma on 15th May 2007
  • Kindly send me the review of mumtaz mahal
    by Syed Ahsan Ahmed on 16th Mar 2007
  • this is excellent, anything that i can find about this entire period of history regarding shahjahan and mumtaz mahal i thrive on
    by james oneal on 20th Aug 2006
  • Outstanding and very exquisite! Great artistry! A must see.
    by Angelica on 3rd Nov 2004
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