Mariam was the wife of great Mughal emperor Akbar and also gave birth to another Mughal emperor Jahangir. Her tomb is around 9 km from Agra City and around 1 km from Akbar's Tomb along the Agra to Delhi Highway.Mariam's Tomb is one of the few Mughal buildings where the front and the back looked identical[/caption]
Mariam's Tomb is just near the road but it is hidden from the view by trees. The secluded location makes this place too little known to tourists.
Heer Kunwari was a Rajput princess and the daughter of Raja Bharmal of Amer (Jaipur). She married Akbar the great in 1562 A.D she was conferred upon the title Mariam-uz-Zamani (Compassionate to the world) by Agra in 1569 at Fatehpur Sikri. She died at Agra in the year 1623 and was she was entered in a tomb built by her son Jahangir. She was buried close to her husband's tomb, according to her wish.
The red sandstone building is different from typical Mughal architecture; the front and the back of the building looked identical. The square tomb is surrounded by gardens on all sides. The tomb building is divided into 9 sections by corridors; the biggest one in the center, four smaller ones at the corners and four slightly rectangular sections in between.
The tomb building contains three tombstones; one at the mortuary chamber underground, one on the cenotaph of ground floor and one on the cenotaph of terrace. The building is aesthetically supported by four big chhatris on the four corners of the tomb building. The chhatris and chhaparkhats are both important part of building as the building is without a dome. This dome-less nature of the building is a unique style in the Mughal architecture.
Mariam was a Hindu and she remain a Hindu until her death.