Bahadur Shah Zafar Died in Yangon Where he was Exiled

On this day in history (7th November, 1862), during the early hours of Friday, the last Timurid-Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar died at the age of 87 during his forceful exile in Rangoon, modern day Yangon, Burma. In a bid to ensure that Bahadur Shah Zafar’s resting place would not become a site of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Muslims, that would potentially incite another freedom struggle in the memory of the Emperor, the British hastily buried the deceased Emperor in a secret location.

Bahadur Shah Zafar Died in Yangoon

However by chance, in the year 1991, the burial site of the last Emperor was discovered, leading to the construction of a tomb to honour the last Emperor of Hindustan.Today, the resting site of Bahadur Shah Zafar is maintained as a Sufi derga, with locals visiting the tomb on a daily basis as Bahadur Shah Zafar was recognised as a Sufi Pir during his reign as Emperor of Hindustan.