Maham Anga was the wet nurse of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and often referred as his foster mother as she took care of young Akbar, as his own mother, Hamida Banu Begum was mostly away, with his father, Humayun was in exile, throughout Akbar’s growing years. She was the de-facto regent of the Mughal state after the exclusion of Bairam Khan in 1560 to Akbar’s assumption of full power in 1562, shortly before her death.
Maham Anga was the mother of Adham Khan, Akbar’s foster brother. Her tomb and that of her son, known as Adham Khan’s Tomb, was built by Akbar, and popularly named Bhul-Bhulaiyan, owing to the labyrinth in its structure, lies north of the Qutub Minar in Mehrauli.
She also built a mosque, ‘Khairul Manazil’ ca 1561 CE in Mughal architecture. It later served as a madarsa, and now stands opposite, Purana Qila, Delhi on Mathura Road, south east to Sher Shah Gate.