15 Interesting Facts About Aurangzeb
In the context of Indian history, people like the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, are reviled to a different degree. In fact, he is one of the “bad boys” of history. And the reasons for this condemnation are many. But, other than this vituperation of Aurangzeb, there are some facts which need to be understood by the people at large. And in this article we will talk about some of the interesting facts related to the infamous Mughal Badshah, Aurangzeb.
Facts about Aurangzeb
1. Aurangzeb was born on November 3, 1618, in Dohad, Gujarat, during the reign of his grandfather, the fourth Mughal Badshah, Jahangir.
2. There were two coronation ceremonies for Aurangzeb the Alamgir.The first one was in 1658, and the second one in 1659.
3. To ascend to the Mughal throne, Aurangzeb had executed two of his brothers (Dara Shukoh and Murad), driven the third (Shah Shuja) out of India to Burma, and imprisoned his father and the fifth Mughal King, Shahjahan, in Agra’s Red Fort.
4. Aurangzeb had three sisters: Jahanara, the elder sister; Roshanara, the middle sister; and Gauharara, the youngest. And in the battle of succession, Roshanara backed Aurangzeb.
5. Aurangzeb ruled Hindustan for forty-nine years until his death in 1707, over a population of 150 million people.
6. As the sixth ruler of the Mughal Empire, Aurangzeb named himself the “Seizer of the World” (Alamgir).
7. Raja Raghunatha was one of Aurangzeb’s most cherished state officers. He appointed Raghunatha as his diwani, the chief finance minister of the empire.
8. The 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was executed in 1675 on the orders of Aurangzeb.
9. Sambhaji Maharaj, the son of the Maratha King, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was brutally tortured to death by Aurangzeb in 1689.
10. Aurangzeb had four sons by the names of Azam, Kam Baksh, Prince Akbar, and Muazzam.
11. Aurangzeb erected a monumental tomb in Aurangabad for his first wife, Dilras Banu Begum, by the name of Bibi ka Maqbara (Queen’s Tomb).
12. The famous Badshahi Masjid in Lahore was built on the orders of Aurangzeb.
13. Prince Akbar rebelled against Aurangzeb. He declared himself emperor in 1681. But, in 1687, Aurangzeb drove his son out of India, and Prince Akbar escaped to Persia, where he died in 1704.
14. The kings, such as Charles II of England, Louis XIV of France, and Sultan Suleiman II of the Ottoman Empire, were the contemporaries of Aurangzeb.
15. Aurangzeb Alamgir’s grave is located within the Chishti Sufi shrine of Zaynuddin Shirazi in Khuldabad.
I hope you like these facts about the notorious Mughal Badshah, Aurangzeb the Alamgir. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.
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