Jahandar Shah

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Jahandar Shah
Jahandar Shah, Mughal Emperor..jpg
Flag of the Mughal Empire (triangular).svg 8th Mughal Emperor of India
Reign 27 February 1712 – 11 February 1713
Coronation 29 March 1712 at Lahore
Predecessor Bahadur Shah I
Successor Farrukhsiyar
Spouse Anup Bai
Saidat-un-Nisa Begum
Imtiaz Mahal Begum
Lal Kunwar
Jina Begum
Issue Muhammad Azhar-ud-Din Bahadur
A'az-ud-Din Wali Ahd Bahadur
Muhammad Aziz-ud-Din Bahadur Alamgir II
Izz-ud-Din Bahadur
Said-un-Nisa Begum
Iffat Ara Begum
Rabi Begum
Full name
Mu'izz-ud-Din Jahandar Shah Bahadur
House Timurid
Dynasty Timurid
Father Bahadur Shah I
Mother Nizam Bai
Born (1661-05-09)9 May 1661
Deccan, Mughal Empire
Died 12 February 1713(1713-02-12) (aged 51)
Delhi, Mughal Empire
Burial Humayun's Tomb
Religion Islam

Jahandar Shah (10 May 1661 – 12 February 1713) was a Mughal Emperor who ruled India for a brief period in 1712–1713. His title was Shahanshah-i-Ghazi Abu'l Fath Mu'izz-ud-Din Muhammad Jahandar Shah Sahib-i-Quran Padshah-i-Jahan (Khuld Aramgah).

Early life[edit]

Jahandar Shah was born on 10 May 1664, a son of the emperor Bahadur Shah I. Upon the death of their father on 27 February 1712, he and his brother Azim-ush-Shan both declared themselves emperor and conducted a struggle for the succession. Azim-us-Shan was killed on 17 March 1712 and Jahandar Shah was able to rule for a further eleven months. Before coming to the throne, Jahandar Shah had sailed around the Indian ocean, and had been a very prosperous trader, and was later appointed Subedar of Sindh. He was the father of three sons, including Aziz-ud-Din who reigned as Mughal emperor between 1754 and 1759.

Reign[edit]

Lal Kunwar

Jahandar Shah, was very frivolous in lifestyle, his court was enlivened by dancing and entertainment. He chose a favorite wife, Lal Kunwar, before her elevation to the position of Queen Consort, she was a mere dancing girl. Together they shocked the Mughal Empire and were even opposed by Aurangzeb's surviving daughter Zinat-un-Nissa.

His authority was rejected by the third Nawab of the Carnatic Muhammed Saadatullah Khan I, who killed De Singh of Orchha, mainly because the Nawab believed that he was the righteous commander of the Gingee Fort, and began a smear campaign referring to Jahandar Shah as an usurper to the Mughal throne. To further strengthen his authority Jahandar Shah sent gifts to the Ottoman Sultan Ahmad III.[1]

Death[edit]

Silver coin issued from Shahjahanabad, during the reign of Jahandar Shah.

He was defeated in the battle at Agra on 10 January 1713 by Farrukhsiyar, his nephew and the second son of Azim-ush-Shan, with the support of the Syed Brothers. He fled to Delhi, from where he was captured and handed over to the new Emperor, who confined him along with Lal Kunwar. He lived in confinement for a month, until 11 February 1713, when professional stranglers were sent to murder him.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Bahadur Shah I
Mughal Emperor
1712–1713
Succeeded by
Farrukhsiyar

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