Neku Siyar

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Nekusiyar
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Niku Siyyar
Titular Mughal Emperor
Predecessor Shah Jahan II
Successor Mohammed Ibrahim
Full name
Muhammad Shah Nekusiyar Timur II Padshah Zaman
Father Sultan Muhammad Akbar
Mother Salima Banu Begum
Born before 6 October 1679
Died 12 April 1723 (aged 43)
Salimgarh, Delhi
Burial Maysoleum of Qutbiddin Kaki, Delhi
Religion Islam

Neku Siyar, or Nikusiyar Mohammed, was a claimaint to the throne of India. He had been in prison from 1681 to 1719 and initiated a war to seize the throne in 1719. He was son of rebel Muhammad Akbar, son of Aurangzeb and was brought up in a harem in Agra.

The local Minister Birbal (not the Birbal of Akbar's fame) used him as puppet and proclaimed him emperor, but since the prince had spent his life inside harem and talked like a catamite, he was laughingly ignored and again put in jail by the Syed Brothers.[1]

He died in 1723 at age of 43.[2]

War of Succession and fate[edit]

On 18 May 1719, the local governor of Agra; Birbal, brought out Prince Nekusiyar from his harem prison and, in order to enhance his own powers, proclaimed him Emperor of India at Agra Fort.

However, an ambition so grand just couldn't be accomplished, and the Syed Brothers defeated both Nekuseyar and Birbal by June and deposed both of them from their former posts.

Nekusiyar was arrested in 13 August 1719 and again placed in his old harem prison at Agra. However, soon after, he was shifted to Salimgarh in Delhi where he died on 12 April 1723 at the age of 43.

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