Shahryar (Mughal prince)

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Shahryar, Mughal Prince
Shahriyar, Indian School of the 17th century AD.jpg
Spouse Ladli Begum
Issue Arzani Begum
House Timurid
Dynasty Timurid
Father Jahangir
Born 1605
Died January 23, 1628
Religion Islam

Prince Shahryar(شاهزاد شهريار) (died January 23, 1628) was the fifth and youngest son of the Mughal emperor Jahangir. After Jahangir's death, Shahryar made an attempt to become emperor, with the help of his powerful stepmother Nur Jehan, who was also his mother-in-law. However he suffered defeat and was killed at the orders of his victorious brother Shah Jahan.

Early life[edit]

Sheharyar was born a few months before his grandfather Akbar's death (in 1605) to one of Jahangir's royal concubine,whose name was Yasmina'.[1] In the 16th year of Jahangir's reign, Shahryar married Mehrunnisa's Daughter, also known as Ladli Begum, the daughter of his own step-mother Nur Jahan, by her first marriage to Sher Afghan. Shahryar and Ladli had a daughter Arzani Begum [2][3]

At Nur Jahan request, he was given the pargana of Dholpur and its fort from Jahangir which Prince Khurram wanted for himself. He appointed Daria Khan, an Afghan, as its in-charge. This led to a skirmish between Nur Jahan's appointed in-charge Sharifu-l-Mulk, who was a servant of both Shahryar and Daria Khan. Sharifu-l-Mulk arrived on the scene shortly, and tried to force himself into the fort. [4]

On October 13. 1625, Jahangir appointed Shahryar as Governor of Thatta. Sharif-ul Mulk carried out the administration as the Deputy of the Prince [5]

Ascension and death[edit]

After the death of his father Jahangir on October 28, 1627, Shahryar ascended to the Mughal throne, as Nur Jahan desired. Since he was in Lahore at the time, he immediately took over the royal treasury and distributed over 70 lac rupees amongst old and new noble men to secure his throne. Meanwhile, Mirza Baisinghar, son of the late Prince Daniyal, on the death of the Emperor, fled to Lahore, and joined Shahryar.

Soon, near Lahore, his forces met those of Asaf Khan (father of Mumtaz Mahal), who wanted his son in law Shah Jahan to ascend the throne, who has already proclaimed Dawar as the Emperor near Agra, as a stop-gap arrangement, to save the throne of Shah Jahan, in which Shahryar lost, fled into the fort, where the next morning he was presented in front of Dawar Baksh, who placed him in confinement and two-three days later he was blinded by Asaf Khan, thus bringing his short reign to a tragic end. It s said that he also had a form of leprosy due to which he had lost all his hair including his eyebrows and eyelashes.[6]

Like all Mughal princes, Shahryar too had training in poetry and after he was blinded towards the end of his life, he wrote a poignant verse titled, Bi Gu Kur Shud didah-i-Aftab [7] On the 2nd Jumada-l awwal, 1037 A.H., (1628), Shah Jahan ascended to the throne at Lahore, and on the 26th Jumada-l awwal, January 23, 1628, upon his orders, Dawar, his brother Garshasp, Shahryar, and Tahmuras and Hoshang, sons of the deceased Prince Daniyal, were all put to death by Asaf Khan.[8][9]

After his death, all the brothers of Shah Jahan were now dead, and he ruled the empire till 1658.

Asaf Khan, was made the prime minister of Mughal Empire, and Nur Jahan, with an annual pension of two lakh and spent the rest of her days, confined in her palace in Lahore, along with Ladli Begum, the widow of Shahryar.[10] Nur Jahan died in 1645 at age 68.[11]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Ref:Empire of the Moghul series:The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford.Page of the Palace
  2. ^ The Grandees of the Empire - Jahángír's children, Sultan Shahryar Ain-i-Akbari, by Abul Fazl, Volume I, Chpt. 30.
  3. ^ Ali Q Ain-i-Akbari, by Abul Fazl, Volume I, chpt. 310, "'Alí Q.'s daughter, who, like her mother, had the name of Mihrunnisa, was later married to Prince Shahryar, Jahangir's fifth son.".
  4. ^ Dholpur The Riyazu-s-Salatin (Gardens of the Sultans), a History of Bengal, by Ghulam Husain Salim ‘Zayadpuri’. 1787-8.
  5. ^ Shahryar Governor The Calligraphers of Thatta By Muhammad Abdul Ghafur, 1968, Pakistan-Iran Cultural Association. Page 18.
  6. ^ Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, By Asiatic Society of Bengal, Asiatic Society (Calcutta, India). Published 1868. p 218.
  7. ^ Dictionary of Indo-Persian Literature, by Nabi Hadi, page 554.
  8. ^ Death of the Emperor (Jahangir) The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians. The Muhammadan Period, Sir H. M. Elliot, London, 1867–1877, Vol 6.
  9. ^ Shahryar Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India, by Ellison Banks Findly, Oxford University Press US, page 275-282, 284, "23 January...".
  10. ^ Noor Jahan University of Alberta.
  11. ^ Shah Jahan