Ghaseti Begum

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Ghaseti Begum
Spouse Nawazish Muhammad Khan Shahmat Jang
Full name
Meher-un-Nisa Begum
Dynasty Afshar
Father Ali Vardi Khan
Religion Islam

Mehar-un-nisa Begum, better known as Ghaseti Begum was the eldest daughter of Ali Vardi Khan, Nawab of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa during 1740-1758.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ghaseti Begum married her cousin, Nawazish Muhammad Khan Shahmat Jang, the Naib-Nazim of Dhaka.[1] Being childless, the couple adopted Ikramuddaula (or Ekram-ud-Daulah), the younger brother of Siraj ud-Daulah. But Ikramuddaula died of young age in small pox.[1] Soon after Nawazish Muhammad also died from grief.[1] Ghaseti Begum inherited vast wealth from her husband.

Conspiracy against Siraj ud-Daulah[edit]

After the death of Nawab Ali Vardi Khan, Ghaseti Begum tried to enthrone Shawkat Jang, the son of her second sister.[1] But Siraj ud-Daulah managed to ascend to the power of Bengal. Eventually she secretly conspired against him with the help of Mir Jafar, the chief of Ali Vardi Khan's army, along with the merchants Umi Chand and Jagat Seth.


After the fall of Siraj ud-Daulah in the Battle of Plassey in 1757, Ghaseti was imprisoned in the Jinjira Palace by Mir Jafar. But sensing danger, Miran, son of Mir Jafar, moved Ghaseti to Murshidabad in 1760.[2] She was believed to have been drowned in the Buriganga River on the way by order of Miron, the assassin of Siraj.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Iqbal, Shahriyar ZR (2012). "Ghaseti Begum". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ Murshidabad History
  3. ^ Rabbani, Golam (1997). Dhaka, from Mughal outpost to metropolis. University Press Ltd. p. 94. ISBN 978-984-05-1374-1. Retrieved 5 November 2012.