Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar Shah

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Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar Shah
Nawab Wazir al-Mamalik of Awadh
Padshah-e Awadh, Shah-e Zaman
Ghazi-ud-Din Haider.jpg
अवध ध्वज.gif 7th Nawab Wazir of Oudh
Reign 11 July 1814 – 19 October 1818
Coronation 12 July 1814, Lucknow
Predecessor Yamin ad-Dowla Nazem al-Molk Sa`adat `Ali Khan II Bahadur
Successor Naser ad-Din Haydar Solayman Jah Shah
अवध ध्वज.gif 1st King of Oudh
Reign 19 October 1818 – 19 October 1827
Predecessor Yamin ad-Dowla Nazem al-Molk Sa`adat `Ali Khan II Bahadur
Successor Naser ad-Din Haydar Solayman Jah Shah
Born circa 1769
Died 19 October 1827
Full name
Ghazi ad-Din Rafa`at ad-Dowla Abu´l-Mozaffar Haydar Khan
House Nishapuri
Dynasty Oudh
Father Saadat Ali Khan II
Religion Shia Islam

Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar Shah (Hindi: ग़ाज़िउद्दीन हैदर शाह Urdu:غازی الدیں حیدر شاہ) (b. c. 1769 – d. 19 October 1827) was the last[1] nawab wazir of Oudh from 11 July 1814 to 19 October 1818[2] and first[1] King of Oudh from 19 October 1818 to 19 October 1827.[2][3][4]


'Ghazi-ud-Din Haider, King of Awadh, receiving Tribute'

He was the third son of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan and Mushir Zadi[5] was his mother. He became Nawab Wazir of Oudh on 11 July 1814 after the death of his father. In 1818, under the influence of Warren Hastings, the British Governor of the Presidency of Fort William (Bengal), he declared himself as the independent Padshah-i-Awadh (King of Oudh). He died in the Farhat Bakhsh palace in Lucknow in 1827. He was succeeded by his son Nasir-ud-Din Haider after his death.

Patron of art and culture[edit]

Chutter Manzil and the Royal Boat of Oude by Felice Beato
A Procession of Ghazi ud-Din Haider through Lucknow

Several monuments in Lucknow were constructed by Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar. He built the Chattar Manzil palace and added the Mubarak Manzil and the Shah Manzil in the Moti Mahal complex for better viewing of the animal fights. He also constructed the tombs of his parents, Sadat Ali Khan and Mushir Zadi Begum.[5] For his European wife, he constructed a European style building known as the Vilayati Bagh. Another creation, the Shah Najaf Imambara (1816), his mausoleum, on the bank of the Gomti is a copy of the fourth Caliph Ali's burial place in Najaf, Iraq. His three wives, Sarfaraz Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and Mumtaz Mahal were also buried here.

Ghazi-ud-Din first appointed a British artist, Robert Home (1752–1834) as his court artist and after his retirement in 1828, he appointed another Briton, George Duncan Beechey (1798–1852) as his court artist. In 1815, Raja Ratan Singh (1782–1851), a noted astronomer, poet and scholar of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Sanskrit and English joined his court. Because of his initiative, a royal litho printing press in Lucknow was set up in 1821 and the Haft Qulzum, a dictionary and grammar of the Persian language in two volumes was published from this press in the same year.

Coins of Ghazi-ud-Din[edit]

After declaring himself as King, Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar Shah issued coins on his name instead of the Mughal emperor, Shah Alam II from AH 1234 (1818). His coins were completely different from his predecessors. The most important feature of his coinage was the introduction of his coat of arms on the reverse of coin, consisting of two fish facing each other, two tigers each holding a pennon for support and a Katar (a small dagger) surmounted by a crown symbolizing the king.[6]



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Preceded by
Yamin ad-Dowla Nazem al-Molk Sa`adat `Ali Khan II Bahadur
Nawab Wazir al-Mamalik of Oudh
11 Jul 1814 – 19 Oct 1818
Succeeded by
Preceded by
new creation
Padshah-e Oudh, Shah-e Zaman
19 Oct 1818 – 19 Oct 1827
Succeeded by
Naser ad-Din Haydar Solayman Jah Shah

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