Jamyang Namgyal

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Raja of Ladakh
Jamyang Namgyal
1595-1616 AD
Heir apparentSengge Namgyal
First monarchLhachen Bhagan
Last monarchKunga Namgyal II

Jamyang Namgyal (died 1616) was a 17th-century Namgyal dynasty King of Ladakh, India from 1595 till his death in 1616 AD. He was succeed by his son Sengge Namgyal in the year 1616 AD.


Jamyang Namgyal was born to and was the eldest son of Tsewang Namgyal (year of birth not known) who was the King of Ladakh from 1575 to 1595 AD.[1][2] Jamyang Namgyal took the reign of the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh in 1595 AD and continued to be in power until his death in 1616 AD.[2][3][4] Jamyang Namgyal was married to Gyal Khatun, the daughter of Ali Sher Khan Anchan who attacked Ladakh and imprisoned Namgyal.[5]

Battle with Ali Sher Khan Anchan[edit]

Jamyang Namgyal during his reign decided to support the Sultan of Chigtan and to capture Skardu. Namgyal's army was crossing the mountain passes towards Purig during the winter season where his troops disappeared due to violent storm. Ali Sher Khan Anchan's well trained army attacked Namgyal's army on the way and held them there until all the passes and valleys were blocked with snow; compelling Namgyal to surrender. Namgyal was imprisoned by Anchan in Skardu. Ali Sher Khan Anchan then attacked Ladakh, took control of the place, destroyed historical monuments and records.[3] After returning to Skardu, Ali Sher Khan asked Jamyang Namgyal to marry his daughter Gyal Khatun in exchange of his release. Namgyal married Ali's daughter and returned to Ladakh.[5]

See also[edit]

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Namgyal Gonpo
Raja of Ladakh
1595 – 1616
Succeeded by
Sengge Namgyal


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