Princess Esra

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HEH Princess Esra
Her Exalted Highness Princess Esra of Hyderabad
Born1936 (age 81–82)
SpouseMukarram Jah
(1959-1974 divorced)
Full name
Esra Birgen

Princess Qhabl Begum Sahiba Esra Birgen (born 1936) is a princess belonging to the Asaf Jah Dynasty of Hyderabad state by marriage.[1] She was married to Prince Mukarram Jah.[2] Princess Esra is a princess by marriage not by birth.


Princess Esra is credited with the restoration of Chowmahalla Palace and Falaknuma Palace.[3]

She initiated a project for the royal palaces in August 2000. The restoration project for Chowmahalla Palace involved tasks ranging from stabilising the existing structural components to reconstitution of collapsed and dilapidated sections of the complex, restoration of external and internal spaces and of decorative elements and finishes.

Personal life[edit]

Princess Esra married Prince Mukkaram Jah in 1959. They were married for 15 years. They have a son Azmet (born 1962) and a daughter Shekhya (born 1964). She lives in London.


  1. ^ "Nizamian grandeur to Taj Falaknuma". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Esra to brandish Nizams' swords". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
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