Bahlul Lodhi

The Lodi Dynasty was established by Bahlol Lodhi in 1451. He captured the throne of Delhi on April 19th 1451 with the title of “Bahlul Shah Ghazi”. His accession marked the suppression of Sayyad dynasty. Bahlul Lodhi died in Delhi on July 12th 1489 and was succeeded by his son Sikander lodhi.
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The Lodhi Dynasty came to power in India in 1451 under Bahlul Lodhi who at that time was the governor of Sirhind under Alaudin Alam of Sayyed Dynasty. It is said that Bahlul Lodhi acted wisely and took advantage of the weak position of Sayyed ruler’s further capturing Punjab before entering Delhi.

Conquests of Bahlul Lodhi

When he ascended the throne, the area of his kingdom expanded upto Palam and a couple of miles around Delhi. But the time he died at eighty years of age, his region reached out from Panipat to the boundaries of Bihar and included numerous imperative towns and urban communities. A piece of Rajasthan was additionally under him. Bahlul's most imperative triumph was that of the state of Jaunpur. This demonstrated his military abilities. It added to his assets and raised his distinction among nobles and different rulers.

A Sincere Muslim

As a ruler Bahlul was liberal in his general and religious viewpoint, who frequently offered Namaz. He stayed with the Ulemas, concentrated on Quran however he was not an extremist. He gave a few important designations to the Hindus. One exceptionally particular component of Bahlul was that he could be extremely liberal to the defeated army. An occurrence expresses that he once caught the wife of his adversary ruler Hussein Shah yet sent her back to her spouse decently. Dr. K.S. Lai's remarked on this as, "For a triumphant Muslim Sultan in medieval India, this treatment was special."

Modest Dealing with Afghan Nobles

Bahlul won the certainty, participation and appreciation of the Afghan nobles with his extremely genial conduct. He presented to them jagirs and high posts. He regarded them as companions and viewed himself as one of them. It is expressed that in an emergency, he would not hesitate to remove his turban from his head and request forgiveness from his Amirs saying, “If you think me unworthy of the situation I occupy, you can choose someone else.” It is said in regards to him that he personally attended the sick nobles. The Sultan avoided showing his superior status.

Lodhi’s rather plain tomb is a square chamber with arched openings on all sides, covered by five domes, the one in the centre being the largest.

Verses from the Quran are engraved on the arches of the tomb, but there are no other adornments. This simple tomb of Bahlul Lodhi lies near the tomb of famous Sufi saint Nasiruddin-Chirag-e-Delhi, which is located in Chirag Delhi, named after him.

Bahlul Lodhi achieved much for his dynasty and prepared the way further for his son and successor, Sikandar Lodhi. Bahlul Lodhi died in Delhi on July 12th 1489 and was succeeded by his son Sikander  lodhi.

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