Following the death of Akbar in 1605, Salim sat on the throne by the name of Nuruddin Jahangir. Unlike his father, he was indolent and self indulgent. He had a hand in the murder of Abul Fazal, a very close aid of Akbar. He sat on the throne at the age of 37 years and was able to control his bad habits under the influence of his beautiful and talented wife Nur Jahan.
Birth of Salim
Prince Salim was born to Akbar due to the blessing of the holy man Salim Chisti. Salim Chisti was one of the descendents of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer. Akbar named his son Salim with due respect to the holy saint.
Highlights of Jahangir’s rule are as following:
• Jahangir was instrumental in restoration of the Mohammaden faith and Hijra Chronology (on coins).
• However, he showed tolerance towards Hindus. He continued the matrimonial policy of his father to marry Rajput princesses.
The Justice Bell
He was believed to be a just king. He had attached a chain and bell to the gate of his palace in Agra to redress the grievance of the people.
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