Jodhabai was the third wife of Akbar. Her real name was Hira Kunwari. The Muslim books recorded her name as Mariyam Zamani Begum. She was the eldest daughter of Raja Bharmal of Amber and aunt of famous king Raja Man Singh of Amer. She was married to Akbar in 1562.
Jodhabai was Akbar’s first and chief Rajput wife. She was also the mother of the next Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. She died in 1623.
In fact, she is the only wife of Akbar to be buried close to her, as per her last wish. She held the title of Wali Nimat Begam which literally means Gift of God.
Ruquaiyaa Begum was the first wife of Akbar who was childless. When Bairam Khan died on his way to pilgrimage, Akbar married his widow Salima Sultan.
Akbar allowed his wives to freely exercise her own faith whether it was Islam or Hinduism. His harem included almost 5000 wives of different races.
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