Khusru’s rebellion against Jahangir

Khusrau Mirza, the eldest son of Jahangir rebelled against Jahangir in 1606.
Created On: Aug 29, 2014 16:21 IST
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Khusrau Mirza, the eldest son of Jahangir rebelled against Jahangir in 1606. On the pretext of paying tribute to his dead grandfather Akbar left Agra for Sikandara accompanied by 350 men at horse. He was joined there by Hussain Beg. The joint forces then marched towards Lahore and led its siege.

It is important to note that he sought blessings of 5th Sikh Guru Arjun Dev at Taran Taran before laying the siege of Lahore. However, he was defeated by Mughal forces and captured. Later he was murdered by his half brother Khurram.

Jahangir’s Queens

Jahangir had innumerable wives but out of them three were prominent. The first one was Manbhawati Bai, the daughter of Bhagwan Das of Amber and the mother of the rebellious prince Khusrau Mirza.

Another Queen of Jahangir was Manmati who was a daughter of a raja of Jodhpur. She was the mother of Prince Khurram who later on succeeded Jahangir as Shah Jahan.

Nur Jahan

The third and the most famous king of Jahangir was Nur Jahan. Her real name was Mehr-un-Nisa. She was a widow of an Afghan named Sher Afghan Quli Khan. She was married to Jahangir in 1611.

She behaved like an actual ruler of Mughal empire when her husband fell ill because of too much drinking. She was so influential that the coins were also struck in her name.

Jahangir’s Succession

Jahangir had four sons namely Khusru, Pervez, Khurram and Shaharyar. Among them, Khurram was the most competent. He rebelled against Jahangir in 1623-24 when he tried to get independent sovereignty in Bihar and Bengal. However, he was defeated by Mughal egenral Mahabat Khan and was brought into submission.

When Jahangir died in 1627, Nurjahan tried to make Shaharyar the king. However, Shahjahan supported by his father –in-law Asaf Khan got Shaharyar murdered and sat on the throne with the name Shah Jahan.

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