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Important Points on Mughal Empire and Study Notes

  1. Babur
  2. Humayun
  3. Akbar
  4. Jahangir
  5. Shahjahan
  6. Aurangzeb

Here are some important notes and points on Mughal Empire for your various upcoming competition examinations. Mughals were the important kings of Delhi sultanate.

Babur: (1525 – 1530)

Babur became the sultan at the age of 12, after his father Sultan Umar Shaikh Mirza died. He was originally form Turki and his family belongs to Mughal. Daulat Khan Lodhi, Alam Khan and Rana Sanga invited Babur to attack India. He was descended of Timur form his father’s side and Chengiz Khan from his mother’s side.

In the first battle of Panipat, Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodhi on April 21, 1526 and established Mughal Dynasty. He also defeated Mewar king Ranga Sanga in 1527 and Chaneri king Medini Rai in 1828.

Babur wrote an autobiography called Tuzuk-i-Baburi in which he give excellent description of India. He died on 1530 and his tomb is at Kabul.

Some Important Battle won by Babur

 Year Against Place
 1527 Rana Sanga or Rana Pratap Sing of Mewar Khanwa
 1528 Medini Rai of Chanderi Chanderi
 1529 Muhammad Lodhi, Uncle of Ibrahim Lodhi Ghaghra

Humayun: 1530 – 1540)

Humayun was the son of Babur. He ascended the throne of Mughal Empire in 1530.

He defeated Sher Shah at the battle of Chausa in 1529. But in the battle of Kannauj/Bilgram in 1540, he escaped to Iran where he passed 12 years. After that he invaded India in 1555 and defeated his Afghans brothers and became ruler of India again.

Humayun succeeded in conquering the provinces of Gujarat and Malwa and remain successful to eliminate the threat of Bahadur Shah. However he failed to consolidate his power in western India.

Akbar: (1556 – 1605)

Akbar was the eldest son of Humayun. He was ascended the throne in 1556 at the age of 15. His took the title Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar. He defeated Hemu, the Hindu king of Muhammad of Muhammad Adil Shah in the second battle of panipat. After this war he occupied Delhi and Agra. His regent name was Bairam Khan. Akbar ended the regency and proceeded to conquer various important town like Gwalior, Ajmer and Jaunpur. He defeated Rana Pratap Singh in the battle of Haldighati in 1576. Akbar proclaimed a new religion ‘Din-i-Ilahi‘ in 1581 to revolt against the orthodoxy. Birbal was the first Hindu who followed this religion. Akbar built Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Lahore Fort and Allahabad Fort. He also made Humayun’s tomb at Delhi. He also abolished pilgrimage tax and Jizya practice from the social. he also introduced ‘Mansabdari system‘ to organize nobility as well as the army.

Navaratna or Nine Jewels of Akbar:

  1. Birbal – Administrator of nine Jewels

  2. Abul Fazl – Scholar and statesman.

  3. faizi –  Scholar, statesman, teacher and poet

  4. Tansen – Great musician.

  5. Todaram – finance Minister, Dahsala Bandobast

  6. Raja Man Singh – Mansabdar

  7. Bhawandas – Mansabdar

  8. Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana – Statesman, Hindi poet

  9. Mullah do piaza – Regarded his advice in high esteen.

Tulsidas who wrote Ramcharitmanas also contemporary to Akbar. He was buried at Sikandra near Agra after his death. He used Persian as an official language in India.

Jahangir: ( 1605 – 1627)

Jahangir was the eldest son of Akbar. His original name was Salim. He came to the throne after Akbar’s death in 1605. Captain Hawkins from East-India Company came to his court in 1608. Jahangir give him a title ‘English Khan‘. After that Sir Thomas Roe from England came to India and got permission to build port in Surat. He wrote his memories in ‘Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri‘ in Persian language.

Shahjahan: (1628 – 1658)

Shahjahan ascended the throne in 1628 and became popular for his good Deccan and foreign policies. He had to face revolts in Bundelkhand and Deccan in the very first year. He built Taj Mahal to perpetuate the memory of his wife Mumtaj. he built some magnificent structure such as Red Fort, Jama Masjid. Shahjahan’s last eight years of his life was very painful, as there was a brutal war among his four sons, Dara, Shuja, Aurangzeb and Murad. His reign considered the ‘Golden Age‘ of Mughal Empire.

Aurangzeb: (1658 – 1707)

Aurangzeb imprisoned Shahjahan and ascended the throne in 1658. He ruled for almost 50 years. During his reign, the Mughal Empire reached its territorial climax. His reign can be divided into two 25 years periods. During his first 25 years of rule, he ruled over the North India. At this time Maratha power under Shivaji emerged and were force of reckon with. Aurangzeb executed Guru Teg Bahadur, was the 9th Guru of Sikhs who refused to embrace Islam. During his reign, Aurangzeb ban on Sati custom, Hindu Festivals, Jharokha darshan, weighing of the emperor etc. He also reintroduced of Jizya.

The last Mughal king was Bahadur Shah-II who was made premise during 1867 revolts.

Important Titles given by Mughal Rulers

 Title To Whom Given Given By
 Jagat Guru Harivijay Suri Akbar
 Raj Davi Faizi Akbar
 Kavi Priya Faizi Akbar
 Guna Samudra Lal Khan Shahjahan
 Raj Kavi Kalim Shahjahan


Important Literature of Mughal Empire

 Books Author
 Tuzuk-i-Babari Babur
 Humayun Nama Gulbadan Begum
 Akbar Nama Abul Fazl
 Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri Jahangir
 Ain-i-Akbari Abul Fazl
 Shahjahan Namah Muhammad Salih


Mughal Buildings:

Babur: Build two mosques at Kabulibahg in Panipat and in Sambal.

Humayun: Founder of city Din Panah at Delhi, Jamali Mosque, Isa Khan Mosque at Delhi.

Akbar: Agra Fort, Fatheput Sikri at Agra.

Jahangir: Moti Masjid at Lahore, Shalimar Bagh at Srinagar.

Shahjahan: Taj Mahal, Moti Masjid at Agra, Jama Masjid, Red Fort at Delhi.

Aurangzeb: Moti Masjid at Delhi, Badshahi Mosque at Lahore, Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad.

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