Who killed Shah Jahan?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Shah Jahan was imprisoned by Aurangzeb in the Agra Fort from July 1658 until his death in January 1666. Shah Jahan named his eldest son Dara Shikoh to succeed him because he was ill in September 1657. Following a succession crisis involving his three sons as a result of this nomination, Shah Jahan’s third son Aurangzeb was elected as the sixth emperor.

The deposition of Aurangzeb’s father from the throne in 1658 under the pretext of illness following his imprisonment was the direct cause of Shah Jahan’s death.

Shah Jahan was killed by?

Aurangzeb, the son of Shah Jahan, imprisoned him & was in a distant way responsible for his killing. He dethroned his father in 1658 citing his illness as one of the reasons. Despite his recovery, Aurangzeb did not release Shah Jahan until his death in 1666.

Shah Jahan skillfully led his army. He could subdue the Rajput state of Mewar, which Akbar had been unable to conquer while still a prince.

Life of Shah Jahan

As a prince, Shah Jahan was the administrator of Deccan, Bihar, Bengal, Gujarat, and Delhi before ascending to the throne. His hold on power was strengthened after he executed several former rivals, including his brother Shahryar, and imprisoned many more.

Following the death of a king, there is always a struggle for control among brothers in Mughal courts because Mughal succession rules do not follow primogeniture, which states that the eldest son succeeds the father.

  • He also built the Shalimar Gardens, the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid in Delhi, the Pearl Mosque in Agra, and a few other structures in modern-day Pakistan, in addition to these and other architectural marvels.
  • He also designed the well-known Peacock Throne.
  • As was customary, Shah Jahan married several times.
  • Mumtaz Mahal, also known as Arjumand Banu Begum, is said to have been his favorite.
  • Shah Jahan was reportedly depressed when she gave birth and died in 1631.
  • Perhaps he is best known for this architectural achievement because he persuaded the Taj Mahal to be built in her honor.


Who killed Shah Jahan?

In September 1657, Shah Jahan became ill and named his eldest son Dara Shikoh as his successor. This nomination led to a succession crisis among Shah Jahan’s three sons, with Shah Jahan’s third son Aurangzeb emerging victorious. Aurangzeb imprisoned his father Shah Jahan in the Agra Fort from July 1658 until his death in January 1666.

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