Who killed Shah Jahan?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 5th, 2022

Although not directly, Aurangzeb's dethronement of his father in 1658 under the pretext of illness was responsible for Shah Jahan's death. Even though Shah Jahan recovered, Aurangzeb kept him behind bars until his demise in 1666.

Shah Jahan Assassination

  • Shah Jahan led his army skillfully.
  • He could force the Rajput state of Mewar, which Akbar had been unable to subdue, into submission while still a prince.
  • After that, Mewar joined the Mughal Empire as a vassal.
  • He had served as the administrator of Deccan, Bihar, Bengal, Gujarat, and Delhi as a prince before becoming king.
  • Shah Jahan strengthened his control after putting several of his former rivals-including, his brother Shahryar-to death and locking up many more.
  • There is always a struggle for control among brothers in the Mughal courts following the death of a king since the Mughal rules of succession do not follow primogeniture, which states that the eldest son succeeds the father.
  • Along with these and other architectural wonders, he also built the Shalimar Gardens, the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid in Delhi, the Pearl Mosque in Agra, and a few more structures in modern-day Pakistan.
  • He also created the renowned Peacock Throne.
  • Shah Jahan had several marriages, as was tradition.
  • Mumtaz Mahal, also known as Arjumand Banu Begum, was reportedly his favorite.
  • In 1631, when she gave birth and died, Shah Jahan was reportedly depressed.
  • Perhaps because he persuaded the Taj Mahal to be built in her honor, he is best known for this architectural achievement.

Summary:

Who killed Shah Jahan?

Aurangzeb's dethronement of his father killed Shah Jahan in 1658 under the excuse of illness. Aurangzeb imprisoned Shah Jahan until he died in 1666, even though he had recovered.

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