Akbar was born almost 473 years ago and he was only 13 when he ascended the throne. He expanded the Mughal Dynasty in India under the regent, Bairam Khan. He was a true royal who had created a charming dynasty that exuded elegance and eccentricity from all way round. Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar was undoubtedly one of the greatest kings history has ever had.
On account of the Emperor’s 473rd birth anniversary, some interesting facts about the greatest ruler have been jotted down below.
- He was born as Abu’l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar.
- While growing up, he started learning the arts of hunting, fighting and running that made him a brave warrior.
- He, although liked the company of musicians, writers, painters and scholars, was a dyslexic by nature. He did not want to read and write.
- After his father’s death, Akbar was enthroned by Bairam Khan. He was proclaimed as Shahenshah. Bairam Khan ruled over the kingdom until Akbar became an adult.
- The firearms that were used during the time of Akbar were of superior quality.
- Because of his several achievements, he was nicknamed as ‘The Great’.
- Akbar had tremendous fascination towards several cultures and religions. He had more than 25 wives and most of them belonged to other religions.
- Jodha Bai, the Jaipur Princess was one of his notable wives.
- His court had 9 ministers who were known as the ‘Navaratnas’ or Nine gems.
- Abul Fazl, one of his nine jewels wrote the Akbarnama which means the ‘Book of Akbar’. It is an official biographical account of Akbar. Every vivid and detailed description of the Great Emperor has been mentioend in this book.
- It took almost seven years to complete the Akbarnama. The original manuscripts comprised of a wide array of paintings that supported the texts.
- He showed a liberal attitude towards every religion. In 1563 AD, Akbar cancelled the law of tax collection from the Hindu pilgrims that were collected whenever any Hindu visited the Holy places. This liberalism in his attitude helped him extend his territory to a great extent.
- He had an attack of dysentery which made him sick. After putting up a brave fight against the disease, he died on 27th October, 1605.
- The dead body of Akbar The Great was buried at a mausoleum in Agra.
These are some of the facts and information about the Great King- Akbar. If you read about the Mughal history in India, you will get to know more facts about the Ruler.