Top 5 Stories of Indian Emperors

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On 27 January 1556, Humayun, with his arms full of books, was descending the staircase from his library when the muezzin announced the Adhan (the call to prayer). It was his habit, wherever he heard the summons, to bow his knee in holy reverence. Trying to kneel, he caught his foot in his robe, tumbled down several steps and hit his temple on a rugged stone edge. He died three days later.

2. Jehangir

son of Akbar, is believed to have poisoned his father, which slowly lead to Akbar’s degrading health and finally death. He also battled his own son, who was the rightful heir to the Mughal throne according to Akbar’s will. His son, Khusrau Mirza, was blinded as a punishment for going against his own father.

3. Aurangazeb

succeded Shah Jehan after a long battle with his brothers Dara Shikoh and Shuja. After a series of lost battles, Dara Shikoh was betrayed and brought to Delhi, placed on a filthy elephant and paraded through the streets of the capital in chains. He was assassinated by four of Aurangzeb’s henchmen in front of his terrified son on the night of 30 August 1659.

4. Genghis Khan

The blood line of Akbar the Great shows he is a direct descendant of Genghis Khan, which makes his attributes all the more interesting. Since, Genghis Khan was a ruthless conqueror from the Mongol steppes, who invaded most of the known world during his period. He was known to be the most fearsome warrior on the field, and his forces were the most dreaded nightmare of any army. Since Genghis Khan was a Turk, controversies surround the ethnicity of Akbar the Great.

5. Akbar The Great

It’s a well-known fact that Akbar the Great was highly tolerant to the faiths of other religions and supported the growth of other religious beliefs in his empire, unlike his predecessors. But the little known fact is that, Akbar wanted to go a step beyond than just being tolerant. He wanted to create a unified religion. He founded the Din-e-Ilahi, a religion based on the principles of Hinduism, Islam and Parsi Faiths. It attempted to bring together the faiths of various religions prevalent in that day and create a unified religious order. But since, it was ethically impossible and it had no holy-book or concrete base, it failed and was soon abolished.