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28 - October - 1627    Jahangir, Mughal emperor died

Jodha Bai and Akbar’s eldest son, was named Salim after blessings of Sheikh Salim Chisti . – Revolted against Akbar in c.1599 CE . After Akbar’s death, he was crowned at Agra in c.1605 CE , and assumed the title of Nur-ud-din Muhammad Jahangir ( Conqueror of the World ). – In c.1611 CE , he married Mehrunnisa (widow of Sher Afghani). He gave her title of Nur Jahan ( Light of the World )

Wrote the Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri ( autobiography ) in Persian, in which he described his drinking habit. He also patronised valuable dictionary Farhang-i-Jahangiri . During his reign, Abdul Hamid Lahori wrote Padshah Namah and Khafi Khan wrote Muntakhab-i-Lubab . He also patronised many scholars like Ghiyas Beg, Naqib Khan, and Niamatullah.

Mughal painting reached its zenith under Jahangir. He employed a number of painters like Abul Hasan, Bishan Das (regarded as master of portraits ), Madhu, Anant, Manohar, Govardhan and Ustad Mansur ( specialist in animal painting ). The use of ‘Halo’ or ‘Divine lights’ behind king’s head started under him.

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