"Akbar's Mausoleum, Sikandra" Sikandra Tip by Beefy_SAFC

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  Akbar's Mausoleum, Sikandra
by Beefy_SAFC

The mausoleum of the Mogul Emperor Akbar the Great, taking power in India at the age of 13 in 1560, is in Sikandra 10 km north west of Agra (completed in 1605 by Jahangir, his son and successor). Akbar was the most successful and most open minded of all the Muslim Moguls, forging an alliance with the Rajput Hindu rulers of Rajasthan that kept both in positions of power, marrying two Rajput princesses in the process. Akbar explained his dealing with the Hindus to more Orthodox Muslims by saying that the Hindus had no conception that they were on the wrong path and thus could not be punished for their beliefs. He even attempted to make a new religion based on a mix of Islam, Christianity, Brahmanism and Zoroastrianism (Dini-Ilahi); however, this was one area in which Akbar did not succeed - the orthodox Muslims were for starters a bit knarked at this.

The reign of Akbar (after the successful invasion by the last Timurid and first Mogul Barbur - originally from modern day Uzbekistan - and the interrupted reign of his successor Humayun) saw large growth and extension of Mogul power in India from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal from the Himalayas southward to the Godavari river. His rule also influenced how the Moguls ruled up to the time of the British Raj.

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  • Written Oct 28, 2007
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