General Awareness is one of the most important sections that are asked in a competitive exam. It can help a candidate in scoring maximum marks in a competitive exam in the least amount of time. Candidates does not need to perform the complex calculations to settle for the correct option so, it’s the best to be prepared with the facts and figures in advance so as to score to the maximum in this section. Today we are providing aspirants important notes on the Mughal Empire. The Mughal dynasty was founded by Bābur (reigned 1526–30). He was a Chagatai Turkic prince and was descended from the Turkic conqueror Timur (Tamerlane) on his father’s side and Genghis Khan, on his mother’s side. Let’s look at the Mughal Empire in detail.
|Name||Mughal Dynasty Or Mughal Empire|
|Period||1526- 1857 AD.|
|Language||Persian (Official Language), Zaban e Urdu e Mua’lla (language of the ruling classes, later given official status), Arabic (for religious ceremonies), Chagatai Turkic|
|Religion||Sunni Islam (Hanafi) (1526–1857), Din-i Ilahi (1582–1605)|
|Bahadur Shah I (also known as Muazzam/ShahAlam)||1707–1712|
|Muhammad Shah (also called Rangeela)||1719–1720; 1720–1748|
|Ahmad Shah Bahadur||1748–54|
|Shah Jahan III||1759|
|Shah Alam II||1759–1806|
|Akbar Shah II||1806–1837|
- Babur was born in 1483 in Fargana(Afganistan).
- He was the founder of the Mughal empire, who introduced gunpowder in India.
- Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodhi in the First Battle of Panipat (AD 1526)
- Defeated Rana Sanga (Sangram Singh) at Battle of Khanwa (AD 1527)
- Defeated Medini Rai of Chanderi at Battle of Chanderi (AD 1528)
- Defeated Mahmud Lodi at Battle of Ghagra (AD 1529). This was the last Battle fought by Babur.
- He wrote Tuzuk-i-Baburi (Autobiography of Babur) in the Turkish language.
- Babur declared Jehad and adopted the title, Ghazi(After the Khanva War)
- According to Tuzuk-i-Baburi, Babur Died in 1530 in Lahore and buried at Aram Bagh (Agra). Later his body was taken to Afghanistan (Kabul).
Humayun (AD 1530-1556)
- Humayun was the eldest son of Babur.
- Built Dinpanah at Delhi as his second capital.
- Sher Shah Suri gradually gained power. He fought two battles with Humayun – Battle of Chausa (AD 1539) and another Battle of Kannauj (AD 1540) culminating in Humayun’s defeat.
- Humayun passed 15 years in exile. He again invaded India in 1555 with the help of his officer Bairam Khan.
- Humayun died in AD 1556 due to a fall from his library building’s stairs.
- Gulbadan Begum, Humayun’s half-sister wrote Humayun-nama.
Akbar (AD 1556-1605)
- Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar popularly known as Akbar succeeded Humayun, under a regent, Bairam Khan, who helped the young emperor expand and consolidate Mughal domains in India.
- Considered to be one of the greatest rulers of all time.
- Defeated Hemu at the Second Battle of Panipat (AD 1556) with the help of Bairam Khan
- Conquered Malwa (AD 1561) defeating Baz Bahadur followed by Garh-Katanga (ruled by Rani Durgawati), Chittor (AD 1568), Ranthambhor and Kalinjar (AD 1569), Gujarat (AD 1572), Mewar (Battle of Haldighati, AD 1576 Akbar and Rana Pratap), Kashmir (AD 1586), Sindh (AD 1593) and Asirgarh (AD 1603).
- Buland Darwaza was constructed at Fatehpur Sikri after victory over Gujarat in AD 1572.
- Akbar married to Harkha Bai (also known as Jodha Bai), daughter of Rajput ruler Bharmal.
- Akbar abolished Jaziyah (AD 1564).
- He believed in Sulh-i-Kul (peace to all), built Ibadat Khana (Hall of prayer) at Fetehpur Sikri; issued ‘Degree of Infallibility (AD 1579); formulated religious order Din-i-Ilahi (AD 1582). Birbal was the first to embrace it.
- Land revenue system was called Todar Mal Bandobast or Zabti System measurement of land, classification of land and fixation of rent; and introduced Mansabdari System (holder of rank) to organise nobility and army.
- The Navratnas included Todar Mal, Abul Fazal, Faizi, Birbal, Tansen, Abdur Rahim Khana-i-Khana, Mullah-do-Pyaza, Raja Man Singh and Fakir Aziao-Din.
- Akbar died on 27 October 1605 due to dysentery. His body was buried at his mausoleum in Sikandra, Agra.
Jahangir (AD 1605-1627)
- Executed the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjun Dev.
- His greatest failure was the loss of Kandahar to Persia in AD 1622.
- Jahangir married Mehr-un-Nisa in AD 1611 and conferred the title of Nurjahan on her.
- He established Zanjir-i-Adal at Agra Fort for the seekers of royal justice.
- Captain Hawkins and Sir Thomas Roe visited his court.
Shahjahan (AD 1628-1658)
- Shahjahan had an insatiable passion for building
- Under his rule the Taj Mahal of Agra and the Jama Masjid of Delhi, among other monuments, were erected.
- His reign marked the cultural zenith of Mughal rule.
- His military expeditions brought the empire to the brink of bankruptcy.
- His sons commanded large armies on different fronts.
- During his reign the Marwari horse was introduced.
- Taj Mahal, the eternal love monument is located in Agra. Shah Jahan commissioned its construction as a mausoleum lor his favourite wife, Arjumancl Bano Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal, in 1631.
- A rebellion of the Sikhs led by Guru Hargobind took place. Shah Jahan ordered the destruction of the Sikh temple in Lahore.
Aurangzeb (Alamgir) (AD 1658-1707)
- Aurangzeb was the son of Mumtaz and Shahjahan
- Aurangzeb became victorious after the brutal war of succession among his brother Dara, Shuja and Murad.
- Rebellions during his rule – Jat Peasantry at Mathura, Satnami peasantry in Punjab and Bundelas in Bundelkhand.
- The annexation of Marwar in AD 1658 led to a serious rift between Rajput and Mughals after the death of Raja Jaswant Singh.
- Ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed by him in AD 1675.
- Mughal conquests reached territorial climax during his reign.
- It stretched from Kashmir in North to Jinji in South, from the Hindukush in West to Chittagong in East.
- He was called Darvesh or a Zinda Pir. He forbade Sati. Conquered Bijapur (AD 1686) and Golconda (AD 1687) and reimposed Jaziya in AD 1679.
- He built Biwi ka Makbara on the tomb of his queen Rabaud-Durrani at Aurangabad; Moti Masjid within Red Fort, Delhi; and the Jami or Badshahi Mosque at Lahore.
- Aurangzeb died in 1707 in Ahmednagar
Other Mughal Rulers
Bahadur Shah I (1707-12)
- Original name was Muazzam
- Title, Shah-e-Bekhabar.
- Promote friendly relationship with Marathas and Rajputs
Jahandar Shah (1712-13)
- He ascended the throne with the help of Zulfikar Khan (Wazir).
- Abolished Jijiya.
- A Prostitute “LAL KUAR” dominated in his court
- He lacked the ability and knowledge to rule independently.
- His reign saw the emergence of the Sayyid Brothers (known as king maker).
- Abdulla Khan-Wazir
- Hussain Ali-Senapati
- 1717-Issued Golden Farman to east India company for free trade
- Farrukhsiyar executed Banda Bahadur ( A Sikh leader)
Muhammad Shah (1719-48)
- Became the emperor with the help of the Saiyad Brothers
- Nadir Shah invaded India and took away Peacock throne and Kohinoor diamond.
- Title- Rangeela
- Emergence of independent state in his period
Ahmed Shah (1748-54)
- Ahmed Shah Abdali (General of Nadir Shah) marched towards Delhi and the Mughals ceded Punjab and Multan.
- He worked under the guidance of Rajmata “Udam Bai”
- Ahmed Shah occupied Delhi Later, Delhi was plundered by Marathas.
Shah Alam II (1759-1806)
- Original NAME: Aligohar
- Panipat War: (1761)
- Buxar War (1764)
- Treaty of Allahabad (1765)
- Could not enter Delhi for 12 years.
- 1788: Gulam Kadir make him blind
Akbar II (1806-37)
- Pensioner of East India Company.
- Gave the title “Raja” to Ram Mohan Roy
Bahadur Shah II (1837-57)
- Nickname: Jafar
- Last Mughal Emperor who was made premier during the 1857 Revolt.
- 1862-death in Rangoon (Myanmar)
Fall of Mughal Empire
Historians have offered numerous explanations for the rapid collapse of the Mughal Empire. Emperors lost authority and control of the empire, as the widely scattered imperial officers lost confidence in the central authorities, and made their own deals with local men of influence. The successors were weak and incompetent. Another reasons is because of the multiple wars that were fought in quick succession. Due to this marathas and other regional powers started to grow and made it difficult for mughals to control their empire. The decline of the Mughal Empire led to a decline in agricultural productivity, which drove up food prices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who was the founder of Mughal dynasty?
Ans. Babur was the founder of Mughal dynasty
Q. The Battle of Khanwa in 1527 was fought between?
Ans. The Battle of Khanwa was fought between Babur and Rana Sanga
Q. Who consolidated the Mughal empire and gave it a unique multi-religious culture?
Ans. Akbar onsolidated the Mughal empire and gave it a unique multi-religious culture.
Q. Who was the Mughal emperor when Nadir Shah attacked Delhi?
Ans. Muhammad Shah was the Mughal emperor when Nadir Shah attacked Delhi
Q. Who initiated Din-I-Ilahi?
Ans. Akbar initiated Din-I-Ilahi.
Q. Who among the following was regarded as Zinda Pir?
Ans. Aurangzeb was regarded as Zinda Pir