Muhammad Shah

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Muhammad Shah I
Muḥammad Sháh on horseback.jpg
Flag of the Mughal Empire (triangular).svg 13th Mughal Emperor
Reign27 September 1719 – 26 April 1748
Coronation29 September 1719 at Tajpur
PredecessorShah Jahan II
SuccessorAhmad Shah Bahadur
RegentSyed Brothers (1719–1722)
ConsortBadshah Begum
WivesSahib Mahal
Safiya Sultan Begum
Qudsia Begum
IssueShahriyar Shah Bahadur
Ahmad Shah Bahadur
Taj Muhammad
Anwer Ali
Badshah Begum
Jahan Afruz Banu Begum
Hazrat Begum Sahiba-uz-Zamani
Full name
Roshan Akhtar Bahadur
HouseTimurid
FatherKhujista Akhtar Jahan Shah
MotherQudsiya Begam
Born17 August 1702
Fatehpur, Mughal Empire
Died26 April 1748 (aged 45)
Delhi, Mughal Empire
BurialMausoleum of Muhammad Shah, Nizamuddin Awliya, Delhi
ReligionIslam
 
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For the ruler of Persia, see Mohammad Shah Qajar. For the Afghan warlord and later Nawab of Sardhana, see Jan-Fishan Khan. For other similarly named persons and places, see Muhammad Shah (disambiguation). For the villages in Iran, see Mohammad Shah, Iran.
Muhammad Shah I
Muḥammad Sháh on horseback.jpg
Flag of the Mughal Empire (triangular).svg 13th Mughal Emperor
Reign27 September 1719 – 26 April 1748
Coronation29 September 1719 at Tajpur
PredecessorShah Jahan II
SuccessorAhmad Shah Bahadur
RegentSyed Brothers (1719–1722)
ConsortBadshah Begum
WivesSahib Mahal
Safiya Sultan Begum
Qudsia Begum
IssueShahriyar Shah Bahadur
Ahmad Shah Bahadur
Taj Muhammad
Anwer Ali
Badshah Begum
Jahan Afruz Banu Begum
Hazrat Begum Sahiba-uz-Zamani
Full name
Roshan Akhtar Bahadur
HouseTimurid
FatherKhujista Akhtar Jahan Shah
MotherQudsiya Begam
Born17 August 1702
Fatehpur, Mughal Empire
Died26 April 1748 (aged 45)
Delhi, Mughal Empire
BurialMausoleum of Muhammad Shah, Nizamuddin Awliya, Delhi
ReligionIslam

Shahanshah Nasir-ud-Din Muhammad Shah, Abu Al-Fatah Nasir-ud-Din Roshan Akhtar Muhammad Shah (محمد شاه) (1748–1702) also known as Roshan Akhtar, was the Mughal emperor between 1719 and 1748.[1][2][3] He was son of Khujista Akhtar, the fourth son of Bahadur Shah I. Ascending the throne at 17 with the help of the Sayyid Brothers, he later got rid of them with the help of Asaf Jah I. Muhammad Shah was a great patron of the arts, including musical, cultural and administrative developments, his pen-name was Sada Rangila ("ever joyous").[4]

While being a patron of the arts, his reign was marked by great decline. The Mughals had already been showing decline for years, but the invasion by Nader Shah of Persia and the subsequent sack and looting of the Mughal capital would greatly accelerate the pace at which it was going. The whole events did not only shock and notify that to the Mughals themselves, but also to more foreign invaders, including the British.

Early life[edit]

Roshan Akhtar was born in 1702 in Ghazna (in modern day Afghanistan) to Prince Khujista Akhtar, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. In the year 1707, his grandfather Bahadur Shah I had defeated and eliminated his own brother Muhammad Azam Shah on 19 June 1707 at the Battle of Jajau, during another war of succession that followed after the death of his aged grandfather Bahadur Shah I his father was killed, and the 12-year-old prince and his mother were imprisoned by his uncle Jahandar Shah but spared from death. Handsome and quick to learn, his mother took good care of his education, while his father had enhanced his administrative abilities. Since the overthrow of Farrukhsiyar in 1719 many Mughal Emperors briefly ascended to the throne, but the Sayyid Brothers eventually chose 17-years-old Roshan Akhtar to become the new Mughal Emperor.

Reign[edit]

Muhammad Amin Khan Turani was the commander and chief of the Mughal Army, his forces dissolved the administration of Sayyid Brothers.
Asaf Jah I was instated as the Grand Vizier of the Mughal Empire on 21 February 1722.
The imperial Diwan of the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah.
The Nawab of Awadh, Saadat Ali Khan commanded and trained most of the Mughal Army.
Alivardi Khan, the wealthy and trustworthy Nawab of Bengal.

On 29 September 1719, Prince Roshan Akhtar was given the title Abu Al-Fatah Nasir-ud-Din Roshan Akhtar Muhammad Shah and enthroned in the Red Fort. His mother was given an allowance of 15 thousand rupees monthly for her needs, but the Sayyid Brothers kept the new emperor under strict supervision.

The Mughal Grand Vizier Syed Hassan Ali Khan Barha and his brother the Mughal commander and chief Syed Hussain Ali Khan Barha were very well aware that Asaf Jah I and his companions Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur, Zain ud-din Ahmad Khan intended to dissolve their administration. The Sayyid Brothers quickly nominated an amateur Prince Muhammad Ibrahim, who claimed to be a Mughal Emperor but he was quickly defeated by the new loyalists of the young Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah on 13 November 1720.

In the year 1720, Syed Hussain Ali Khan Barha, the commander and chief of the most elite Mughal Army, was assassinated in his encampment in Toba Bhim on 9 October 1720. The Mughal Emepror Muhammad Shah took direct command of his forces. Asaf Jah I was then dispatched to gain complete control of 6 Mughal provinces in the Deccan, and Muhammad Amin Khan Turani was assigned as the Mansabdar of 8000. He was sent to peruse the Mughal Grand Vizier Syed Hassan Ali Khan Barha, who was defeated at the Battle of Hasanpur by Muhammad Amin Khan Turani, Mir Muhammad Amin Irani and Muhammad Haider Beg, and was captured by the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah on 15 November 1720 and executed 2 years later. Previously the emperor had to fight Muhammad Ibrahim, but young Muhammad Shah defeated him on 13 November 1720. The fall of the Sayyid Brothers marked the beginning of the end of the Mughal Empire's direct control over its dominions in the Deccan.

In the year 1721, young Muhammad Shah married the daughter of the previously deposed Mughal Emperor Farrukhsiyar.

On 21 February 1722, the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah appointed the wise Asaf Jah I as Grand Vizier of the Mughal Empire. He advised the new Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah to be "as cautious as Akbar and as brave as Aurangzeb". He also advised him to help Shah Tahmasp II of Persia; since Shah Tahmasp I had helped Humayun in his time of need. Asaf Jah I resigned his post as the Grand Vizier when the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah expressed negligence towards his administration. The Mughal Grand Vizier, Asaf Jah I appointed the Mughal commander Ewaz Khan as the master of the garrison at Aurangabad and much of his logistical duties were carried out by Inayatullah Kashmiri.[5] Asaf Jah I left the imperial court in disgust and appointed his deputy Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur as the next Grand Vizier of the Mughal Empire, he the set out on an expedition to the Deccan in 1723. There Asaf Jah I fought Mubariz Khan the Mughal Subedar of the Deccan, who kept the ravaging Marathas at bay. Taking advantage of Mubariz Khan's conventional weaknesses Asaf Jah I defeated and eliminated his opponent during the Battle of Shakarkhelda. Asaf Jah I then established the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1725.

During this time the Mughal-Maratha Wars (1728–1763)[6] would cause irreparable devastation to the inhabitants of the ill-administered Mughal Empire. Despite efforts to counter the rise of rebellions in 1724, by the Nawab of Awadh Saadat Ali Khan and the Mughal Subedar in Bangalore, Dilawar Khan (r.1726–1756), who established a well-protected bastion in the Malabar Coast. Muhammad Ali Khan the Mughal Faujdar of Rangpur and his stern ally Deena Narayan were ambushed out of Koch Bihar by Upendra Narayan a Hindu Bihari and Mipham Wangpo (r.1729–1736) the ruler of Bhutan. Ali Muhammad Khan Rohilla had established the barons of Rohilakhand. The Nawab of Bhopal Yar Muhammad Khan Bahadur, also ratified by the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah in 1728 countered ceaseless raids by the Marathas in Malwa and nearly began to loose half of his territories in the year 1742.

In Punjab region the Sikhs were at war with Mughal Subedars, the Sikhs had formed bands of warriors whose hit-and-run tactics caused devastation to the Punjab (region).

In Ajmer, Ajit Singh carved out a vast territory and allied himself with the renegade Marathas. While in Deccan the Marathas had ruined Mughal fortifications and were already on the warpath. All this greatly contributed to the decline of the Mughal Empire.

The Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah, eventually learned the skills of statesmanship after removing of his three incompetent Viziers, namely Koki Jee (his foster sister), Roshan-ud-Daula (his mercantile friend) and Sufi Abdul Ghafur of Thatta (his spiritual teacher).

In the year 1737, the Marathas, under Baji Rao I annexed Gujerat, Malwa and Bundelkhand and malevolently raided the Mughal imperial capitol at Delhi.

In the year 1739, Nadir Shah lured by the wealth and weakness of the Mughals, he took advantage of a rebellion on his eastern borders near Kandahar and due to the negligence of the Mughal authorities, he initiated a campaign against the Mughal Empire capturing Ghazni, Kabul, Lahore, Sindh, Kashmir. After that, he then advanced against the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah and delivered a feral defeat to the Mughal Empire during the Battle of Karnal. Nadir Shah. The Persians crushed the Mughal armies in less than three hours,[7] marched upon the Mughal capital Delhi, sacked and looted it, and hoarded priceless treasures that he then took back to Persia. The whole event would weaken the Mughals even more drastically, laying the way open for more invaders, and eventually the British.

In 1748, Ahmad Shah Durrani of Afghanistan invaded the Mughal Empire. Heir apparent Ahmad Shah Bahadur, Grand Vizier Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur and his son Muin-ul-Mulk, Intizam-ud-Daula and Safdarjung were sent with 75,000 men after the defeat of Shahnawaz Khan in Lahore. At the Battle of Manipur, Durrani's 12,000 men were defeated, and he was forced to retreat. There was a great rejoicing for this event throughout the Mughal Empire.

Administrative and Cultural developments[edit]

The phrase Zuban-i Urdū-yi Muʿallá ("Language of the exalted Horde") written in Nastaʿlīq script.
Baagh e Naazir was built by Muhammad Shah the year 1748.

Urdu language had already been invented before Muhammad Shah's reign. However, during his reign it became a common language among the people and the Emperor installed it as Court language. But many writers say it was British who made Urdu the Official Language and that Urdu was never court language during Mughal Rule. During the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah's reign Qawwali was reintroduced into the Mughal imperial court and it quickly spread throughout South Asia faster than ever before, incorporating many newly patronized instruments such as Sarod, Surbahar, Sitar and Sursingar that bolstered the traditional Tambura, Veena and Tabla.[8] Muhammad Shah is also known to have introduced religious institutions for education such as Maktabs. During his reign, the Quran was translated for the first time in simple Persian and Urdu. Also, during his reign, the formal Turkic dress, normally worn by the high Mughal nobility since Mughals originally hailed from Samarqand, was replaced by the Sherwani.

It is said that Mohammad Shah promoted arts like Dance and Music with great passion, almost at the cost of administrative priorities, paving the way for the disintegration of governance. While Mughal political power did decline in his reign, the emperor was a discerning patron of the arts, employing master artists such as Nidha Mal (active 1735–75) and Chitarman, whose vivacious paintings depict scenes of court life, such as Holi celebrations, hunting and hawking.[9] The Mughal court of the time had musicians such as Niyamat Khan, also known as Sadarang, and his nephew Firoz Khan (Adarang), whose compositions popularized the musical form of Khyal and Tappa. This key component of Indian classical music evolved, ascended and received princely patronage at the court of Muhammad Shah.[10]

Later Mughal-Maratha Wars[edit]

After Asaf Jah I left Delhi, the Marathas had already expanded up to the river Narmada. Therefore, early in 1723 they invaded the rich province of Malwa. The Mughal Emperor entrusted its defence to its governor, who failed him. Thus by winter of the same year, they reached Ujjain, the capital of Malwa. In 1725, the governorship of Gujarat was transferred to Sarbuland Khan. Enraged by the authority of the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah the Marathas invaded Gujarat but were routed by Sarbuland Khan and his forces. This was mainly because most of the Maratha forces, including their leader Baji Rao I, were at the time fighting the Asaf Jah I in Hyderabad. The war with Hyderabad, however, proceeded favourably for the Marathas.

In 1728, during February, the Asaf Jah I was decisively defeated at the Battle of Palkhed. In the year 1728, the Marathas led by Baji Rao I and his brother Chimnaji Appa invaded the Mughal province of Malwa and challenged the Mughal Subedar Girdihar Bahadur, who led a fairly large Mughal Army during the Battle of Amjhera. Both Girdihar Bahadur and hic trusted cousin Daya Bahadur defeated an killed. On 29 November, Chimnaji Appa went on to besiege the remnants of the Mughal Army of Malwa during a failed Siege of Ujjain.[11]

In the year 1731, Asaf Jah I the Nizam of Hyderabad had managed to secure the defections of influential Maratha leaders, such as Trimbak Rao Dabhade and Sanbhoji who threatened to abandon the Marathas and join the forces with the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah instead. This move was considered unacceptable by Baji Rao I and his brother Chimnaji Appa who led a large well armed Forces of Marathas to intercepted Trimbak Rao Dabhade and Sanbhoji during the Battle of Dabhoi, where the defecting factions were all defeated, overrun and killed.[11] Baji Rao I then attacked Gujarat with full force and finally drove out Sarbuland Khan by 1735.

An elephant and its mahout in service of the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah.

In the year 1736, Siddi's of Murud-Janjira set out to recapture Raigarh from the forces of Baji Rao, on 19 April 1736, Chimnaji attacked the gathering forces in the encampments of the Siddi's during the Battle of Riwas near Riwas, when the confrontation ended 1500 Siddi's including their leader Siddi Sat were killed. Peace was concluded in September 1736, but the Siddi's were confined to Janjira, Gowalkot and Anjanwel.

In the year 1737, Asaf Jah I the Nizam of Hyderabad led a large Mughal Army to assist the Nawab of Bhopal Yar Muhammad Khan Bahadur but was instead besieged inside the city of Bhopal by 80,000 Marathas led by Baji Rao I. The Siege of Bhopal continued until Safdarjung and his relief forces were driven away by Malhar Rao Holkar. With the following peace negotiations, Asaf Jah I agreed to the peace treaty ratified by the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah that granted Malwa to the Marathas.[11] In the year 1737 the Maratha chieftain Baji Rao I attacked the Mughal imperial capital at Delhi, and defeated a well trained Mughal Army led by Amir Khan Bahadur, but was forced to withdraw when the Mughal Grand Vizier Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur and his substantially well armed reinforcements. Baji Rao I and his Marathas fled southeast to Badshshpur, where he corresponded with the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah, who ratified peace by agreeing the handover of Malwa to the Marathas.[11] Among the loyal tributaries of the Mughal Empire was Meenakshi, the queen of the Madurai Nayaks in Dindigul Fort, she had assisted Mughal forces in the Carnatic several times against the Marathas.

In the year 1740, Dost Ali Khan to Nawab of the Carnatic and Chanda Sahib faced the task of expelling the Marathas under Raghoji I Bhonsle, authorized by Shahu. Dost Ali Khan lost his life on 20 May 1740 at the Battle of Damalcherry in defence of Arcot and its populace, which was eventually looted and plundered. Chanda Sahib along with his garrison was captured and imprisoned in Satara. Chanda Sahib and his forces ferociously defended their rightful reams during the Siege of Trichinopoly and almost all the territories of the Nawab of the Carnatic despite being outnumbered substantially by the Marathas, their daunting efforts soon attracted the attention of the curious French East India Company official named Joseph François Dupleix.[12] outraged by the Maratha occupation of the territories of the Nawab of the Carnatic, Asaf Jah I led an expedition to liberate the Carnatic he was joined by Sadatullah Khan II and Anwaruddin Muhammed Khan together they recaptured Arcot and initiated the Siege of Trichinopoly (1743), which lasted five months and forced the Marathas led by Murari Rao Ghorpade to evacuate the Carnatic.[12]

In the year 1747, the Marathas led by Raghoji I Bhonsle, began to raid, pillage and annex the territories of the Nawab of Bengal Alivardi Khan. During the Maratha invasion of Orissa, its Subedar Mir Jafar completely withdrew all forces until the arrival of Alivardi Khan and the Mughal Army at the Battle of Burdwan where Raghoji I Bhonsle and his Maratha forces were completely routed. The enraged Nawab of Bengal Alivardi Khan then dismissed the shamed Mir Jafar. However, four years later Orissa was ceded over to the Marathas by the Mughal Emperor.[11]

Mughal Army[edit]

Jaivana Cannon – World's largest Cannon on wheels, was cast during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah by his Qiladar Jai Singh II.

The Mughal Army before the year 1739 comprised 200,000 cavalry and 1,500 elephants, the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah used eight thousand pieces of artillery, which were drawn by elephants and oxen.[13]

Invasion of Nadir Shah[edit]

Combat between the Afsharid forces of Nadir Shah and the Mughal Army.

On 13 February 1739 the Persians under the military genius Nadir Shah the commander of the Afsharids, had deposed the former Safavid dynasty, and defeated Persia's arch rival, the Ottoman Empire several times, and had therefore secured the western front. Now his eyes turned upon the wealthy but weakened Mughal Empire. In the year 1739, Nadir Shah invaded the Mughal Empire, and defeated the Muhammad Shah during the Battle of Karnal in less than three hours,[7] and then marched upon the Mughal capital Delhi, and after a chain of events, he completely sacked and looted it, and occupied much of the northern regions of the Mughal Empire.

Causes[edit]

Nadir Shah wanted to subdue Afghan rebels led by the Ghilzai tribe particularly in the region around Kandahar.[14][verification needed] He therefore requested the assistance of the Muhammad Shah to close the frontiers around Kabul and the Indus Valley so that the rebels may not flee or seek refuge. Muhammad Shah gave a confirming reply to Nadir Shah but didn't do any thing practically, because the local Subedars and Faujdars sympathized with the Afghan and rejected Persian rule. The Afghan rebels eventually did flee to the Mughals. Outraged by this, Nadir Shah sent an ambassador to Muhammad Shah, demanding deliverance of the fugitives. The Mughal Emperor did not provide a positive response and kept the Persians marginalized from Delhi for an entire year. Nadir Shah became furious with Muhammad Shah. He had now found himself two reasons of why to invade the Mughal Empire; one, that the Mughals didn't deliver the Afghan rebels to him, and two, he knew that the Mughals were weak, but still extremely wealthy.

Invasion of the Mughal Empire[edit]

On the basis of the above reasons, Nadir Shah decided to invade the Mughal Empire, by starting to attack from Afghanistan. In May 1738 he attacked Northern Afghanistan. In the same month, he captured Ghazni, in June he captured Kabul and in September Jalalabad also fell to him. In November he surrounded the fortress of Peshawar and razed it to the ground. Finally in January 1739, he captured Lahore, after completely subduing the forces of the Mughal viceroy, Zakariya Khan Bahadur and his 25,000 elite Sowars,[15] by the river Chenab the Afsharid forces soon encountered bands of Sikh rebels whom Nadir Shah predicted would clearly benefit after his invasion.[15]

Iranian Afsharid forces of Nadir Shah negotiate with a Mughal Nawab.

Now Nadir Shah had captured territory all the way up to Attock, and Muhammad Shah and his courtiers could not close their eyes from further danger. They finally understood that the Persian emperor was not the sort of enemy that could be bought off with the loot of a province. Furthermore he had devastated the area he just conquered. The cities of Wazirabad, Emanabad and Gujrat were not only sacked but razed to the ground. Near Larkana the Afsharid forces completely routed the Mughal Army of the Nawab of Sindh, Main Noor Mohammad Kalhoro, and later captured him and his two sons.

Darya-e-Noor

In February 1739, Nadir Shah captured Sirhind and moved towards the field of Karnal, a battle destined to be fateful to the Mughal rulers. On 13 February, the battle of Karnal was fought. Emperor Muhammad Shah had over a hundred thousand force against Nadir Shah's 55,000 men but was still decisively defeated in less than three hours. In the event, the Khan Douran died and wrote a will that the Mughal and Afsharid emperors should not meet, but Nadir Shah should be turned back from there at all costs. But the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah believed that he had no other choice but to surrender to Nadir Shah on 26 February in the Afsharid encampments, thirteen days after the Battle of Karnal. The Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah handed over the keys of the Delhi gate and marched as a captive with Nadir Shah to Delhi, which was then completely plundered.

After entering Delhi, Nadir Shah claimed to occupy the Mughal Empire out of religious devotion and that if "the wretched Marathas of the Deccan" moved towards Delhi, he might "send an army of victorious Qizilbash to drive them to the abyss of Hell". In fact Nadir Shah had delivered catastrophe from which the Mughal Empire itself never recovered and the subjects of the emperor were outraged by the ascendancy of the Afsharids.[16][17]

At first, things were cordial among the two emperors. However rumours spread throughout Delhi that Nadir Shah was assassinated. The masses attacked the Persian force and killed some soldiers. Nadir Shah, furious, ordered to massacre the populace, and at least 30,000 people died. The Emperor, Asaf Jah I and Grand Vizier Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur all had to beg Nadir Shah for mercy and thus he stopped the massacre and turned into looting the Mughal treasury.[18] The famous Peacock Throne, the Daria-i-Noor diamond and unimaginable wealth was looted. In addition, elephants, horses and every thing that was liked was taken. Muhammad Shah also had to hand over his daughter Jahan Afruz Banu Begum as a bride for Nadir Shah's youngest son. Asaf Jah I retired to Deccan after installing his eldest son Intizam-ud-Daula as a major commander in the Mughal Army and a trustworthy follower Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur as the Grand Vizier of Muhammad Shah[19]

After the whole event, Muhammad Shah was crowned as emperor by Nadir Shah himself on 12 May, and he ceded the area west of river Indus to Nadir Shah, although the Kalhora Nawabs of Sindh continued to fight the invading Afsharids. Nadir Shah then took the Koh-i-Noor diamond and the other aforementioned famous treasures, and he and his Persian forces started to return to Persia.

Aftermath[edit]

Nadir Shah's invasion destroyed what was left of the Mughal Empire and neared it to its end. After the invasion, the Mughals rapidly disintegrated. The weakness of the Mughal Army was clearly elaborated after this invasion. The Nawabs clearly could not even relieve their captured city of Delhi, which was the seat of their authority. The Mughals were completely looted of their wealth, and rebellions and disloyalty became commonplace.

Foreign relations[edit]

Provinces of the Mughal Empire in the year 1740.

Following Nadir Shah's invasion, Persia's arch rival the Ottoman Empire, quickly exploited the void that was created at their Eastern borders as almost all Persian units were deployed in the Mughal Empire. During that period Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah closely observed the actions of the Ottomans, and also cooperated with the Ottoman ambassador Haji Yusuf Agha until the emperor's death in 1748 after the victory of the Mughal Army at the Battle of Manipur against yet another foe (Ahmad Shah Durrani).[14]

Imperial family[edit]

The Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah and his family.

Emperor Muhammad Shah had four wives, but his most favourite and his chief consort was Badshah Begum, a Mughal princess and daughter of Emperor Farrukhsiyar. He married her on 8 December 1721 at Delhi, and gave her the title Malika-uz-Zamani (Queen of the Era). On this occasion there was a great ceremony lasting for weeks. She bore him his first son, Shahriyar Shah Bahadur, who died young on 19 July 1724. She was the most influential of all wives of the Emperor and exercised her opinions on him. Muhammad Shah married Mahal Begum on the same day as the first one and gave her the title Malika-i-Jahan (Queen of the World). She was also a favourite. His third wife was Udham Bai, who bore him his future successor, Ahmad Shah Bahadur on 23 December 1725. She was a formerly dancing girl and also a Mansabdar of 50,000. He married his fourth wife Safiya Sultan Begum later on. For some time during his early reign, her mother, Qudsiya Begum, also exercised power of the Empire. Badshah Begum died on 14 December 1724. Muhammad Shah had three sons and three daughters. In 1748 when Ahmad Shah Abdali attacked and deposed Muhammad Shah, his son Anwer Ali escaped to his grand Aunt Princess Jahanarra & hid in a place in Arrah, Bihar which was infested with bears which was later named as Bhaluhipur.

Ahmad Shah Durrani married Hazrat Begum the daughter of the deceased Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah in the year 1757.[20]

Death[edit]

The Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah with his Falcon visits the imperial garden at sunset on a palanquin.

The victory of the Mughal Army during the Battle of Manipur came with a heavy price as the Grand Vizier Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur fell in battle after being struck by a stray artillery shell on the battlefield. Initially this was kept a secret. However, when the news reached the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah, he could not speak, suddenly became sick, and did not come out of his apartments for three days. During this course he fasted. His guards could hear him crying out loud and saying: "How could I bring about anyone as faithful as he Qamar-ud-Din". He died due to grief on 26 April 1748, his funeral was attended by visiting Imams from Mecca.[21][22]

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Shah Jahan II
Mughal Emperor
1719–1748
Succeeded by
Ahmad Shah Bahadur