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Sipihr Shikoh

December 31, 1643
Mirza Firuz Shah
Shah Jahan 1627–1658

Sipihr Shikoh



Siphir Shikoh was born on 13th October, 1644 to his proud father Prince Dara Shikoh. He died on 13th October, 1708. Little is known about him, but it is there that he was part of the War of Succession between Aurangzeb Alamgeer and Dara Shikoh. Western and Hindu writers paint a horrific imagery of the fate of the children of Dara Shikoh. The actual matter is that indeed Siphir Shikoh was captured and sent to prison. He embraced his uncle Aurangzeb Alamgeer who promised him that he would not be killed in the end result. He was sent to prison and even Mildred Archer narrates his horrible death. The fact of the matter is totally different. As a man of great heart and compassion, not only did Aurangzeb Alamgeer forgive Siphir Shikoh for being part of the actual rebellion against him, he reinstated him in the Mughal nobility. The hand of Ms Zubadat un nisa, beloved daughter of Aurangzeb Alamgeer was offered to him, and Siphir married his cousin with great pomp. The two loved each other very much, and lived a happy long life together. The fact that Siphir Shikoh accepted the hands of the daughter of his uncle proves that he held no grudge against his uncle. Otherwise he would not have accepted this offer. A rarest image of Siphir Shikoh is presented with this information. Made at the request of Sir Thomas Phillip in Lucknow in the 18th century, this perhaps is the only image of the lost to history Prince of Mughals. But things continue to be discovered. More will come too. Life He was also the grandson of the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as well as the nephew and son-in-law of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Sipihr played a role under his father in the War of Succession between the sons of Shah Jahan. During the Battle of Samugarh he, alongside Dara's general Rustam Khan Dakhini, led a cavalry charge against Aurangzeb's artillery. He also acted as Dara's ambassador in a vain attempt to persuade Maharaja Jaswant Singh of Marwar to join the cause against Aurangzeb, just prior to the Battle of Deorai on 12–14 April 1659. On 9 June 1659, he was captured and imprisoned by Malik Jiwan, brought to Delhi and paraded through the streets in chains, then imprisoned at Gwalior Fort until 1675. On 9 February 1673, he married his first cousin, Princess Zubdat-un-Nissa, who was a daughter of Aurangzeb and Dilras Banu Begum. Death Dying a natural death in 1708, it means that he lived a life of 64 years, a healthy life by the standard of those days too.


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Very good information.


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