Jehangir Portrait

Jehangir: The Paragon of Stability


Compared to his legendary father Akbar, Jehangir was neither a stellar monarch nor adventurous warrior; he was, however, quite competent in maintaining the status quo, and for over 20 years, he did just that. Dividing his time mostly between Lahore and Agra Jehangir whittled away the years, maintaining the central administration, supporting the arts, and occasionally expanding the borders of the empire, though only marginally. He is probably best known for being the father of Shah Jehan, the ever-constructing sultan who built the most famous landmark in India, the one and only Taj Mahal.

Jehangir's Architectural Legacy:

Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra (1605-12)
Anarkali's Tomb, Lahore (1615)
Buildings in Lahore Fort, including Moti Masjid and Bari Khwabgah, Lahore
Sheikhupura complex, Lahore
Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar (1619)
Nishat Bagh, Pathar Masjid, Srinagar
Khusrau's Tomb, Allahabad (c. 1621)
Itimad-ud-daulah's Tomb, Agra (1622-8)
Chaunsath Khamba, Delhi (1623)
Khan-i-Khanan's Tomb, Delhi (c. 1626)
Jehangir's Tomb, Lahore (1627)

The Mughal Dynasty:

Babur | Humayun | Akbar | Jehangir | Shah Jehan | Aurangzeb

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