A report on Dara Shikoh

Miniature portrait of Dara Shikoh
18th-century portrait of Dara Shikoh
Dara's brothers (left to right) Shah Shuja, Aurangzeb and Murad Baksh in their younger years, ca 1637
Young Dara Shikoh (Left) and Mian Mir (Right)
The marriage of Dara Shikoh and Nadira Begum, 1875–90
Wedding procession of Dara Shikoh, with Shah Shuja and Aurangzeb behind him. Royal Collection Trust, London.
Dara Shikoh with his army
Humayun's Tomb, where the remains of Dara Shikoh were interred in an unidentified grave.
A page from the Majma-ul-Bahrain, Victoria Memorial, Calcutta.
Dara Shikoh (with Mian Mir and Mullah Shah Badakhshi), ca. 1635
A painting from the Persian translation of Yoga Vasistha manuscript, 1602
A Prince in Iranian Costume by Muhammad Khan. Dara Shikoh Album, Agra, 1633–34.
Shah Jahan Receiving Dara Shikoh

The eldest son and heir-apparent of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

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Miniature portrait of Dara Shikoh

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Dara Shikoh with Mian Mir and Mullah Shah Badakhshi

Mian Mir

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Baba Sain Mir Mohammed Sahib (c.

Baba Sain Mir Mohammed Sahib (c.

Dara Shikoh with Mian Mir and Mullah Shah Badakhshi
Shrine of Mian Mir.
Inside view of Mian Mir's Mausoleum in Lahore.
The heavily embellished ceiling of Mian Mir tomb
Sajjada Nasheen Hazrat Mian Mir prays with his son at his ancestor's tomb

He is famous for being a spiritual instructor of Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Dara Shikoh (with Mian Mir and Mullah Shah Badakhshi). ca. 1635

Shah Badakhshi

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17th-century Muslim Sufi, and spiritual successor of the famous Sufi saint Mian Mir .

17th-century Muslim Sufi, and spiritual successor of the famous Sufi saint Mian Mir .

Dara Shikoh (with Mian Mir and Mullah Shah Badakhshi). ca. 1635

He was the spiritual mentor of the Mughal prince Dara Shikoh Qadri (1615 – 1659) and his sister Princess Jahanara Begum.

Guru Har Rai, the Seventh Guru (Early-18th-century Pahari painting)

Guru Har Rai

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The seventh of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion.

The seventh of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion.

Guru Har Rai, the Seventh Guru (Early-18th-century Pahari painting)

He supported the moderate Sufi influenced Dara Shikoh instead of conservative Sunni influenced Aurangzeb as the two brothers entered into a war of succession to the Mughal Empire throne.

Portrait of Niccolao Manucci. National Library of France, Cabinet of Prints, Paris.

Niccolao Manucci

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Venetian writer, a self-taught physician, and traveller, who wrote accounts of the Mughal Empire supposedly first-hand but with many details now considered doubtful.

Venetian writer, a self-taught physician, and traveller, who wrote accounts of the Mughal Empire supposedly first-hand but with many details now considered doubtful.

Portrait of Niccolao Manucci. National Library of France, Cabinet of Prints, Paris.
Manucci feeling the pulse of a patient

Manucci remained in India for much of his life and is one of the few supposedly first hand European sources for Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb, Shivaji, Dara Shikoh, Shah Alam I, Jai Singh I and Kirat Singh.

Single Leaf of Shah Sarmad (centre) seated with Shahzada Dara Shikoh

Sarmad Kashani

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Persian speaking Armenian mystic and poet who travelled to and made the Indian subcontinent his permanent home during the 17th century.

Persian speaking Armenian mystic and poet who travelled to and made the Indian subcontinent his permanent home during the 17th century.

Single Leaf of Shah Sarmad (centre) seated with Shahzada Dara Shikoh
Single Leaf of Shah Sarmad (centre) seated with Shahzada Dara Shikoh

The reputation as a poet and mystic he had acquired during the time the two travelled together, caused the Mughal crown prince Dara Shikoh to invite Sarmad at his father's court.

Film poster

Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story

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2005 Indian historical drama film directed by Akbar Khan.

2005 Indian historical drama film directed by Akbar Khan.

Film poster

Vaquar Sheikh as Dara Shikoh

Tomb of Nadira Begum

Tomb of Nadira Begum

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Tomb of Nadira Begum
Tomb of Nadira Begum
Princess Nadira Banu Begum
Tomb of Nadira Banu Begum
Tomb of Nadira Begum
Grave of Nadira Begum
Interior of Tomb of Nadira Begum
A window in Tomb of Nadira Begum
Ornaments in Tomb of Nadira Begum
Stairs to the upper level in Tomb of Nadira Begum

The Tomb of Nadira Begum is a Mughal era tomb in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, which houses the tomb of Mughal princess Nadira Banu Begum, wife of Prince Dara Shikoh.

Shyamal Gangapadhyay

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Bengali novelist and editor.

Bengali novelist and editor.

He received Sahitya Academy Award in 1993 for the novel of Shahjada Darasukoh, based on the life of Mughal Emperor Dara Shukoh.

Vyasa, the sage who, according to tradition, composed the Upanishads.

Upanishads

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The Upanishads (उपनिषद् ) are late Vedic Sanskrit texts of Hindu philosophy which supplied the basis of later Hindu philosophy.

The Upanishads (उपनिषद् ) are late Vedic Sanskrit texts of Hindu philosophy which supplied the basis of later Hindu philosophy.

Vyasa, the sage who, according to tradition, composed the Upanishads.
Geography of the Late Vedic Period
A page of Isha Upanishad manuscript
Impact of a drop of water, a common analogy for Brahman and the Ātman
Adi Shankara, expounder of Advaita Vedanta and commentator (bhashya) on the Upanishads
German 19th century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, impressed by the Upanishads, called the texts "the production of the highest human wisdom".

His great-grandson, Dara Shukoh, produced a collection called Sirr-i-Akbar in 1656, wherein 50 Upanishads were translated from Sanskrit into Persian.

Mian Mir's shrine is one of the most important Sufi shrines in Lahore

Shrine of Mian Mir

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17th-century shrine located in Lahore, Pakistan, that is dedicated to the Sufi mystic Mian Mir.

17th-century shrine located in Lahore, Pakistan, that is dedicated to the Sufi mystic Mian Mir.

Mian Mir's shrine is one of the most important Sufi shrines in Lahore
Mian Mir's shrine is one of the most important Sufi shrines in Lahore
The shrine is popular with devotees.
The shrine is illuminated during the annual urs festival, and on religious holidays.
Devotees frequently tie strings of thread as prayers.
Numerous small cubicles are used for burning of oil lamps
The underside of the shrine's dome is decorated with mirror work known as ayina kari

The tomb was built on the orders of Dara Shikoh, and was completed in 1640.