Some Facts in Indian History

  • Maryam Zamani also pronounced as Mariam Zamani or Mariam-uz-Zamani, is not a name but the title given to Jahangir's mother.

  • Jagat Gosaine, the daughter of Motaraja Udai Singh of Jodhpur, better known as Jodh Bai, was the wife of Jahangir and the mother of Shah Jahan.

  • Akbar did not Navratnas in his court.

  • There were only two battles fought between Prithviraj Chauhan and Muhammad Ghori, and Ghori was not killed by Prithviraj Chauhan.

  • The term "Slave dynasty" is a misnomer for the first Muslim dynasty of Delhi.

  • Rajput kings also had numerous wives and concubines. One example is Jodhpur princess Rukmawati Bai, better known as Jodh Bibi, who was a wife of Akbar. She was the daughter of Rao Maldev by his concubine, Tipu.

  • The love story of Bajirao Peshwa and the Muslim lady Mastani is a historical fact.

  • Taj Mahal was originally the palace of Raja Man Singh, which was then in possession of his grandson Raja Jai Singh. Raja Man Singh had received the land as a gift from Akbar.

  • Ala-ud-din Khilji invaded Chittor not to acquire its queen Rani Padmini. The story of Rani Padmini is a fictional account written by Muhammad Jayasi titled Padmavat. It was the Gujarati queen Kamla Devi that Ala-ud-din fell in love with.

  • The Mughals were indeed foreigners, as Babur stated in his Memoirs: "From the time of the blessed Prophet down to the present time, three FOREIGN kings had subdued the country and acquired the sovereignty of Hindustan." These kings were Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, Sultan Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Ghori, and Babur himself.

    Unlike his predecessors, Babur decided to make India his home instead of returning to his native land. He took control of Delhi after defeating Ibrahim Lodi, who was not a Hindu king. Babur's son Humayun was also not born in India, but subsequent Mughal rulers, from Akbar to Bahadur Shah Zafar, were born in the Indian subcontinent.

    Unlike the British, Babur and his descendants did not plunder India for wealth to take elsewhere. Interestingly, during the revolt of 1857 against the British East India Company, the natives chose the last Mughal Bahadur Shah II as their leader.

  • An inscription on the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque in Delhi reveals that materials from 27 temples were used in its construction.

  • The battle of Haldighati, fought between Akbar and Maharana Pratap, saw Raja Man Singh fighting on Akbar's side and defeating Pratap. There were also many Muslims in Pratap's army. Pratap's son eventually accepted Mughal suzerainty and Mewar became a Mughal feudatory during Jahangir's reign. Another Rajput ruler whom Akbar could not capture was Vir Singh Bundela of Orchha, who was responsible for the murder of Abul Fazl.

  • Akbar favored his grandson Khusrau, Jahangir's son, over his own son Jahangir as his successor.

  • Tipu Sultan of Mysore was the most powerful enemy of the British in India.