June 14, 2011

Documentary on “Birthplace of Emperor Akbar”


Emperor Akbar, also known as Akbar the Great or Jalaluddin Muhammad was born in 1542 in Umar Kot, Pakistan, where his father Humayun and his mother Hamida were taking refuge, became the birthplace of this great emperor. Formerly known as Amarkot, it was the capital of Greate Sindh Province, including some parts of present Rajasthan state of India. It also became prominent during the time of the Mughals and during the British Raj. The great Mughal king Akbar was born in Umerkot when his father Humayun fled from military defeat at the hands of Sher Shah Suri. Rana Prasad, a Hindu Sodha Rajput ruler of Amarkot, gave refuge to Humayun. Later the Mughal Emperor Akbar became the Shahenshah of Hind and was a popular figure with both Hindus and Muslims.

Humayun recaptured Delhi in the year 1555, with the help of his Persian ally Shah Tahmasp. However, a few months after his victory, he met with an accident and died. On 14th February 1556, Akbar succeeded the throne, in the midst of a war waged by Sikandar Shah for the Mughal throne.

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