The triumphs and tragedies of Shah Jahan | Taj Mahal, Agra

December 20, 2021

“The king is dead, long live the king”. This is the traditional way of announcing the death of the previous king, and proclaiming his eldest son as the next new king. But among the Mughal kings of India, such a proclamation was unusual. Succession was always a fraught affair, and the mighty emperor Shah Jahan was no exception. This is the agonising story of the Mughal succession wars; when princes fought and killed their own siblings; when princesses had to remain spinsters because there were no worthy suitors; and when close family ties were broken in a mad scramble for the throne. It was an unforgiving system that ultimately made the dynasty itself collapse under its own weight. Watch this video to know of the circumstances that catapulted Shah Jahan to the throne of the richest kingdom in the world, but reduced his personal life to a terribly tragic one.

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