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Who is Shah Jahan?


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September 29, 2014 8:30AM

Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Shah Jahan (1628-1658) was the fifth Mughal Emperor of India. He was the grandson of Akbar the Great. Shah Jahan was born to Emperor Jahangir and his Hindu wife Jodh Bai, on 5 January 1592 at Lahore. He is famous as the builder of the world famous Taj Mahal. Red Fort at Delhi, Peacock Throne at Red Fort, Jama Masjid at Delhi, Pearl Mosque at Agra are some of the architectural works of the emperor. Dara Shukoh was his favorite son. But in the 30th year of his reign, Shah Jahan was deposed and imprisoned by his third son Aurangzeb. Shah Jahan died on 22 January 1666 at Agra and was buried beside his wife at the Taj Mahal.