Finding the grave of Dara Shikoh at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb

If you are in Delhi then you simply have to visit Humayun’s Tomb. It’s one of the most spectacular buildings in Delhi. I am not going to go in its history of the building (you can read about it in more detail here) but will simply ask you to go around the various tombs in its garden and try to find the tomb of Dara Shikoh.

Most tourists to India will have not have heard of him before so here goes! He was the elder brother of Aurangzeb and to-be-heir of the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (the one who built the Taj Mahal). Dara Shikoh was Shah Jahan’s favourite son and the fanatic brother Aurangzeb was jealous and wanted to become the Emperor himself. Dara Shikoh was a mild mannered person and unlike his predecessors was not a fanatic and even had translated many Hindu holy books into Persian. This is why he was considered a heretic in the eyes of his brother Aurangzeb and other nobles of the court.

Dara Shikoh at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi

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Had he become India’s Emperor, I am sure the history of the Indian subcontinent would have been different.  But anyway, war broke out over the Mughal Empire between the two brothers in 1657 but eventually Dara Shikoh lost. He was brought to Delhi in chains and paraded all over Delhi supposedly on a dirty elephant and humiliated. His head was then cut off and sent to Agra Fort where his father had been imprisoned overlooking the Taj Mahal he had built for his wife Mumtaj. Shah Jahan died a broken man while Aurangzeb took over the reins of the Mughal Empire. Dara’s remains were buried in an unidentified grave somewhere at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi. See if you can identify it!

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15 thoughts on “Finding the grave of Dara Shikoh at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi

  1. Humayun’s Tomb and its history has been beautifully described in the post. Thank you for sharing the post. Honestly, I was not much aware about the historical monument till the moment I came across your article. No wonder India is so well-known among foreign tourists.

  2. Hi Shalu Sharma,

    Great information indeed!
    I am wonder, You have lots of information about your country and you are guiding foreign people.
    Thanks Shalu for sharing such great information with us. Have a great day.

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  3. Madam it seems you believe in the History promoted by RSS or anti muslims. Please know the qualities of Shahenshah-E- Hind Alamgir Aurangzeb and disqualifications of Shahenshah-E- Hind Shah Jahan and Prince Darashikosh. Please dont spread the wrong History of Hindustan.
    Thank you.

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