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  • 10 September, 2022

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Dara Shikoh History

Dara Shikoh

Dara Shikoh is referred to as a torchbearer for societal unity by the Vice President.

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About Dara Shikoh

  • He was the heir apparent and oldest child of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor.
  • He was made the Crown Prince by his father, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in 1655; on August 30, 1659, he was slain by his younger brother, Aurangzeb, in a bloody succession dispute.
  • Dara was chosen to succeed his father and his older sister, Princess Jahanara Begum, and given the title Padshahzada-i-Buzurg Martaba (Prince of High Rank).
  • Dara was beaten by his younger brother Prince Muhiuddin in the succession conflict that followed Shah Jahan's sickness in 1657.
  • Dara Shikoh was referred to as a "liberal Muslim" who sought to reconcile Hindu and Islamic customs.


  • He is regarded as a pioneer of the academic movement for interfaith understanding in India because of his profound awareness and knowledge of various religions, particularly Islam and Hinduism.
  • By identifying similarities between Hinduism and Islam and fostering communication between the two religions, he worked to foster friendly relationships between individuals.
  • His two most significant writings, Sirr-i-Akbar (Great Mystery) and Majma-ul-Bahrain (Mingling of Two Oceans), are committed to fostering ties between Hinduism and Islam.
  • Due to his expertise in Persian and Sanskrit, Dara Shikoh was able to play a significant part in popularising Hinduism and Indian culture. He rendered into Persian the Upanishads and other significant Sanskrit works on Hinduism and spirituality.
  • Dara Shikoh had a passion for both the arts and design. He created an album for his wife that is a priceless work of Indian art.
  • The Aligarh Muslim University library has a rare miniature artwork of him with his spiritual guides (AMU). He was a gifted architect who created several other landmarks, including Srinagar's stunning Pari Mahal Garden Palace.
  • Risala-i-hak Numa (The Compass of the Truth), Shathiyat or Hasanat-ul-Arifin, and Iksir-i-Azam were written by him.
  • In addition to finding similarities between the two religions, he claimed that "One Reality and One God" is their shared core principle. He appreciated India's syncretic culture and had a diverse attitude.

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