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Hamida Banu Begum : Akbar’s mother was a collector of books!

Apart from the wives and daughters of the Mughal Emperors, the matriarchs of the family played a critical role in establishing and keeping the Empire intact.

Monumental Feats of Mughal Women : 7 Iconic Spots in Delhi

Of the Mughal era-monuments in Delhi, many were built under the patronage of the Empire's women. But somehow, the story of their accomplishments lacks detail in tourism brochures and hardly feature in...

Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Agra : A Daughter’s Gift

In the chaos of Agra and its many bridges, one could easily miss this elegant pavilion on the riverbank. As one drives on, an exquisite white marble construction stands out in contrast...

Zebunissa, the Poet Princess: Why every kid needs to grow up on her story!

Amidst the many Mughal women who have remained lost in years of obscurity, is the story of "the concealed one", Zebunissa (also, Zeb-un-Nissa)! A child prodigy in the court of Shah Jahan,...

Nur Jahan: a portrait from the Rampur Raza Library reveals her courage & leadership

The Mughal Queen Nur Jahan is one of the prominent women in Mughal history. Even then, there are hardly enough historical sources that cover her accomplishments. But...

Shah Begum’s Tomb in Allahabad

When we speak of Mughal women in the context of Jahangir, Nur Jahan is the first one who comes to mind. However, she was only one (and the last) of his many...

Mumtaz Mahal : The Lady in the Taj | #TheseMughalWomen

A grieving emperor's ode to love Sprouting from the golden sands of Agra, there emerges a pristine white marble structure, its luminous surface shimmering under the sun like...

What these paintings tell us about Jahanara and Shah Jahan

Princess Jahanara is the quintessential #bosslady. Even in a family full of strong female figures, she stands out. Her extraordinary political clout, business acumen and generosity to the arts are just some...
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