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DARA SHIKOH          

1st January, 2022 Culture and Heritage

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  • Dara Shikoh was 'deliberately' not given due importance by certain govts: Union Minority Minister.


Who was Dara Shikoh?

  • Elder son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, Dara Shikoh had three younger brothers, and Aurangzeb was one of them.
  • Dara Shikoh was killed after losing the war of succession against his brother Aurangzeb.
  • Dara Shikoh is said to have revered all the religions, and took a special interest in Hindu religion and philosophy, along with Christianity.
  • Dara Shikoh tried to find commonalities between Hindu and Islamic traditions.
  • He translated into Persian the Bhagavad Gita as well as 52 Upanishads.
  • Important works: Majma-ul-Bahrain and Sirr-i-Akbar.