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Mughals and Rakhi

How Mughal Delhi gave birth to Rakshabandhan


Claim: How a Hindu woman came to tie a rakhi to a Mughal emperor (a tragic story of love and loss, and at the heart of it is India’s Ganga-Jumni culture)



This story of a “Hindu woman tying a Rakhi to the Mughal king” is fake. It is far from the truth and inconsistent with real history. It is a fraudulent myth propagated by Mughal mythologists suffering from Secularists. First of all, this article gets even the basic Mughal timeline wrong. It claims Bahadur Shah I ascended the Mughal throne in 1702. But the fact is that Aurangzeb was the emperor in 1702. Bahadur Shah, I ascended the throne only in 1707. The article claims a Hindu woman named “Ram Kumari” and her family tied Rakhi every year to Mughal emperors for almost 100 years. This “Ram Kumari” is purely mythical, not known to contemporary history. She does not exist in a single contemporary record. She is not known from any document of the Mughal era.

On the first examination, we find that the story is totally false. It gets even the basic details wrong. The Mughal emperor who succeeded Alamgiri II was Shahjahan III and NOT Shah Alam II as falsely claimed in this article.

It was not wazir Imad Ul Mulk who tempted the emperor to visit the Sufi even if he might have ultimately planned the murder. It was Zafarullah Khan who tempted the emperor to visit the Sufi.

This article claims that a Brahmin woman Ram Kumari found the dead body of the emperor while going to the Yamuna for her morning Puja & mourned for the dead Mughal emperor. This is impossible. The Emperor was murdered in the afternoon and buried at midnight. How corpse in the morning?

When Alamgir II was been murdered, Shah Alam II had been declared a rebel and expelled out of the kingdom. He was living in the east. In fact, Shah Alam II did not even know of Alamgir II’s murder. He received this news almost a month after the event when he was a refugee in Bihar.