Mughal Story: Stories recorded in history tell that Shah Jahan was fond of two things, wine made from European grapes and intoxication of women. But the intoxication of women dominated more than alcohol.
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visitors to the Taj Mahal Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan And read the ballads of the love story of Mumtaz Mahal, but if we look at the history, it is known that how many women came in the life of the emperor. In such a situation, the question arises whether Shahjahan loved Mumtaz very much. History Tales recorded in tell that Shah Jahan has been fond of two things, made from European grapes. Liquor And the intoxication of women. But the intoxication of women dominated more than alcohol.
Manucci, an Italian traveler and close friend of Darashikoh, wrote in his memoirs that Shah Jahan was concerned about only one thing, the search for beautiful women. French historian François Bernier also writes supporting Manuchi’s point that women used to be the biggest weakness of the emperor.
Relationship with wife’s sister and brother-in-law’s wife
Many historians say that Shah Jahan had a very close relationship with his wife Mumtaz Mahal’s married sister Farzana Begum. Later he had made Farzana his mistress. Confirming this, Manuchi writes that there was truth in the fact that there was a relationship between the two. This was because the appearance of Farzana’s son was similar to Shah Jahan’s son Dara Shikoh to a great extent.
Historian Kishori Sharan Lal has written in his book The Mughal Haram that Zafar Khan and Khalilullah Khan’s wives had illegal relations with Shah Jahan in the entire Sultanate. Alam was such that when these women used to leave for the palace, even beggars used to comment on them.
During Shahjahan’s era, Portuguese traveler Sebastian Manrique lived in Delhi, he had heard many stories related to the emperor and women, which he recorded in his book. He writes that Shah Jahan was so intoxicated with women that he did not even spare his brother-in-law’s wives.
there were many concubines in the harem
The interesting thing is that Shah Jahan was in this condition when he had many concubines in his harem. Waris, the historian of his sultanate, wrote in his historical documents that Akbarabadi Mahal and Fatehpuri Mahal were the most beloved of the concubines of Haram to the emperor. Not only this, there was a group of girls in the harem who used to present dance programs especially for Shah Jahan. However, despite this, Shah Jahan did not desist from doing frivolous acts with women.
aphrodisiacs in old age
Kishori Lal Sharan writes that Shah Jahan undoubtedly built many monuments in India, but he crossed his limits many times in the matter of sexual relations. To what extent he was fond of women, it can be understood from the fact that he did not stop taking aphrodisiac drugs even in the last phase of his death.
Son Aurangzeb was aware of this, which is why when he imprisoned Shah Jahan in Agra Fort, he kept a group of women there to please him.