Who is Jodha Bai?

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Who is Jodha Bai

Jodha Bai was a famous title of Mariam-uz-Zamani who was the daughter of Raja Bharmal of Amer in the year 1542. Jodha Bai’s paternal grandfather was Prithviraj I. Her birth name still remains unknown to people with many names given to her throughout her life like Harkha Bai, Jiya Rani, Maanmati Bai, Harika Bai, Hira Kunwari, Shahi Bai and Shahi Begum. Mariam-uz-Zamani was one of the Rajput wives of the Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar. Moreover, before that, she was the princess of Amber (present-day Jaipur) Jodha Bai gave birth to the next emperor of the Mughal empire, Jahangir. Jodha Bai was a woman of her word, scroll to know how. 

About Jodha Bai

Jodha Bai was certainly an influential woman who made sure to bring a change to King Akbar in terms of tolerance of other religions and inclusivity of the empire. 

MisnomerJodha Bai (commonly known but considered a misnomer)
Date of BirthAround 1544
Date of Death19 May 1623
RoleChief consort and principal Hindu wife of the third Mughal emperor, Akbar
Tenure41 years (1562–1605), the longest-serving Hindu empress of the Mughal Empire
Birth BackgroundRajput princess, married to Akbar by her father, Raja Bharmal of Amer due to political reasons
Influence on AkbarLed to a shift in Akbar’s religious and social policies, symbolizing tolerance and inclusivity in the empire
BeautyWidely regarded as possessing uncommon beauty
TraitsGraceful, intelligent, intellectual, amiable, kind, liberal
Role in the HaremSenior-ranking wife of Akbar commanded a high rank, considered a favorite and influential consort
Influence in CourtConsiderable influence in court matters, often consulted by Akbar on important issues
OffspringMother of Akbar’s eldest surviving son and eventual successor, Jahangir; Grandmother of Shah Jahan

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Religion of Jodha Bai

Jodha was a Rajput before marrying the Mughal emperor. Even after she married the royal king of the Mughal Empire, Akbar, she did not give up her religious faith. She deeply believed in the worship of Lord Krishna and Akbar was supportive of her beliefs. 

Worship complex in Jodha Bai’s Palace, Fatehpur Sikri. Source- medium.com

The worshipping place in her palace, in Fatehpur Sikri is proof of her beliefs and support from her Muslim leader husband for practising her own religion.

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