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Akbar is also known as Akbar the Great. He was born in 1542. He was the third Mughal Emperor. He became the king at the age of thirteen. He was named and “Shahansha” which means “King of Kings.”

Akbar was the greatest ruler of the Mughal Empire. He learnt hunting, running, and fighting in his youth. This made him a powerful, daring and a brave king.

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Akbar was mentally very strong. He was absolutely powerful at decision making. Diwan-i-Khas was the place where Akbar had his regular meetings with his senior officers. On the other hand, he dealt with the problems of his subjects, listened to them and would receive petitions by meeting them all in Diwan-i-Aam.

Akbar was tolerant towards all religions. Akbar’s aim was to unite all races of India into one nation. He’s treated his people equally and with kindness. Akbar’s goal was to spread the spirit of love and brotherhood among the people of all religions. The construction of Ibadat Khana is an example of this where after an initial point, the people of various religions used to come together and discussed religious and spiritual subjects.

Literature was his favourite and thus he constructed a huge library which included writings in languages like Sanskrit, Urdu, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian and Kashmiri. He also built library for women, schools for both Muslims and Hindus.

He encouraged the study of astronomy, mathematics, logic and history. But he himself never wanted to read and write. However, he liked to be with musicians, writers, painters and scholars and the nobleman like Birbal.

Question on Akbar

Why is Akbar known as Akbar the Great?

Akbar was tolerant towards all religions. Akbar’s aim was to unite all races of India into one nation. He’s treated his people equally and with kindness. Akbar’s goal was to spread the spirit of love and brotherhood among the people of all religions.

How has written Akbarnama?

Akabarnama was written by Abul Fazal