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Post by Abavi on 2013-07-01, 16:36

Here is a interesting article I found about the life of Abkar and Jodha.. It is a old article.. here is the link http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-05-01/people/28286263_1_akbar-jodhabai-romance-raja-bharmal
 
Was it really romance Jodha-Akbar?
 
(Was it really love Jodha…)

Continuing his series on political romances, from contemporary France last week, Tuhin A Sinha travels into history and tries to probe the veracity of the Akbar-Jodhabai romance
 If you took the Jodhabai-Akbar romance as depicted in the movie at face value, you might be in for some re-thinking, post reading this article. For the romance, if it may be called so, wasn't half as utopian. Neither was Jodhabai during her lifetime known as Jodha. Post her marriage to Akbar, she was Mariam uz- Zamani.
 Akbar's marriage with the daughter of Raja Bharmal of Amber (modern day Jaipur) was quite unequivocally a device used for political acquisition. Hira Kunwari (Jodha's maiden name) was married to Akbar on January 20, 1562, at Sambhar near Jaipur. She was Akbar's third wife. It will be interesting to note here that there is little clarity on the total number of wives that Akbar eventually had.
 The fact that other Rajput kingdoms, subsequently, also established similar matrimonial alliances with Akbar, cannot be disproved. The law of Hindu succession has always been patrimonial, so the threat to lineage, in marrying their princesses for political gain, was pretty inconsequential.
 History does not corroborate any instance of Akbar's romance with Jodhabai in the real sense. Yet, there seems to be near unanimity over Jodhabai being referred to as Akbar's favourite queen.
 What then could have possibly led to Jodha being given this preference?
 Jodha, it is said, was extremely gorgeous and dignified. But apart from her personality attributes, she gave Akbar what his other queens could not — an heir. Akbar's first queen was the childless Ruqaiyya Begum, and his second wife was Salima Sultan, the widow of his most trusted general, Bairam Khan.
 A sense of desperation seemed to mark Akbar's prayers at the dargah of the Shaikh Salim Chishti, which later led to the birth of his first surviving child Jahangir. Was Akbar's affection for Jodhabai thus familial and borne out of a sense of gratitude?
 Subsequently, Jodha is said to have enjoyed increased clout over political matters. She was Akbar's only queen who could issue farman (official decree), which was normally the exclusive privilege of the emperor. Jodha used her influence to build gardens, wells, and mosques around the country.
 It is also accepted that Jodha had the permission to worship in the Hindu way in her palace and continued to remain a devotee of Lord Krishna. Akbar's fondness for Jodha only made him more accepting of Hindu rituals. That Jahangir, Akbar's successor, too is appreciated as a liberal leader, perhaps only shows the indirect influence that Jodha might have made politically.
 Having dwelt upon Jodha's preferred status in Akbar's life, Akbar's subsequent marriages cannot be wished away. And this is where the soft romance between Akbar and Jodha gets mired in irony.
 In all likelihood, Jodha, in the limited way that she could, gave Akbar a sense of belonging that his other women did not. In all probability, she reduced Akbar's personal detachment and made him discover a side of his that had got dwarfed by his political ambitions.
 Jodha's tomb, which is situated just about a kilometre away from that of Akbar, lies in obscure abandonment, so much so that it is only natural for the less curious to give it a miss. Not unexpectedly, just like her tomb is but a shadow of Akbar's, so might have been her being when she lived. More tellingly the ASI slab at the entrance of the tomb informs that the tomb is that of Mariam Zamani, a princess of Amber who married Akbar and later gave birth to Jahangir.
 So was the Akbar-Jodha hyphenation indeed romance or was it another instance of virtue having been made out of necessity? Well, how one wishes our history was less ambivalent...
 (Tuhin A Sinha is the author of That Thing Called Love and 22 Yards)

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Re: Jodha-Akbar- was it really love?

Post by riyya6 on 2013-07-02, 06:13

tfs :) 

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Post by Shesherkobita on 2013-07-02, 06:23

Nice ...
Irrespective of what actual history was, whether it was just a political move or not... She must've had tremendous influence on him...as mother of his SON and as a powerful member of his court. He favored her over others, thats equivalent to love for the Middle Ages. There has to be some fire where there is smoke... All these stories must have a grain of truth somewhere!

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Post by Abavi on 2013-07-02, 08:18

Shesherkobita wrote:Nice ...
Irrespective of what actual history was, whether it was just a political move or not... She must've had tremendous influence on him...as mother of his SON and as a powerful member of his court. He favored her over others, thats equivalent to love for the Middle Ages. There has to be some fire where there is smoke... All these stories must have a grain of truth somewhere!

 True Sabi, it should have all started with some political benefits... But being the mother of Akbar's successor cannot be the only reason why Jodha was so influential... May be she was a very able planner, But still he should have admired her capabilities to give her a power to pass decree that only he himself can pass...

When there were too many wives, the affection would have been split.. but Akbar should have found the soul mate in Jodha... a truthful, compassionate companion in her, with whom he could have removed the masks of being a emperor and be himself!

He found a equal in her...

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