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Akbar the Great

Akbar the Great was born on 14 October 1542, at the Rajput Fortress of Umerkot in Sindh. He was the son of Humayun and his wife Hamida Banu Begum. Akbar was born at a time when his parents were in exile.

Akbar spent his entire childhood learning how to fight and hunt. He had no interests in learning how to read and write, however Akbar was the only Moghul Emperor who was illiterate and still had a penchant for knowledge.

Akbar was made king at the age of 13, after the death of his father. Akbar was with Bairam Khan at the time of his fathers passing and Bairam was made Regent, as Akbar was too young. On many occasions Bairam led campaigns on Akbar’s behalf to expand the kingdom.

Hemu, the Hindu minister of an Afghan Prince, Adil Shah, was waiting for a chance to defeat Akbar. Hemu attacked the Kingdom of Delhi and emerged victorious crowning himself ruler of Delhi.

Akbar launched a scathing attack in the Second Battle of Panipat. The two armies fought valiantly and it seemed as the Moghuls were fighting a losing battle until an arrow hit Hemus eye and fainted. Hemu’s men thought that he was dead and put down their weapons accepting defeat. Akbar became King again.

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