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Medieval History-Question 27

Dara Shikoh brother of Aurangzeb,Who got the Gita translated into Persian..

Important previous year paper gk questions with answers in English on Dara Shikoh, son of Shah Jahan and brother of Aurangzeb,Who got the Gita translated into Persian.

27. Who got the Gita translated into Persian?
A. Shah Jahan
B. Akbar
C. Murad
D. Dara Shikoh

Dara Shikoh

Note: Dara Shikoh, translated Gita into Persian. He was the younger brother of Aurangzeb, whom Aurangzeb defeated in the battle of Dharmat(1658).

Dara Shikoh also known as Dara Shukoh was born in Ajmer , the land of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, to whom, his father, Shah Jahan had prayed for a son. Dara Shikoh was the eldest son and heir-apparent of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. 

Dara was designated with the title Padshahzada-i-Buzurg Martaba(Prince of High Rank) and was favoured as a successor by his father and his older sister, Princess Jahanara Begum.

 Dara was a liberal-minded unorthodox Muslim as opposed to the orthodox Aurangzeb, younger brother of Dara. 

He authored the work The Confluence of the Two Seas, which argues for the harmony of Sufi philosophy in Islam and Vedanta philosophy in Hinduism. A great patron of the arts, music and dancing, a trait frowned upon by his younger sibling Muhiuddin, later the Emperor Aurangzeb. 

The 'Dara Shikoh' is a collection of paintings and calligraphy assembled from the 1630s until his death. It was presented to his wife Nadira Banu in 1641–42 and remained with her until her death , he was also more inclined towards philosophy and mysticism rather than military pursuits. 

 Dara Shikoh is also credited with the commissioning of several extremely beautiful , still in existence, examples of Mughal architecture – among them the tomb of his wife Nadira Begum in Lahore, the Shrine of Mian Mir also in Lahore, the Dara Shikoh Library in Delhi, the Akhun Mullah Shah Mosque in Srinagar in Kashmir and the Pari Mahal garden palace (also in Srinagar in Kashmir). 

 The library established by Dara Shikoh still exists on the grounds of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmiri Gate, Delhi, and is now run as a museum by Archaeological Survey of India after being renovated.


*This Question is a part of previous year paper gk questions on Medieval History of India.


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