Tomb of Sher Afghan in Bardhaman
According to the legends, Jehangir was greatly infatuated by seventeen year old Mehrunissa (meaning ‘sun among women’ in Persian), Sher Afghan’s wife who he had married in the year 1594 and after becoming the Emperor, Jehangir was anxious to bring her over to his harem. To add to this, in the year 1607, Sher Afghan revolted against Jehangir and certain other Mughal rules and to get control over the situation, Jahangir had deputed Kutubuddin as his Subedar to fight with Sher Afghan. Ultimately, both Kutubuddin and Sher Afghan were killed in a fatal duel in the year 1610 near the Burdwan Railway Station.
The tombs of both these men lie side by side beside the burial ground at Pir Baharam. Meherunnisa, the widow of Sher Afghan was later sent to Delhi and she married Jahangir in the year 1611. She later changed her name to Noor Jahan and became a powerful and charismatic Mughal empress who ruled India for quite a length of time.
The Tomb of Sher Afghan is a popular tourist spot in Bardhaman and quite a number of people visit the place during festive occasions. The place is a mere two and a half kilometres from the Bardhaman railway station and can make tourists revisit the regal and imperial era where the opulent charm and elegance of the Mughal history could captivate and dazzle the visitors.
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