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HH Asaf Jah III

Born 11 November 1768 Chowmahalla Palace (Khilwat), Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (now in Telangana, India)
Died 21 May 1829 (aged 61) Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (now in Telangana, India)
Reign 6 August 1803— 21 May 1829

Mir Akbar Ali Khan Sikander Jah was born in 1768, in Hyderabad, inheriting a prosperous state in 1803. His succession was ratified by the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II and his father’s titles were conferred upon him as well.

While the third Nizam maintained cordial ties with the British, he successfully recovered the territories between Ajanta and the river Godavari, including the mineral-rich region of Berar.

In 1806, Secunderabad was mapped out and named (after Sikander Jah) to station 5000 troops of the British Garrison, later growing to be the largest British cantonment in India. Locals started moving there, thus creating the ‘twin city’ of Secunderabad.

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