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HH Nizam Ul Mulk Asaf Jah I

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Born 20 August 1671 Agra, Mughal India
Died 1 June 1748 (age 76) Burhanpur
Reign 31 July 1724 – 1 June 1748

‘The star of destiny shines on the forehead of your son,’ proclaimed Emperor Aurangzeb to the proud father, and chose the name Mir Qamaruddin Khan for the future Nizam.

Nizam ul Mulk Asaf Jah I laid the foundation of the Hyderabad State, and his vast kingdom eventually extended over the entirety of the Indian peninsula, from the river Tapti in Central India to the frontiers of Karnataka in the South. He remained a loyal ruler with great integrity by always acknowledging the supremacy of the Mughal throne in Delhi. A wise administrator, he fulfilled his creative calling by penning countless poems in Persian and Turkish, under the names ‘Shakir’ and ‘Asif’.

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