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Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana (Step son of Salima Sultan Begum)

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Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana

Abdul Rahim or Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana (also spelled Khan-e-Khana) was one among the nine important minister (nine gems, navaratnas) in the Mughal court of Akbar. He was also a poet who had written many astrological books. He was born on 17th December, 1556 in Lahore in Pakistan.

Abdul Rahim was given the title of ‘Mirza Khan’.

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Abdul Rahim was the son of Bairam Khan, who was the trusted military general, and guardian of Akbar. His mother was the Jamal Khan’s daughter. He was married to Mah Banu.

Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana was also the step son of Salima Sultan Begum. Salima Begum was the second wife of Bairam Khan.

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After the death Bairam Khan in 1561, Rahim was brought to the royal court of Akbar and Salima Begum was married to Akbar. Thus, Rahim became the step-son of Akbar.

Rahim was also an admirer of Lord Sri Krishna and written some poems which are dedicated to Krishna.

Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana was a kind hearted person. He is popularly known for doing works of charity for the benefit of poor people. Even the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar had high regard for Rahim.

Abdul Rahim had translated the Baburnama and written various Dohas. He had very good command over Sanskrit language, and had sound knowledge of astrology. He had written astrological books such as ‘Dwa Wishd Yogavali’ and Khet Kautukam. The dohas of Rahim are widely studied in schools of India.

Abdul Rahim was died in 1626. During his lifetime, in 1598, he had built a tomb for his wife. After his death, his body was also buried in it.

Suggested External Readings: Wikipedia on Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana

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