From Shah Jahan to Akbar, the reign of Mughal was reached on zenith. That was the golden era of India when people used to live with peace and relevance. In terms of constructions, various roads were built and hundreds of historical buildings have been constructed during it. On the other side, the arts and crafts were absolutely shaped. Well, all these improvements were slightly sloping down when Shah Jahan got ill in 1657 for long time and he shifted the entire responsibility of Mughal Empire in the hands of his son Aurangzeb.
But unfortunately, Aurangzeb was the irresponsible and cunning man. As he entered into its dynasty, he eliminated his brothers and put away his ailing father into a jail. He immediately declared himself as an emperor and issued new policies and rules to the people. Being a shai Muslim, he was so rude with the Hindus. After the slave of eighty years, Shah Jahan left his last breath when Aurangzeb was the throne. For the sake of love and affection with his father, he buried the remains of Shah Jahan, next to Mumtaz Mahal with whom he loved by the bottom his heart. She was the beloved companion of Shah Jahan. He wrote “so let his last resting place be close to hers.”
And then, the empire was crumbled when Aurangzeb was died in 1707 and buried into a tomb located by a road close to Taj Mahal. By now, he was eighty nine years old. The governance of Aurangzeb was strained which indicates a sign of disaster. Just after him, Agra was dominated by several Mughals dynasties until 19th century. A day came when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II was defeated and this empire was swapped by British.
For the sake of a throne, the purse of the earth was emptied of treasure
The reign of Mughals from Akbar to Shah Jahan had been an era of relative peace and unrivaled prosperity in India, a time when culture and the arts had flourished, dazzling cities had been constructed, roads for trade and war were built, government was structured, the economy reformed, agriculture promoted, religious tolerance fostered and rebellions scarce. But Shah Jahan's fifth and youngest son, Aurangzeb, had little interest in the arts ? he wasn't fond of poetry or music, and as a pious Moslem, painting was too irreligious for his tastes. He also disapproved of his father's lavish lifestyle,
accusing him of squandering the treasury on frivolous constructions.
When the emperor became seriously ill in 1657, Aurangzeb began a two-year-long maneuvering for power. By 1658, he had eliminated his brothers, declared himself emperor and imprisoned his ailing father. He immediately put an end to the patronage of court artists, and revoked many of the policies of religious tolerance that had been in place since Akbar's reign, hoping to impose orthodox Islam on all of India. A hero to the Muslims, he was an oppressor to the Hindus.
Shah Jahan died eight years after Aurangzeb took the throne. Acknowledging the deep love between his parents, Aurangzeb buried his father next to Mumtaz Mahal. "My father entertained a great affection for my mother;" he wrote, "so let his last resting place be close to hers." The emperor's cenotaph, placed to the side of his queen's, is the only apparent imbalance in the entire Taj Mahal complex.
Strained by a diminishing treasury and Aurangzeb's rigid governance, anarchy and dissension reigned, and the empire began to crumble. When Aurangzeb died at the age of eighty-nine in 1707, he was buried in a small tomb by the side of a road.
Between 1707 and 1748, more Mughals occupied the throne than during all the empire's earlier history. In 1739, Persian adventurers raided India and ransacked Delhi, marking the end of any unified Mughal state, and by the beginning of the 19th century India was ripe for conquest. The 19th and last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah II, was deposed by the British in 1858, and the British Raj replaced the Mughal dynasty.