So, as I mentioned earlier, there aren’t enough resources that can tell about the history of Azim Khan’s tomb. Whatever I could dip out after spending some time online, it was a little confusing and there’s always a sense of doubt. Yet, there has to be something to focus and that’s what I had done. In most of the blogs and websites that I visited, it has been mentioned that Azim Khan was a general in the Mughal army during Akbar’s rule and that Akbar titled him as Akbar meaning magnificent. Thus, he was also known as Akbar Khan though I don’t know if it is true or not.
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Adham Khan was general during Akbar’s regime. Akbar killed him on charges of betrayal as he killed Atagah Khan. Adham Khan’s tomb is located in Mehrauli. So, probably, after killing Adham Khan, Akbar appointed Azim Khan as the general. Well, maybe or may not be. When Akbar sent Adham Khan to capture Malwa which was ruled over by Baz Bahadur, Adham Khan not only captured Malwa but also killed everyone and captured all the ladies and his ruthlessness concerned Akbar. Thus, Akbar proceeded to Malwa to stop Adham Khan and Azim Khan led the troop. This is where he comes into the picture. He defeated Adham Khan and as per the records, he was given the title Akbar meaning magnificent though some historians state the meaning of Azim was magnificent.
Sufi Saint Salim Chishti blessed Akbar and his son was born whom he named Salim in the honor of the Sufi Saint. If the records are to be believed, Saint Salim Chishti and Akbar met on the hill in Agra. The emperor later built the Saint’s tomb in his new capital city Fatehpur Sikri. When Akbar died, Azim Khan continued to be the Mughal court’s nobleman to Jahangir and served. Later, he became a devotee of Hazrat Nizamuddin. Legends have it that the Sufi saint appeared in Azim Khan’s dreams and asked him to give up the path of violence. Thus, he gave up everything following the teachings of the Sufi Saint. He became spiritual and left everything.
People would come to Azim Khan to seek guidance. He would tell them the solution. He used to do penance and he had a hard time dealing with the situation where he was surrounded by people. Thus, he built himself a residence at the top of a hill. Back then, it was hard to climb the hill where today Azim Khan’s tomb is based. He himself got this tomb or residence built on the top of a hill so that people could be prevented and he would stay in solace. Only a few were able to reach the top.
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