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Raja Man Singh
Raja Man Singh of Amber
The Mughal aristocracy played a vital role in the establishment of the Mughal Empire on a firm footing. It not only contributed to the strengthening of the empire but it also helped in setting up a sound Mughal administration. Raja Man Singh of Amber was an important member of Mughal aristocracy. The history of Akbar’s reign will rather be incomplete without a detailed knowledge of the contributions of Raja Man Singh not only to expansion of the Mughal Empire but also to the enrichment of the art and architecture of the period.
Parentage of Raja Man Singh
There was a wide difference of opinion amongst historians about the parentage of Raja Man Singh. Some of the contemporary Muslim historians were of the opinion that Man Singh was the son of Raja Bhagwan Das while others believed that Raja Bhagwant Das was the father of

Raja Man Singh. The European historians like V.A. Smith and H. Blochman affirm that Man Singh was the adopted son of Raja Bhagwan Das. It has now been conclusively proved on the basis of all the relevant sources – Persian, Sanskrit, Hindi, numismatic and epigraphic – that Man Singh was the eldest son of Raja Bhagwant Das and grandson of Raja Bharamal of Amber.
Early life of Raja Man Singh
Raja Man Singh was born on Sunday, Paus Budi 13 V.S. 1607 i.e. 21st December, 1550 A.D. His mother’s name was Rani Bhagwati Pawar, the chief wife of Raja Bhagwant Das. On the birth of Kunwar Man, the astrologers sounded an ominous note that the newly born baby was likely to fall in trouble on account of the influence of some evil stars. They further advised the Raja that in order to ward off the danger, special arrangements for the Kunwar’s stay should be made at a place away from Amber for a period of twelve years. Thereupon Raja Bharamal got a palace built for Man Singh at Muzzamabad which lay forty miles south of Amber. Kunwar Man lived in the new palace at Muazzamabad for a period of twelve years under the

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