Originally posted by sashashyam
Look folks, you are all getting worked up for nothing. Kings in those days married several times for political reasons. Love was never in question. The Hindu kings could have many wives, and the Muslim ones were limited by their religion to four at a time, unless they divorced one and married one more.
Now as for Akbar, he must have been about 20 - he became Shahenshah at just 13 after the Emperor Humayun died in 1556. He would definitely have already been married - he mentions one Begum Rukiya when he talks to his mother Hamida Banu - and it would not be surprising if his wife was expecting a child. He might have had other mistresses in his harem as well. These were the facts of life in those days with kings.
But as he himself tells Sharifudding, he has NEVER been in love with any of them. He thinks it is because he has no dil, but of course it is because he has not yet met the right girl, Jodha.
When he falls in love with her, he will finally realise what it means to belong to one person body and soul, and she will be the be all and end all of his life. It was the same with Shahjehan and Mumtaz Mahal later. This was so rare in a king, who had the world at his feet, that it is truly remarkable, and much more admirable than in an ordinary person.
The last point. Salim, who later became the Emperor Jahangir, was Jodha's son, and Akbar's only son. The mother of the heir apparent is the Malika-e-Hindustan. So there is no confusion there. All it means is that Rukiya's child was a daughter.
So please do not get upset about Akbar's earlier marriage and even his having children with his other wives. These things were normal then and accepted by all the queens. But Jodha was the only one he loved. plus she was the mother of the heir.The other queens thus ranked automatically below her.
Does that make you all feel better?
Thanx God kisi ko yah an par yaad aya k this is an historical fiction Jis Mae we can't change the facts.