Original name: Vijaypur Sikri

Name as a symbol of Islamic atrocities: Fatehpur Sikri

Around 27 kilometers from Agra’s beautiful Taj Mahal, lies the magnificent and historic city of Fatehpur Sikri. What we have been taught in our history classes is that this beautiful city called Fatehpur Sikri was built between 1571 and 1585 by the Mughal emperor Akbar.

However, the walls and palaces of Fatehpur Sikri stand as silent witnesses to a bygone era much before the times of Akbar. The walls, corridors, and large building complexes have clearly visible tell-tale signs of different history that is contradictory to today’s textbooks. This city was once known as Vijaypur Sikri and belonged to the Rajput kings of Mewar.

It is said that Akbar had “conceptualized” the idea of Fatehpur Sikri in 1569, and two years later in 1571 he started the construction. The city was built within a short span of just 14-15 years. The historian V. A. Smith mentions in his translations of Abu-I Fazl that Akbar moved his capital to Fatehpur Sikri in 1571, which at that time would have been a small and quiet village surrounded by deserts.

In Sanskrit ‘sikta’ means sand. Also, a place in Rajasthan called “Sikar” that lies midway between Agra and Bikar gets its name from the sandy desert that surrounds it.

“Fateh” in Persian means victory and “pur” means town or city. However, during the time of the Maharana Sangram Singh of Mewar, this city was called Vijaypur Sikri or the land of victory.

So, why did the terrorist Akbar build such a broken cracked and dysfunctional palace and city and then abandon it? It is said that Akbar lived at Fatehpur Sikri from 1571-1585. Why did he suddenly abandon his magnificent and grandiose capital city, if he had built it?

This was because Fatehpur Sikri was built on barren land which suffered from sparsity of water. The Anup Talao had dried up, and the held water scarcity caused this great builder/architect/visionary to abandon the city; which according to Abu-I Fazl held not just sacred and sentimental value, but also cost the empire time and money. Did the great Moghul emperor forget about due diligence before venturing into building the greatest monuments of his reign?

Battle marks found on the walls of Fatehpur Sikri to this very day are proofs of the great and bloody battle fought between the armies of the fanatic Babur and the brave Indian King Rana Sanga.

In his autobiography Tuzuk-I-Baburi, Babur describes in detail the city of Sikri, the fierce and gruesome battle fought between the Rajputs and the Mughals.

The autobiography also describes Rana Sangram’s valor and Rajput bravery, pride, and might.

A lot of Hindu style designs of elephants at the entrance gates (Hathi Pol), pillars for Hindu lamps or diyas or deepas (Deep Sthambhs), broken Hindu and Jain statues and idols, picture paintings, murals and other artifacts are evidence that were excavated by the ASI (Archeological Survey of India). This archeological and historical evidence inspire us to investigate further into the hidden past and true history of Vijaypur Sikri.

Muslims must realise how their Hindu forefathers – Kafirs – and their cultural heritage – Hindu Structures – were forcefully converted to Islam. And they must unite with Hindus to intensify the movement of reclaiming their cultural heritage back.

This article is authored by Prerna Thiruvaipati ji.

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