''Queen Chand''

Illustration by Edmund Dulac



The subject of this illustration - Queen Chand (1550-1594) - is one of the heroines of the Deccan (a region containing much

of central and southern India).


The following comments from Cecily Cowley's Tales of Ahmednagar provide an overview of her life and influence:


Born at Ahmednagar, she was the daughter of King Husain, and the sister of Murtaza

and his brother Burhan II, both kings of Ahmednagar. In 1564 she was married to

Ali Adil Shah, king of the sister kingdom of Bijapur, and on his death was regent for

four years for his nephew Ibrahim. She was also aunt to Ismail and Ibrahim, kings of

Ahmednagar, and was related to many other of the ruling houses of the Deccan.

Descendant of a line of able kings, she inherited their intellect and ability. During her

married life she was the constant companion of her husband in all his doings, and

was present at the battle of the Hukeri, when Ram Raja was defeated and slain.

Thereafter during a tour of several years in which her husband was engaged in the

settlement and pacification of the territories which had fallen to him under the terms

of partition, by her tact and charm she was of great value in securing the loyalty of

the Chieftains of the Beydurs and other spirited tribes.


After her husband's death, her personal heroism and generalship during the seige of

Bijapur (approx. 1582) undoubtedly saved that city from capture, and in 1590, at

the siege of Ahmednagar, her dauntless courage saved the fort from the Moghuls.


Her wisdom and self-reliance, her pure administration and noble deed in critical days

deserve their lasting place in the people's affection.



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