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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