Aurangzeb was not anti-Hindu, but he banned prostitution and gambling

Sangh Parvivar has always tried best to vilify the powerful Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, as the staunchest anti-Hindu King, but his life was no more than a pious saint.

Aurangzeb’s full name was Abul Muzaffar Muhi-uddin Mohammed Aurangzeb, and he was born on November 3, 1618. His win over an elephant that had attacked him, got him much respect among his family members and the Mughal court. The win also got him the title ‘Bahadur’. Thereafter, his father, Shah Jahan, weighed him in gold and presented him gifts worth Rs 200,000. He was only 15 years old at the time.

Just after a year of that fight, Aurangzeb was given his first command, comprising 10,000 horses and 4,000 troopers

At the age of 18, Aurangzeb became viceroy of the Deccan.

It is well known that during his reign, he banned singing, dancing and playing musical instruments in his empire as it was against the Islamic teaching to which Aurangzeb followed very dearly

He never indulged with women outside marriage. Unlike other rulers, he only had one wife.

He was not anti-Hindu but kept changing his policies depending on the situation. He also made generous donations of jagirs to several temples to win the sympathies of his Hindu subjects.

Under his reign, censors were appointed to enforce morals, and laws were issued against prostitution, gambling, drinking and narcotics.

Aurangzeb was much into academics and religious education. His daily allowance was Rs 500, which he usually spent on educating himself more.

He built up his treasure with imposed taxes, but at his time, the nation was the richest in the world.

He never believed in spending royal money for frivolous expenditure, and thus, never built any monuments.

During his reign, he only got the Moti Masjid, two outer defence walls of Red Fort in Delhi.

The first prominent execution during his reign was that of his brother, Dara Shikoh

Aurangzeb also had his allied brother, Murad Baksh, held for murder, judged and then executed.