Afzal Khan slaughtered his 63 wives when he went to fight Shiva ji Maharaj

Indian history contains the names of many important and glorious dynasties, and one of these was the Bahmani Empire, which also included the Bijapur Sultanate. A prominent ruler of this empire was Afzal Khan, during whose reign many important events took place. But at the same time, an incident surprised people, in which Afzal Khan killed all 63 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s wives before going to war against him. It is believed that an astrologer had predicted that he would not return. A video of 63 graves is going viral on social media.

When Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was continuously moving ahead with the dream of Swaraj in his hands and defeating the invaders, the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb got very scared. In 1658, Aurangzeb was continuously putting pressure against Adil Shahi. To wage war against Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and defeat him. Adil Shahi’s General Afzal Khan was very convinced and asked him to go to war against Shivaji Maharaj.

Afzal Khan was a person who blindly believed in omens. The death of 63 of his wives can be attributed to one of these omens. Before going to war, an astrologer had predicted that Afzal Khan would not return from the war and would be killed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. After hearing the omen, Afzal Khan blindly believed the prophecy and killed all his 63 wives because he feared that after his death his 63 wives would marry someone else.

Today, 63 graves of 63 wives of Afzal Khan are located in Sattha Kabar, Bijapur. These were 63 elite women of Bijapur, wives of Afzal Khan. Their wives are buried only 5 km from Bijapur at a site that now bears nominal testimony to the Oxoricide – Saat Kabar (60 graves). Ironically, the grave the general built for himself, who wanted to be close to his wives in life and death, is located next to a one-acre cemetery surrounded by sorghum fields.

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