Photographer's Note

The fort at Fatehpur Sikri was made by Emperor Akbar, undoubtedly the most brilliant of Mughal emperors, a genius of unparalleled intellect anywhere in history. A total illiterate, Akbar came to the throne as a teenager when his father, Humayun, fell from the staircase of his library. Akbar was soon challenged by civil turmoils as well as invasions and rebellions. He proved his mettle by the age of 24, having established a stable reign. He placated the war-like Rajput kingdoms by establishing diplomatic relations, appointing one defeated Rajput king his commander-in-chief and marrying his sister, and appointing another Hindu king his chief treasurer. A devout Muslim, he decreed that there will be no discrimination against any religion within his kingdom. On the year of the first milennium after Mohammed's death, Akbar invited representatives of all major religions on a year-long conference debating the positive and negative aspects of all religions, then ultimately he tried to make a religion by combining the best in each--D'in Ilahi. He was highly influenced by a poor muslim Sufi in the village right next to Fatehpur Sikri, in whose memory Akbar built a shrine, Selim Chisti, where the mystic lies buried.

The fort at Fatehpur Sikri has a mix of Islamic and Hindu architecture, molded together in an austere form.

This old man is one of the caretakers of the fort at Fatehpur Sikri.

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