|Subah of the Mughal Empire|
|29,340 km2 (11,330 sq mi)|
• Conquered by Mughal emperor Akbar the Great
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The Berar Subah was one of the Subahs (imperial first-level provinces) of the Mughal Empire, the first to be added to the original twelve, in Dakhin (Deccan, central India) from 1596 to 1724. It bordered Golconda, Ahmandagar (both conquered 1601), Kandesh and Malwa subahs as well as the independent and tributary chiefdoms to the east.
According to the Ain-i-Akbari, the original name of Berar was Waradatat (the banks of Varada River).
Before the Mughal occupation, Berar was part of the Nizam Shahi sultanate of Ahmadnagar. It was ceded to the emperor Akbar by Chand Bibi in 1596, unable to stand against the imperial forces led by prince Murad. After this initial victory Prince Murad settled in Berar with Balapur as his headquarters. Near Balapur he founded a new city named Shahpur and constructed a beautiful palace for himself. As his relationship was deteriorating with Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan, the commander of the army, Akbar recalled Khan-i-Khanan and sent his trusted friend Abul Fazl to help him. Murad died in 1598. After his death, Prince Daniel was given the charge as governor of Berar, Ahmadnagar and Khandesh, Khan-i- Khanan was sent along with Daniel. Akbar died in 1605.
In 1611, the southern provinces of Ahmadnagar, Berar and Khandesh defied Mughal sovereignty under Malik Ambar. Jahangir sent Man Singh and others to crush the revolt. Man Singh died a natural death on 6 July 1614 at Ellichpur. During Jahangir’s rule, Malik Ambar till his death in 1626 recovered a substantial part of the Deccan from the Mughals including Berar. In 1628, the first year of reign of Shah Jahan, Berar again came under the Mughal sway.
In 1636, the Mughal possessions in Dakhin (Deccan) were divided into 4 Subahs. Berar was one of them with Ellichpur as its capital and Gavilgad as its main fort. Aurangzeb was appointed viceroy of four Deccan Subahs for the first time and he occupied the post for eight years (till 1644). He was again appointed viceroy for the second time in 1653 and he remained in that post till 1657. During Aurangzeb's reign, Berar was successively overrun by the Maratha rulers Shambhaji in 1680 and Rajaram in 1698. In 1720, Maratha Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath obtained the grant of the right to collect chauth and sardeshmukhi from Berar from the Mughal emperor.Royal title Mirza & Beg Bedar Bakht Mirza, son of padshah Mirza MohammedAzam Shah Mohammed Beg Feroz Bakht Mirza, son of Prince Bedar Bakht Mirza Bulaqui Mirza, son of Prince Mirza Feroz Bakht Bahaddur Aduli Mirza, son of Mirza Bulaqui Baig Bahaddur Sardar Baig Mirza, son of Aduli Baig Mirza Qadar Baig Mirza, son of Aduli Baig Mirza Hatam Baig Mirza, son of Sardar Baig Mirza Umrao Baig Mirza, son of Sardar Baig Mirza Hasan Baig Mirza, son of Umrao Baig Mirza Alam Baig Mirza, son of Hasan Baig Mirza MuqadderBaig Mirza, son of Hasan Baig Mirza His Highness Prince Dr. Hasan Baig Mirza, son of Muqadder Baig Mirza His Highness Prince Khaleeque Baig Mirza, son of Muqadder Baig Mirza His Highness Prince ADV. Wasique Baig Mirza, son of Muqadder Baig Mirza His Highness Prince Saquib AlamBaig Mirza, son of Muqadder Baig Mirza His Highness Prince ADV.
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In 1724, when Nizam-ul-Mulk Asaf Jah declared independence, the existence of Berar as a Mughal Subah came to an end. It became (though nominally) a part of Nizam's state.
Berar came under Mughal administration in 1596. Todar Mal's famous system known as bandobast was made applicable to the Berar Subah.
The area of the Berar Subah during Akbar's reign was 72,000 sq. miles. According to Ain-i-Akbari, its northern limit was Handia, the eastern limit was the fort of Vairagad near Bastar, the southern limit was Telangana and the western limit was Mahkarabad. Ellichpur was the capital of the Subah. The important forts of the Subah were Gawilgad, Narnala, Pavanar, Khedala, Manikdurg and Mahur. It was divided into 13 sarkars consisting of 242 parganas.
The sarkars and parganas of the Berar Subah (province) were:
|Sarkar (district)||No. of Parganas (tehsil)|
|Gavil||46; Ellichpur was the capital of Berar|
The jama (revenue assessed) from Berar in 1596 was 64,26,03,270 dams (Delhi). Land revenue formed the major part of the total income from the Subah. Other sources of income were zakat, customs, salt tax, khums, mint, currency, jizya, escheats, presents, octroi, tolls and tributes. The coins current were tanka-i-Barari, dam and Rupee. One tanka-i-Barari was equal to 16 Delhi dams (but later raised to 24 dams) or eight Delhi tankas.