1528 - 1586
Birbal  Indian Poet

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First Name Birbal
Birthday 30th November, 1527
Birthplace Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh
Died 1586
Place of Death Swat valley, present-day Pakistan
Nationality Indian
Occupation Text Main advisor in the Mughal court of Emperor Akbar
Occupation Poet

Birbal (born Mahesh Das; 1528–1586), or Raja Birbal, was a Hindu Brahmin advisor and main commander (mukhya senapati) of army in the court of the Mughal emperor, Akbar. He is mostly known in the Indian subcontinent for the Folk Tales which focus on his wit. Birbal was appointed by Akbar as a Minister (Mantri) and used to be a Poet and Singer in around 1556–1562. He had a close association with Emperor Akbar and was one of his most important courtiers, part of a group called the navaratnas (nine jewels of Akbar). In 1586, Birbal led an army to crush an unrest in the north-west Indian subcontinent where he was killed along with many troops in an ambush by the rebel tribe. He was the only Hindu to adopt Din-i Ilahi, the religion founded by Akbar.

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