Adham Khan ?-1562 AD

Akbar's foster brother and general, he was the son of Mahim Anga, Akbar's nurse. Adham Khan became a general in Akbar's service, and after the latter got rid of Bairam Khan, his protector and leading general through the regency, Mahim Anga managed to persuade Akbar to appoint Adham in Bairam's place.


This is a purported portrait of Mahim Anga from



Keene, George (1894) An Oriental Biographical Dictionary p.34.  London: W.H. Allen & Co. Limited.




The account below is from Garbe, Richard von [1909]  Akbar, Emperor of India. Garbe quotes wheeler's monumental History of India

"The Emperor soon summoned his hot-headed foster-brother Adham Chân to court in order to keep him well in sight for he had counted often enough on Akbar's affection for his mother Mâhum Anâga to save him from the consequences of his sins. Now Mâhum Anâga, her son and her adherents, hated the grand vizier with a deadly hatred because they perceived that they were being deprived of their former influence in matters of state. This hatred finally impelled Adham Chân to a senseless undertaking. The embittered man hatched up a conspiracy against the grand vizier and when one night in the year 1562 the latter was attending a meeting of political dignitaries on affairs of state in the audience hall of the Imperial palace, Adham Chân with his conspirators suddenly broke in and stabbed the grand vizier in the breast, whereupon his companions slew the wounded man with their swords. Even now the deluded Adham Chân counted still upon the Emperor's forbearance and upon the influence of his mother. Akbar was aroused by the noise and leaving his apartments learned what had happened. Adham Chân rushed to the Emperor, seized his arm and begged him to listen to his explanations. But the Emperor was beside himself with rage, struck the murderer with his fist so that he fell to the floor and commanded the terrified servants to bind him with fetters and throw him head over heels from the terrace of the palace to the courtyard below. The horrible deed was done but the wretch was not dead. Then the Emperor commanded the shattered body of the dying man to be dragged up the stairs again by the hair and to be flung once more to the ground."