According to Wikipedia:
Akbar was accorded the epithet "the Great" due to his many accomplishments, among which was his record of unbeaten military campaigns that both established and consolidated Mughal rule in the Indian subcontinent.
The cited reference for this claim is Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World by Lal, Ruby (2005). However, all that the linked Google Books excerpt states is:
Mughal histories speak of Akbar the Great and his many accomplishments.
The above sentence is unfortunately unclear and ambiguous.
I would like to know:
- When was he accorded his epithet? Did it happen during his lifetime?
- What was the actual epithet in Persian?