Jallaudin Akbar ruled some parts of India. During his empire he had Delhi (Modern day state) as his capital, but it was known by some other name.

What was the name that was used for the capital during the time that Akbar ruled?

  • Are you asking because you know the answer or because you don't? Many of your questions sound like quiz questions. Also, please add links to Wikipedia pages of Akbar etc. for those who are unfamiliar with this Indian king. Nov 17, 2012 at 6:44
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    I know the answer when I was small but I forgot now and couldn't recall though. That's not my problem if my questions sounds like a quiz for you. My aim here is to share and gain knowledge and not to do something else. Yeah, here is the link for this unfamiliar king (as u mentioned) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar
    – Neocortex
    Nov 17, 2012 at 6:54
  • coleopterist --I don't think we should ask people to add wiki links to their questions unless of course they are questioning material on the wiki itself. Though I am happy to have a community discussion for this on the meta. @Balaji he is right on one count though --the question definitely can be improved. Sadly I have no edit privileges.
    – Apoorv
    Nov 17, 2012 at 13:53
  • Akbar did not rule some part of India but a large swathes of the Indian subcontinent.
    – PravinCG
    Nov 18, 2012 at 13:51
  • @MonsterTruck I'm not saying that people should do anything. It's usually helpful though. While Akbar might have been a famous king in India, I dare say that he is not all that well known outside the country. In any event, looking up the Wikipedia pages of both Akbar and Delhi would have answered this consequentially off-topic question. Nov 19, 2012 at 6:10

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Delhi#Early_history shows that the city was called Delhi (or Dilli) at least since the 12/13th century.

Therefore, when Akbar assumed throne in 1556, the city would have been called Delhi.

There are however more concrete sources than this simple extrapolation. Humayun Nama refers to the city as Delhi. You can read it here.


I am not exactly sure but I remember the media (in India) addressing Delhi as "HASTHINA". Is that what you are looking for ?

  • No, I got the answer but I have to verify it.
    – Neocortex
    Jan 24, 2013 at 6:22

hmmm....i think "indraprasta" was the older name of delhi. But am not clear whether the name changed or not, during the period of akbar.

  • Indraprashta was not Delhi but close to Delhi in current day state of Haryana.
    – PravinCG
    Nov 18, 2012 at 13:51
  • Yes. That is correct. @PravinCG
    – Apoorv
    Nov 19, 2012 at 16:01

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