Shah Jahani Gate interior view

Historical note. It is believed that on his ascension, Shah Jahan changed the name of Agra to Akbarabad after his beloved grand father Akbar. This however is not mentioned in contemporary histories. However large number of coins in gold and silver bear testimony to the change of the name of Agra to Akbarabad. The legends on the gold coins of Shah Jahan are as follows: In a circle with dotted circle outside: in two lines formed in Nasta'liq script Kalima in the centre and on the border Basidq-i-Abi bakr wa adl-i-Umar; bazirm-i-Uthman wa ilm-i-Ali A.H. 1040 (AD 1630-31) in third Regnal year. On the other side Shahabu'd-Din Muhammad Shah Jahan Sahib Qiran-i-thani Darb-i-Akbarabad.

Then there are coins of A.H. 1042 Regnal year 5. A.H. 1043 of 6th Regnal year and of A.H. 1064 of 28th Regnal Year (1653-54 AD). Akbarabad remained popular upto 20th century AD. The celebrated Urdu poet, Ghalib was born at Akbarabad.

Shah Jahani Gate interior view