THE ACTUAL DATE OF DEATH OF AMANAT KHAN SHERAZI – ALIVE ON 14TH RABI UL AWWAL 1057 WITH NOTATION.
History does not record the date of death of Amanat Khan Sherazi. It is generally taken to be 1055 or 1056 AH, but in reality, it is not known. A newly discovered manuscript has the date 14th Rabi ul Awal 1057 on the colophon, that means he was alive by that date. Also, on the Eastern gateway of the Taj Mahal, his inscription records date year of 1057.
Wayne Begley, an authority on Amanat Khan Sherazi writes:
“The exact date of Amanat Khas death is unknown, although the official history of Shah Jahan’s reign, the Badshah nama, states that he died in the Emperor’s eighteenth year, that is sometime between August 1644 (1055) and July 1645 (1056).”
Wayne Begley also asserts that:
“I believe that the calligraphy on the Taj gateway, dates to 1057/1647, was completed by another unnamed calligrapher, after Amanat Khan’s death.”
It seems that is not so, for a colophon on a manuscript clearly states 14th Rabi ul Awwal, 1057. Certainly, alive by that date.