Emir Mirza Chul Gurna (1592-1656) of India was the son of wealthy Armenian merchant Mirza Iskenderian. He was a senior officer in the Mughal army during the latter’s invasion of India under Emperor Akbar. He led the Mughal army in many victories. Gurna was a governor (Bengal and Lahore), senior government and military officer. An extremely rich man, he was also a benefactor, poet, and singer. Among his many benevolent works for Armenians, he donated 6,000 rupee to the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem. His contemporaries said that the Mughal emperors owed thousand battle victories to Emir Mirza Chul Ghurna.

Emir Mirza Chul Gurna (1592-1656) of India was the son of wealthy Armenian merchant Mirza Iskenderian. He was a senior officer in the Mughal army during the latter’s invasion of India under Emperor Akbar. He led the Mughal army in many victories. Gurna was a governor (Bengal and Lahore), senior government and military officer. An extremely rich man, he was also a benefactor, poet, and singer. Among his many benevolent works for Armenians, he donated 6,000 rupee to the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem. His contemporaries said that the Mughal emperors owed thousand battle victories to Emir Mirza Chul Ghurna.

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