Bagha Qaghan

Bagha Qaghan was the seventh ruler (587–589) of the Göktürks.[1] He may have been[2] the 'great kaghan' that was killed with an arrow by Persian commander Bahrām Chobin during the First Perso-Turkic War. He is given as Chǔluóhóu (处罗侯) in Chinese records, and as Šāwa, Sāva, or Sāba in Sasanian-based sources.[3] He was hunchback.[4]

Bagha Khagan
Battle of Bahram Chubina with Saveh shah.jpg
Shahnameh illustration of Bahram Chobin and Bagha Qaghan fighting
Qaghan of the First Turkic Khaganate
PredecessorIshbara Qaghan
SuccessorTulan Qaghan
SpousePrincess Qianjin (大义公主)
FatherIssik Qaghan


  1. ^ Bauer, Susan Wise (2010). The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-393-05975-5.
  2. ^ Iranica Bahram says 'great kaqan' without giving a name. Baumer,,2,pp99,174 says 'may have been' citing Al-Tabari who said 'highest kaghan'. Chavannes guessed 'Sogdian sub-king'. Litvinsky,,iii,369 has "Ch'u-lo". Sinor,,306 has 'Ni-li' (sic), following Sebeos who said 'Great King of the Turks'. The problem is to explain why the ruler of Mongolia would leave his realm to fight in Afghanistan.
  3. ^ Shahbazi, A. Sh. "BAHRĀM (2), (Section vii. Bahrām VI Čōbīn)". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  4. ^ Ahmet., Taşağil (1995–2004). Gök-Türkler. Atatürk Kültür, Dil, ve Tarih Yüksek Kurumu (Turkey). Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi. ISBN 975161113X. OCLC 33892575.


Bagha Qaghan
Preceded by Khagan of the Turkic Kaganate
Succeeded by