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Muhammad Shah III Lashkari or Shamsuddin Muhammad Shah III was the sultan of the Bahmani Sultanate from 1463 to 1482.

Muhammad Shah III Lashkari
13th Sultan of the Bahmani Sultanate
PredecessorNizam-Ud-Din Ahmad III
SuccessorMahmood Shah Bahmani II
RegentMahmud Gawan
Died26 March 1482
FatherHumayun Zalim Shah
MotherMakhduma-e-Jahan Nargis Begum


Muhammad Shah III was 8 or 9 years old when he ascended the throne on 30 July 1463 on the death of his brother, Nizam-Ud-Din Ahmad III.[1]


Mahmud Gawan was appointed vizier and served as one of the regents under Makhduma-e-Jahan Nargis Begum.[2] With Gawan, Muhammad Shah subjected most of the Konkan and defeated the Gajapati Kingdom in 1470, thus securing the west coast trade until the arrival of the Portuguese. At the same time, standard measurements and valuations of agricultural land were introduced, along with other policies to unify the sultanate. Unfortunately, these actions upset many powerful people who convinced Muhammad Shah III to execute Mahmud Gawan in 1481.[1]


Soon after the death of Gawan, the sultan himself died of remorse on 26 March 1482.[3] He was succeeded by his son, Mahmood Shah Bahmani II.


  1. ^ a b Srivastava, A.L.; Allchin, Frank Raymond; et al. "Bahmanī consolidation of the Deccan". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  2. ^ Agnihotri, V. K. (2000). Indian History With Objective Questions and Historical Maps. New Delhi: Allied Publishers Private Limited. p. B-137. ISBN 9788184245684. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. ^ Bürgel, Johann Christoph (1988). The Feather of Simurgh : The "Licit Magic" of the Arts in Medieval Islam. New York: New York University Press. p. 68.
Preceded by
Nizam-Ud-Din Ahmad III
Bahmani Shah
Succeeded by
Mahmood Shah Bahmani II