Mahidevran was a chief consort of Suleiman the Magnificent before Hürrem Sultan and the mother of Şehzade Mustafa. Mahidevran’s name means “one whose beauty never fades” Some sources named her Gülbahar which means “Rose of spring”. she was second in ranking in the Harem after Valide sultan. she was supplanted as a favorite by Hürrem Sultan, when Suleiman stopped paying attention to Mahidevran and dedicated his full affection towards Hürrem who now became his favorite and later on his legal wife. Little is known of Mahidevran’s early life According to some historian, she was of Circassian origin. Some says that she belonged to Cremia. According to a few historians, she was from Albania And other says that in around 1500, she was born in Montenegro. She was listed among the seventeen women of the harem of Suleiman while he was governor of Manisa When Mustafa was born in 1515, Mahidevran became Suleiman’s favorite. When Sultan Selim I died in 1520, Prince Suleiman became new Sultan. Mahidevran along with his son moved to Istanbul. In 1521, Suleiman lost his two other sons, now Mustafa became the eldest of his princely generation. Now Mahidevran became the second powerful woman of Harem after Valide Sultan. Meanwhile, in 1521, Hurrem gave birth to Mehmet, destroying Mahidevran’s status of being the mother of the Sultan’s only son. Now, Hurrem became Suleiman’s favorite. In 1524, Hürrem Sultan gave birth to another son named Selim There was a strict rule in the harem, “One consort – one son” which Hurrem violated by having another son. Now that Hurrem had two sons it made it more likely that she would become the Valide Sultan. Now, Sultan tilted more towards Hurrem. With the passage of time, rivalry between two women increased immensely. It is said that the rivalry increased so much between two women that one day they fought with each other. Mahidevran beat Hürrem, when Sultan came to know this, he got angry with Mahidevran. Source said that Suleiman highly cherished Mahidevran along with Hürrem till 1526. After 1526 Suleiman abandoned Mahidevran completely and gave full attention to Hurrem. In 1533, according to Ottoman traditions when Shehzade Mustafa was sent as Governor to Manisa, his mother as per same tradition also travelled with him. Shortly after Mahidevran’s departure, Sultan Suleiman married Hürrem. In 1541, Mustafa was appointed to govern Amasya , his mother also travelled with him. Mahidevran was chief of Mustafa’s harem. Mahidevran renovated the mosque founded by Hafsa Sultan at Manisa. She also multiple charitable foundations at both Konya and Amasya. In 1553 or 1554, when Sultan Suleiman executed his son Mustafa because he was accused of being planning of becoming Sultan. Mahidevran along with his son’s dead body exiled to Bursa, where he was buried. Mahidevran had a misrible life in Bursa. Sometimes, she even did not have enough money to pay rent of her house. After Sueliman’s death when Selim II became new Sultan, he paid all debts of Mahidevran and a house was purchased for her, Sultan Selim gave back Mahidevan her status & wealth which were taken by Sultan Sulieman in his tenure Selim II also built tomb of his brother Mustafa, whom he loved too much. Due to these acts of Selim II, Mahidevran had some relief during remaining days of her life. Mahidevran passed away on 3 February 1581 in Bursa. She was buried beside his son Shezade Mustafa.