Category Archives: Historical Accounts

The Khilji-Allauddin Khilji

“The Khilji dynasty was named after a village in Afghanistan. Jalal-ud-din Khilji overthrew Balban’s successors and founded the Khilji Dynasty, which ruled large parts of South Asia between 1290 and 1320. His own nephew and son-in-law Alauddin Khilji, killed Jalal-ud-din … Continue reading

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Dargah Qadam Shareef

  Inner Tomb Complex . The Dargah Qadam Sharif in Paharganj, Delhi consists of a small tomb complex, built in 1375-1376 CE, it also houses a mosque, a madrasa and a shrine (“dargah”), which is surrounded by a massive gated … Continue reading

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Afsarwala (?) Mosque and Tomb Complex

Afsarwala Mosque & Tomb Complex. Afsarwala Mosque and Tomb Complex 1803 Painting Mosque of Afsarwala Tomb of Afsarwala Internet The mosque sits on a raised platform, to the southwest of Humayun’s Tomb. The tomb adjacent to the mosque is better … Continue reading

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Madhi Masjid and Baagh e Naazir-Delhi

I chanced upon Madhi Mansjid whils I was looking for Baagh e Naazir. Little did I know that the area has now been taken over by Ashoka Mission, a Buddhist organization. Baagh e Naazir (“Garden of Nazir”) was built by … Continue reading

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Tales of Lost Pride

Article taken in toto from Internet Living a `lost’ legacy Of the many descendants of the Moghuls living in Hyderabad are Begum Laila Umhani and her sister Husn Jahanara Begum and their families. Shorn of any royal or political patronage, … Continue reading

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Jehangir-The Curious Emperor (From Jahangir-Nama)

Jahangir Jehangir can be called the first scientist emperor (and only) of India. He had child like enthusiasm to discover something new and keenly observed nature and animals. Jehangir’s temperament for discovering new things and new facts was unmatched. He … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Talkatora

Remnants of Talkatora Photo Credit-Monika Bradoo Talkatora Bagh/Garden is a Mughal-era Garden situated on the Mother Teresa Crescent (previously Wellingdon Crescent) in New Delhi. In ancient times, it used to be a tank and a Swimming pool. The Marathas defeated … Continue reading

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Khwajasara’s of Jahangir and Shahjahan

1. Khwajasara Aitbar Khan and his tomb 2. Khwajasara Firuz Khan and his tomb Aitbar Khan literally means-a trustworthy man. Perhaps this was the reason why Khwajasara Aitbar Khan was given the responsibility to manage the royal harem of Jahangir, … Continue reading

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‘Abdu’n Nabi’–At the court of Akbar

Akbar showed great respect for the two leading religious leaders at the court, Makhdum-ul-Mulk and Shaikh Abdul Nabi. Makhdum-ul-Mulk, who had been an important figure during the reign of the Surs, became even more powerful in the early days of … Continue reading

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Inside a Harem – Dar Harem Awurd-Dar Nikah Awurd

Dar Nikah Awurd (brought into the legal wedlock) and Dar Harem Awurd (admitted to the harem) these were used in order to indicate the manner in which particular women were admitted into the Harem, as the number of legally wedded … Continue reading

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