Qudsia Bagh / The Story of Kohinoor the Blood Diamond! Part 1 of 2

 

Part 1 of 2 : In this episode we explore the Qudsia Bagh and it’s history and discuss about the story of the Koh-e-Noor before it was named so!

The Curse behind the Sparkle: Koh e Noor the blood diamond!

Muhammad Shah rangeeley re sajna, tum bin mai kaa kaari badariya nit naa suhaawe!!

Aurangzeb was the sixth Mughal emperor, and after his death in 1707, as many as six more emperors would sit on the Peacock throne in the next 12 years. On the 10th of September, we shall discuss the period under Mohammad Shah ‘Rangila’, the cultural rennaissance of Delhi, the aftermath of Nadir Shah’s invasion and also how it was the rise of a dowager queen and a powerful eunuch nawab who became the proxy rulers after Rangeela’s death. We will also trace the journey of the most cursed jewel, the ‘Koh-i-Noor’.

The baithak will cover

● Masjid, and structures inside the Qudsia Bagh.

● Discussion on decline and weakening of Mughal empire during the 18th century.

● The proxy rulers of Delhi : Qudsia Begum & Nawab Jawed Khan.

● Interesting stories of the Koh-i-Noor and it’s journey from the mines of South India, to the Peacock throne, to Nader Shah, to Ranjit Singh’s turban to Queen Victoria’s crown.

Join us in discussing this interesting period of history with walk leader Bela Upadhyay

Day & Date : Sunday, 10th September/2017.

Time : 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Venue : Qudsia Bagh. https://goo.gl/maps/aZ89kz2jAa92

Red Fort (Part 10) : Story – Mirza Kaimurs aur sher ki moochh ka baal ;) ;)

Red Fort (Part 10) : Story – Mirza Kaimurs aur sher ki moochh ka baal 😉

Red Fort (Part 9) : Story – Shahi bakaawal ki bahu aur ghode ki poonchh ka baal ;)

Red Fort (Part 9) : Story – Shahi bakaawal ki bahu aur ghode ki poonchh ka baal 😉

“Jali Shaakh Ke Parinde” : Stories of the Mughals post 1857 (Storytelling at Zafar Mahal)

Yet another beautiful evening spent with folks at Delhi Karavan, with such spellbinding storytelling… a heartfelt reconstruction of the plight of the Mughals post 1857! Join in for a dip into history as the gifted storyteller, Asif Khan Dehlvi , takes us down the lane to witness the untold chapter of the fall of the Mughal dynasty.. at Zafar Mahal – a mystical venue apt for such narratives.

Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb – Mehrauli Archaeological Park (Episode 3)

In this episode we visit the Mosque and Tomb of JAMALI-KAMALI.

Shaikh Fazlullah (pen name – Jamali) was a Sufi mystic, a poet and a traveller from the early 16th century. One of his known works include a book, a kind of biography of various Sufi saints of Medieval India. Jamali was also the court poet and teacher of Sikander Lodhi and also early Mughal rulers of medieval times.

Kamali is popularly believed to be a close companion of the Sufi saint.

This mosque is a very good example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the tomb still houses within the original colorful tile and plaster work from medieval times!

We also discuss about the recent controversies associated with this place and see glimpses of the royal burial adjoining this Sufi shrine.

Jamali-Kamali is also known to be one of the haunted places in Delhi, however, we didn’t sense anything ghostly during our visit that day ..luckily 🙂

Hope you’ll enjoy this episode. Happy Exploring!! 🙂