Koh-I-Noor

Posted by Freddy on Mar-28-2009

I have heard people say – “A Valentine dies with a Marriage”.

I don’t believe in it, the valentine in me grew stronger after my marriage and I owe to my beloved wife for fostering the lover in me. I loved her before marriage, but now besides loving, I admire and respect her.

‘She is the light of my life, without her, darkness is all I will have’.

I think I am getting too poetic. It was this poet in me who told her-

“Oh darling, you’re my Kohinoor, the most precious diamond I have.”

“Please! don’t call me Kohinoor. It brings bad luck with it.” She replied holding me close to her.

She was right, Koh-i-noor or the ‘mountain of light’ brings bad luck with it. Who ever has owned it was hunted by misery and hardship. Kohinoor has mysterious tales and legends coupled with it. Even the origin of Kohinoor is unclear. Some believe it to be 5000 years old and is the sacred stone, referred to as Syemanthaka in Hindu Mythology.

In ‘Baburnama’, Babur, the first mughal Emperor says that Kohinoor diamond belonged to a Raja of Malwa. Historical evidences suggest that it originated in Golconda, (in present Andhra Pradesh) and the diamond became the property of Kakatiya dynasty. The Thuglaqs attacked the Kakatiyas, raided their kingdom, ravished it and took the diamond with them to Delhi. The Thuglaqs were over thrown by the Lodis and the diamond became their property. After Lodis, Mughals owned the diamond. It is believed that Humayun, the Mughal ruler, was carried away by the beauty of Kohinoor. Soon he was overthrown by Sher Shah Suri because of the curse attached to the diamond. Sher Shah and his son too had a series of misfortunes and soon lost their kingdom to Humayun. Humayun had to lead a miserable life, till he regained power.

The Mughal emperors, Akbar the great and Jahangir, never dared to touch the diamond, even though it was their property( I feel they were not keen on getting overthrown ). Shah Jahan who succeeded Jahangir, brought the diamond into limelight again by placing it on his ornate peacock throne, but unfortunately he couldn’t sit on it and rule for long. He was over thrown and imprisoned by his own son Aurangazeb. Aurangazeb wisely removed it from the throne, to avoid further mishaps.

During the reign of Mughal emperor Muhammed Shah, Persian ruler Nadir Shah invaded Delhi, plundered it and massacred its inhabitants. The weak Mughals had no other options but to surrender. Nadir Shah was attracted by the peacock throne and Kohinoor and he took both these with him to Persia. Nadir Shah was soon killed by his own men and Kohinoor came into the hands of the Afghans. When the Afghan King Sha Shuja was overthrown, he was compelled to seek the help of Ranjith Singh, the king of Punjab, to regain his throne. He gifted the King of Punjab with Kohinoor for the help he had rendered.

After the second Anglo-Sikh war, Punjab was seized by British and Kohinoor was taken to Britain and was presented to Queen Victoria.

After drifting through streams of blood, Kohinoor is now resting in the ‘Tower of London’.

Now, I have got an advice to all the lovers- never call your beloveds ‘Kohinoor’ because they may know its history and the reaction may not be the same as you expect and the ‘valentine’ in you may die even before you get married.

I have to mention a personal experience of mine. I had a close friend during my academic days. He was the only friend I had, other than my wife. Once he bought a stone studded ring for his sweetheart, as a Valentine’s gift. In fact it was my wife’s selection and called it “Kohinoor”, just for fun. Believe me, he left us with the so called ‘Kohinoor’ and never returned.

We lost that friend for ever….!!! la jolla breast augmentation

  1. N J Said,

    Kinda romantic side in you… Great post there… Hope to see more of them…

    Cheers,
    N J `~`

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