You don’t have to turn to history books to remember the grandeur of the Mughals for they can be found in our architecture, literature, food and almost anything else. Let us take a walk down history to some details about the Mughals!
BABUR – THE BEGINNING
People remember Babur mostly for being the conqueror from Central Asia. Not many knew that he was a socialite and writing enthusiast. Although Babur was a descendant of Genghis Khan, he associated more with his Turk roots. It is clear that this Mongol lineage meant less to him than his paternal ancestry which linked him with the great Turkish conqueror, Timur.
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Akbar’s empire was larger than Ashoka’s. While he was known for his ambition and iron fist while ruling the Mughal Empire, even making it grow far and beyond any of his ancestors did but Akbar ‘The Great’ was believed to be dyslexic. Despite this, Akbar the Great is ranked as one of the top 25 Political Icons of History, according to Time Magazine.
THE GIFT OF ART
Mughals were gifted in their unique artistic skills. The Mughals had a painting style that drew inspiration from Indian and Persian art. During the reign of Akbar, Shah Jahan and Jahangir, art flourished in the Mughal Empire. Some notable works include Hamzanama, Khamsa of Nizami and Darab Nama.
MYSTERIES OF TAJ
The Taj Mahal changes its colour at noon, midnight and in morning. The reason can be attributed to the environment, the fact that the marble used is white and is shiny and reflective or just that there is some historic magic to it. There was a rumour that Shah Jahan wanted to build a black marble Taj Mahal opposite the white Taj Mahal. Most historians believe this was more myth than fact. Instead, they argue that the Black Taj Mahal was the reflection of the Taj Mahal in the Yamuna River at night. Due to the symmetry of the Taj Mahal, the reflection looks like an identical, black version of the Taj Mahal.
The Urdu language was extensively developed under the Mughals. As Islam spread across India and neighbouring areas, the Urdu language spread with it, coming into increased contact with other languages, such as Arabic and Persian. The spread of both Islam and Urdu surged during the Mughal Empire.