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Diwali, a festival for Delhi Sultans

Hindustan Times | ByMadhulika Dash
Nov 23, 2015 06:58 PM IST

Modern-day Diwali celebrations have roots in Mughal history – and can be traced even further back to the Delhi Sultans.

Muhammad Shah, Mughal emperor from 1719 to 1748, paced the room, deep in thought. Dressed in a peshwaz (lady’s tunic) and pearl-embroidered mojiris, Shah had just ordered his fifth bida of paan and cup of opium-laced Shiraz from Gulab Bai, the apple of his eye.

Royal rituals: A Mughal princess and her ladies celebrate Diwali in a palace garden with yogis and yoginis. (Photo by CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images)(Print Collector/Getty Images)
Royal rituals: A Mughal princess and her ladies celebrate Diwali in a palace garden with yogis and yoginis. (Photo by CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images)(Print Collector/Getty Images)
Fatehpuri ram setu: Akbar had the Ramayana translated into Persian and illustrated with 176 paintings depicting the epic, with the palace of Fatehpur Sikri as the backdrop. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)
Fatehpuri ram setu: Akbar had the Ramayana translated into Persian and illustrated with 176 paintings depicting the epic, with the palace of Fatehpur Sikri as the backdrop. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)
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