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The curse of the Koh-i-noor | Red Fort, Delhi

The Koh-i-noor diamond once adorned the magnificent Peacock throne at the Red Fort in Delhi. Today, it sits pretty on the British Queen’s crown in London. In its 700 years of documented history, the Koh-i-noor was coveted by the most powerful kings, has changed hands many times and has travelled half-way across the globe. And wherever it went, it toppled kingdoms, ended dynasties and left a trail of destruction in its wake. Is it any surprise that it acquired a reputation of being a cursed stone?

Watch this short video to follow the tumultuous journey of the sparkling diamond that literally means ‘mountain of light’.

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1. East India Company – By TRAJAN 117 This W3C-unspecified vector image was created with Inkscape . – Own work, based upon [1], CC BY-SA 3.0,

2. Amravati Marbles – By Ricardo Tulio Gandelman from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – P1050858Uploaded by Marcus Cyron, CC BY 2.0,

3. Amravati Marbles – By Gryffindor – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

4. Amravati Marbles – By Soham Banerjee –, CC BY 2.0,

5. Peacock Throne – By Unknown author – [1], Public Domain,

6. Koh-i-noor – By aiva. – This file has been extracted from another file: Replica of the Koh-i-Noor.jpg, CC BY 2.0,

7. Red Fort – By Hemant banswal – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

8. Shah Jahan – By Bichitr – Chester Beatty Library, Public Domain,

9. Diwan-i-khaas – By Ghulam ‘Ali Khan (fl.1817-1852) –, Public Domain,

10. Timur Ruby –

11. Daria-i-noor – By Unknown author – Collection of the national jewels of Iran at Central Bank of Islamic Republic of Iran, Public Domain,

12. Kakatiya Dynasty – By B.Sridhar Raju – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

13. Alauddin Khilji – By Unknown author – Copied from old school textbook of Afghanistan, Public Domain,

14. Babur – By Unknown author – Cropped from File:Babur.2.jpg, Public Domain,

15. Humayun – By LACMA –, Public Domain,

16. Nader Shah – By Unknown author – وبگاه تبیان, Public Domain,

17. Ahmad Shah Durrani – By Original drawing by ’Abd al-Ghafur Breshna, this painting by Tapand – Flickr, Public Domain,

18. Shah Shuja Duranni – By Print made by: Lowes Cato DickinsonAfter: Sir Vincent Eyre –, Public Domain,

19. Maharaja Ranjit Singh – By Colonel James Skinner (1778-1841) – Tazkirat al-umarā, Public Domain,

20. Duleep Singh – By James Duffield Harding (1797-1863) after Charles Stewart Hardinge (1822-1894) – British LibraryThis is a retouched picture, which means that it has been digitally altered from its original version. Modifications: dewatermarked bottom right corner, color curve adjusted. Modifications made by Saibo. The original can be found here: see file history., Public Domain,

21. James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie – By George Richmond – Taken from The Life of the Marquess of Dalhousie, K.T., by Sir William Lee-Warner, K.C.S.I., London, 1904, vol.1, frontespiece. Out of copyright., Public Domain,

22.Tomb of Alauddin Khilji – By stevekc – originally posted to Flickr as Qutub Minar, CC BY 2.0,

23. Humayun’s Tomb – By User:Eatcha and thanks to W.carter, for the editing – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

24. Shah Jahan on the peacock throne – By Govardhan(?), Public Domain,

25. Shah Jahan with his sons – By Mughal –, Public Domain,

26. Nader Shah on the peacock throne – By Anonymous –, Public Domain,

27. Nader Shah’s jewelery – By Siroos777 –, Public Domain,

28. Battle of Panipat – By Painters of Babur – Baburnama, Public Domain,

29. Afsharid Empire – By Cannon223 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

30. Coronation of Ahmad Shah Durrani – By Ustad Abdul Ghafur Breshna – 1943 book Ahmad Shah Baba-ye Afghan by Mir Gholam Mohammad Ghobar, facing page 90., Public Domain,

31. Sikh Empire – By Jangvijay – This file was derived from: Sikh Empire.JPG, CC BY-SA 4.0,

32. Jagannath Temple, Puri – By Subham9423 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

33. Buckingham Palace – Public Domain,

34. Queen Victoria wearing the Koh-i-Noor – By Franz Xaver Winterhalter – This file has been extracted from another file: Franz Xaver Winterhalter Queen Victoria.jpg, Public Domain,

35. Re-cutting the Koh-i-Noor 1852 – By From The Illustrated London News. 24 July 1852. p. 53., Public Domain,

36. Queen Mary’s Crown – By Cyril Davenport (1848 – 1941) – G. Younghusband; C. Davenport (1919). The Crown Jewels of England. London: Cassell & Co. p. 18. (published in the US by Funk & Wagnalls, NY). For copyright notice, see The Jewel House (1921) opp. page 41., Public Domain,




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