The Dara Shikoh album is a collection of paintings and calligraphy assembled during the s by Dara Shikoh , the eldest son of the Emperor Shah Jahan , the builder of the Taj Mahal , and presented to his wife Nadira Banu Begum in The album follows the typical Moghul album format and has alternate openings of pairs of calligraphic specimens and paintings, all mounted within gold-painted borders, and is bound in tooled and gilt covers.
It is one of the few Moghul albums to have survived almost complete. Dara Shikoh himself was executed in by his younger brother Aurangzib, who had emerged victorious in the wars waged between Shah Jahan's four sons. After Nadira Banu's death, the album was taken into the royal library and the inscriptions connecting it with Dara Shikoh were deliberately, but fortunately not completely, erased. The young man wearing the elaborate turban favoured in the Iranian court of Isfahan is pouring wine from a Moghul jewelled gold flask into a similarly ornamented cup.
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After this, Aurangzeb reigned from to He was a pious Muslim but, opposite of his elder brother Dara Shikoh, bigot and fanatic. He tried to rule his Hindu-majority empire as a Muslim country. He had Hindu temples and schools destroyed and estranged much of the Hindu population. After his death, the Mughal Empire started to disintegrate. The Britishers took advantage from this political crisis to conquer the whole of India.
One can wonder what would have been the history of India had Dara Shikoh become emperor instead of Aurangzeb.
Maybe the British colonization would not have taken place, and the country would not have been divided into India and Pakistan? Jump to. Sections of this page.