Diwali in Red Fort, Shahjahanabad under the Mughals

Diwali was known as the Jashn e Chiragha’n under the Mughals and was celebrated with great enthusiasm.
The Rang Mahal in Red Fort was lit up with Diyas on Diwali

The Mughal Emperor was weighed in gold and silver which distributed amongst the poor.
It is said some Mughal ladies would climb to the top of the Qutub Minar to watch the lights and fire carackers in Delhi
Fire crackers under the supervision of the Mir Atish would be burst near the walls of the Red Fort
And a special Akash Diya (the Light of the Sky) was lit with great pomp, placed atop a pole 40 yards high, supported by 16 ropes, and fed on several maunds of binaula (cotton-seed oil) to light up the durbar.
In the reign of Bahadur Shah Zafar Diwali sweets, would prepared in the Red Fort both for the nobility and the common man. Bahadur Shah Zafar used to replace the kitchens of all
his officers and nobles with new copper utensils on Dhanteras, the festival before Diwali when its auspicious to buy metal. Every Diwali, he
would arrange a special Lakshmi Pooja in the Red Fort attended by one and all.
The Muslim gram roasters would sell kheel -bataashe


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  • Abdul Aziz Rajput 23 / 10 / 2014 Reply

    An astute ruler who genuinely appreciated the challenges of administering so vast an empire, Akbar introduced a policy of reconciliation and assimilation of Hindus (including Jodhabai, later renamed Mariam-uz-Zamani begum, the Hindu mother of his son and heir, Jahangir), who represented the majority of the population. He recruited and rewarded Hindu chiefs with the highest ranks in government; encouraged intermarriages between Mughal and Rajput aristocracy; allowed new temples to be built; personally participated in celebrating Hindu festivals such as Deepavali, or Diwali, the festival of lights; and abolished the jizya (poll tax) imposed on non-Muslims. Akbar came up with his own theory of “rulership as a divine illumination,” enshrined in his new religion Din-i-Ilahi (Divine Faith), incorporating the principle of acceptance of all religions and sects. He encouraged widow re-marriage, discouraged child marriage, outlawed the practice of sati, and persuaded Delhi merchants to set up special market days for women, who otherwise were secluded at home.

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