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Kohinoor was found/mined in Krishna-Guntur region

Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 12:43 PM
The famed Kohinoor diamond has had a bloody history. It has now been kept in the Tower of London for a good reason, that it should not be worn by a man. If a man comes to wear it, he invites gore.

It was originally said to be owned by the Malwa Kings (Indore-Ujjain). Later it went into the hands of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore. Ranjit Singh gave it to the British East India company as a gift to cover reparation for the Anglo-Sikh wars.

Kohinoor literally means a mountain of light. It should only be worn by a woman (Queen Victoria) or a god, but not man.

Records show that the Kohinoor diamond was mined in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. It was owned by Oriental kingdoms as far back as 3000 BC. A book by seismologist Harsh Gupta confirms it was mined in the Guntur region. While Gupta specified Guntur, records in the past have pegged it down to Gudivada as the place where the diamond was found or mined.

The first verified mention of the diamond occurs in Baburnama. Mughal dynasty founder Babur acquired the diamond from Ibrahim Lodi, the Delhi Sultan, whom he defeated in the first Battle of Panipat.

After it was in the possession of the Mughals, Kohinoor was passed on to the last of the Mughals, Sultan Mahmad.

Persian Nadir Shah defeated Sultan Mahmud in 1739, and he took the diamond away to Iran. Nadir Shah was assassinated 8 years later, but it was he who named it Kohinoor.

The diamond was taken over by one of his generals, Ahmad Shah Durrani, and it was in his family possession, according to the `Glorious History of Kohinoor, the Brightest Jewel in the British Crown.'

When Shah Shuja Durrani, a descendant of Ahmed Shah, brought it back to India after his brothers started quarreling with him in Kabul, he gave it to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of the Sikh empire.

Lord Dalhousie quoted in a letter Shah Shuja's wife, Wufa Begum, as saying: `If a strong man were to throw four stones in the four directions, and the fifth stone up in the air, and if the space between them were to be filled with gold, all that wealth would not be equal to Kohinoor.'

Now go back to Ganesh Chaturthi tales, in which the story of Samantakamani figures. The story goes Samantakamani gives eight `bharas' -- each bhara is 20 tulas - 160 tulas of gold everyday.

If you put two and two together, you know Samantakamani and Kohinoor are the same. It was mined or found in India.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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