The truth about Aurangzeb
By Francois Gautier
Rediff.com - February 16, 2007
Thus, we thought we should get at the root of the matter. History (like journalism) is about documentation and first-hand experience. We decided to show Aurangzeb according to his own documents. There are an i...
Nobleman smoking on a terrace
North India, c. 1670
A Mughal nobleman, possibly an officer serving with Aurangzeb?s armies in the Deccan, sits drinking from a porcelain wine-cup, while a youth in a flowered robe holds the hookah steady for him. Further youthful attendants stand at either side....
Photograph of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, or Queen's Tomb, in Aurangabad, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. This tomb, built in 1678, is the most well known building i...
The elephant Ganesh Gaj and rider
North India, 1660 - 1670
In this imposing portrait of Ganesh Gaj, the painter exaggerates his size to emphasise his grandeur. The rider is a prince in a floral robe, possibly a son of the emperor Aurangzeb. With its distant hilly landscape and a passing camel...
View of screen of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara from the neighbouring verandah, Aurangabad - 1868
Photograph of the screen of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara at Aurangabad in Maharashtra, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Mack Nepean in 1868. This tomb, built in 1678, is the most w...
Prince Azam Shah enters Ahmedabad
North India, 1701
Azam Shah (1653-1707), the third son of Aurangzeb, governed Gujarat from 1701-1705. Arriving in the city of Ahmedabad, he is carried in a palanquin while his son Wala Jah follows on horseback. Townspeople, women and children throng the stree...
General view of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad - 1868
Photograph of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara at Aurangabad in Maharashtra, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Mack Nepean in 1868. The Bibi-ka-Maqbara or Queen's Tomb built in 1678, is the most well known building in ...
The Bibi-Ka-Maqbara (19?55? N; 75?15? E) is a beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb (1658-1707 A.D.). This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother between 1651 and 1...
Pen-and-ink and water-colour drawing of the mausoleum of Rabi'a Daurani at Aurangabad by Colin MacKenzie (1754-1821) in 1816. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Mausoleum of Rabeea Dooranny, wife of the Emperor Aurunzebe at Aurangabad.'
The Complete Taj Mahal
By Ebba Koch
Published by Thames & Hudson - 2012
The Taj Mahal is the masterpiece of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world. Yet until now, there has been no full analysis of its architecture and meaning. The lost world o...