New Delhi, Apr 18: Kohinoor, the priceless jewel has once again hit the headline after Union ministry of culture on Monday informed Supreme Court that the legendary Kohinoor diamond was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away by British.
It was in fact gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to the East India Company.
It was said that "He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity."
The world famous diamond was proved to curse for many in the past. Lets have a look in the history
- According to historical facts, the rulers who owned the Kohinoor diamond witnessed violence, murders, mutilations, torture and treachery.
- In view of curse of the Kohinoor it has always gone to the wife of the male heir to the British throne.
- The ill-luck of this precious diamond was also felt by Mughal emperor Babur.
- The Kakatiya Empire forcibly taken the diamond from Raja of Malwa in 1306. The empire failed to rule long and witnessed defeat.
- Muhammad bin Tughluq got the diamond who became the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351.
- Kohinoor changed ownership several more times until the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan took the throne.
- Persian King Nadir Shah stole the Kohinoor and took it away with him. His empire quickly disintegrated after he was assassinated in 1747.
- In 1800, Ranjit Singh took the possession of Kohinoor. His empire was conquered by British.
- Dalhousie arranged that the Kohinoor diamond should be presented by Ranjit Singh's successor, Duleep Singh, to Queen Victoria, the Empress of India.
- The Kohinoor was mounted in a tiara with more than two thousand other diamonds. It is the centre piece of the crowns of the Queen consorts to the British Kings.