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Fireworks on Diwali
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One of the earliest paintings depicting such firework grandeur is that of Dara Shikoh’s marriage in 1633. Paintings from 16th & 17th cent. suggests that fireworks were part of celebrations/festivals by the masses (royalty as well as non-royalty)
@DalrympleWill @Mughal_imperial @IndoIslamicPage @Go_Movie_Mango @Redhotpedia @Royal_Mughals The only time when people were denied of fireworks was during Aurangzeb’s tenure. From 1665 onwards, Aurangzeb banned fireworks during Diwali because had considered it to be “Hindu practice”.
@DalrympleWill @Mughal_imperial @IndoIslamicPage @Go_Movie_Mango @Redhotpedia @Royal_Mughals Our ancient Sanskrit texts referred to Saltpetre as “Agnichurna“, its usage for producing smoke was documented 2300 yrs ago in Kautilya Arthasastra. Also, Chinese texts dating back to 7th century says that Indians were aware of Saltpetre & its usage for producing purple flames.
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May this festive season bring you peace and prosperity, happiness and health.

दीपावली का यह पावन पर्व आपके जीवन में सुख, शान्ती, समृद्धी तथा उत्तम स्वास्थ लाए।#दीपावली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ।
இந்த பண்டிகைக் காலம் தங்களுக்கு செல்வம், மகிழ்ச்சி, ஆரோக்கியம் மற்றும் அமைதியை நல்கட்டும். இனிய தீபாவளி வாழ்த்துக்கள்.
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Historical Buddhist statue at the Mes Aynak site in #Kabul, #Afghanistan, #Buddhism
Centuries old "Ekamukhalinga " ( Lord Shiva) in #Afghanistan , now in #Kabul Museum !
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