Kohinoor diamond, which still India demands from the British government, has a lot of fascinating facts associated with it. A lot of petitions are going in Indian courts to make the return possible of this precious gem. It’s one of the world’s precious, rare and popular white stone. With the hope it comes to India someday, let’s take a glance on some of the amazing facts associated with it.
These Facts About Kohinoor Diamond Are Astonishing:
1. Kohinoor Diamond weighs around 793 carats originally. But since it has gone through various peoples and regimes and so after a lot of cutting it weigh around 150 carats only.
2. In its original form it was the world’s largest diamond way back, but now it’s only 21.6 grams.
3. It first came into existence around 1304 and was under Mahlak Deo, the King of Malwa.
4. Kohinoor diamond also has its mention in the Babur Nama the biography of Mughal emperor Babar. According to the Babur Nama, it’s believed that the king of Gwalior, Bikramjit sent all his jewels to the fort of Agra in order to safeguard it during the battle of Panipat in 1926. Later on, Babar invaded the fort of Agra and acquired this precious gem, which was then 186 carats in weight.
5. According to researchers, this precious stone has passed through various rulers from the two centuries, and finally, it got acquired by the corrupt Mughal Emperor, Mohammed Shah.
6. Later on, the king of Persia Nadir Shah invaded Delhi, and defeated Mohammed Shah and acquired all jewels, including Kohinoor.
7. After seeing the Kohinoor diamond, the first words that came from the Persian king was ‘Mountain Of Light’ in the Persian language. From here this precious gem got its name. After he acquired the gem, he took it away to Persia along with him.
8. In 1747, Nadir Shah got murdered by his own people when he was sleeping, and the Kohinoor diamond then got captured by his grandson Shah Rukh Mirza.
9. Shahrukh Mirza faced a lot of problems, and his all problems were got a solution from his loyal supporter Ahmad Abdali. To appreciate his faith and support towards him and his regime he gifted the Kohinoor diamond to Ahmad Abdali.
10. Maharaj Ranjit Singh was known as the lone tiger of India. When he came to know that Kohinoor diamond is with Ahmad Abdali, he tried all his efforts to get it back to India. He got successful and finally acquires it in 1813.
11. After Maharaj Ranjit Singh his successor was Duleep Singh. British government defeated the Duleep Singh in 1849 and Kohinoor diamond was then gifted to British Queen Victoria.
12. On the date of July 3, 1850, the Kohinoor diamond got presented to Queen Victoria in the Buckingham Palace. The queen appointed Voorzanger who was a reputed diamond cutter from the Dutch province. After the cutting, the diamond got the beautiful oval shape, and there was 43 percent reduction in its weight. This led to 1098.93 weight to this precious stone.
14. A radiant Tiara was then acquired this beautiful gem along with 2000 diamonds studded in it. This Tiara was worn by Queen Victoria for successive five years.
15. A huge exhibition got a place in 1851 for the people of Britain at Crystal Palace, London.
16. In 1937 the Kohinoor diamond got set in the coronation crown of Queen Elizabeth.
17. In 1953, India made it’s first official proposal to get it back from British government but it got declined.
18. In 1976, the prime minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto requested the British government to hand over the ownership of this diamond to her country, but British government denied to them too.
During a recent court hearing, the government expressed their helplessness to bring it back. The Indian government gave an argument that since it was presented as a gift to the British queen so they don’t have the authority to ask them for return. Altogether, Britisher got away with a lot of things that belongs to us. The only scenario through which we could have that if it was stolen or smuggled. Overall, we can say British government owes a lot to India and Indian peoples. In a word, we can say that it looks an impossible task. In fact, British government already said that this is their property. Not to mention they have listed this gem into their heritage properties list. Also, we can say that we have given a lot of precious things to the Britishers and they have also given some memorable places and constructions to us.
These are quite exquisite facts about the Kohinoor diamond. We hope it gives amazing feelings to you. In short, we are sure you would love to know about this precious white stone. Till then, keep reading and don’t forget to subscribe us. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more such posts and you can also download our app to stay updated: Tell Me Nothing