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The Legend Of Kohinoor - The Blood, The Wars, The Legacy

Legend Of Kohinoor

Koh-i-Noor means Mountain Of Light in persian. It was found near Guntur of present day Andhra Pradesh, India in the 13th century. It weighted 793 carats (158.6 g) and was first owned by the Kakatiya Dynasty.

Alauddin Khilji Kohinoor Diamond

Later it was stolen by Alauddin Khilji of Khilji Dynasty when he plundered the kingdoms of southern India.

Aurangzeb Kohinoor Diamond

The stone changed several hands to reach mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb's jeweller cut it down to a clumsy 186 carats from 793 carats. He was reprimanded and fined 10,000 rupees for his carelessness.

Nader Shah Kohinoor Diamond

In 1739, Nader Shah, the shah of persia looted it to Persia. It again changed many hands before reaching Kingdom Of Punjab in 1813.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Kohinoor Diamond

Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Kingdom Of Punjab willed it to temple of Jagannath. After his death and events to follow, The Kingdom of Punjab was formally annexed to British India.

Queen Victoria Kohinoor Diamond

Last treaty of Lahore was signed ceding the Kohinoor to Queen Victoria. Kohinoor was further chiseled down to 105.2 carats (21.12 g) by the british. Due to bloodshed and wars around, it was thought to bring bad luck to men. So only women of the royal family would wear it. 

Kohinoor Diamond

Today, the diamond is set in the crown of the queen of England and is on display in London. Though India, Pakistan have claimed Kohinoor as theirs, Britain claim it was obtained by legal means.