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A painting based on the theme of Ramayana
– Photo: Amar Ujala
Agra, the city of Sulahkul was the capital of Mughalia from where the Mughal Emperor Akbar not only issued the Ram Taka to Lord Sri Ram but also translated the Ramayana into Persian.
During the Mughal era, Lord Ram’s influence on the emperor was such that Lord Sri Ram’s palace was carved into the red sandstone at Fatehpur Sikri Palace. Akbar’s mother Hamida Banu Begum’s Mariam Mahal has Lord Ram’s courtyard atop a pillar and a statue of Hanuman with folded hands below.
Even during the Mughal era, the name of Ram became associated not only with the life of common people but also with the life of the Mughal emperor. When the palace was built at Fatehpur Sikri for Akbar’s mother, Mariam Makani, aka Hamida Banu Begum, the Ram Darbar was carved on two pillars in the center of the four-room red sandstone building. Now the carved sculptures of Ram Darbar are not visible due to humidity, but Hanumanji seated below is clearly visible. Sikri guides emphasize this quality of Maryam’s palace to the tourists who come here.
Image of Lord Krishna playing flute
Former ASI director and archaeologist Padmashri KK Mohammed said Akbar and his mother enjoyed the stories of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, which deals with Lord Ram and Krishna. That is why when Ramayana and Mahabharata were translated into Persian, the first manuscript reached his mother Hamida Banu Begum. The royal seal was written on that manuscript. There is a Ramdarbar on a pillar in his palace, which needs to be preserved. Inside the building is a picture of Lord Krishna playing the flute, which now looks very faded due to humidity and other reasons.
Paintings from Ramayana scenes
According to Padmashri KK Muhammad, Akbar’s nature became generous after his marriage to Harkha Bai, and this effect is seen in many decisions that were made consistently after the abolition of the jizya. Akbar also filmed scenes recorded in the Ramayana, now preserved in foreign museums. They have the story of Mother Sita and Hanumanji building a bridge across the sea at Ashok Vatika. Similarly, the Ramayana, translated by Akbar, clearly depicts the image of Samudra Mantan.