Image Remarks: A sketch from the tomb of Sultan Mahmoud Ghaznavi in Ghazneh c. 1940. Ferdowsi had dedicated a part of Shahnameh to him but the Sultan did not reward him as promised maybe because Ferdowsi openly being a Shiite Muslim although Mahmoud was a Sunni zealot. Clues&Views:Exempts from the source: Mosque and Tomb of the Emperor Sultan Mahmoud Ghaznavi by British officer Lt. Rattray The area around the tomb of Mahmud of Ghazneh (998-1030) Rattray thought to be one of the most pleasing spots in Afghanistan. The tomb was entered via a spacious courtyard, watered by a clear stream. Visitors would pass through covered passages to a garden framed by mulberry, plum, pear, peach, apricot, cherry and rose trees. Their blossoms hung over exquisitely carved marble tombs, including Mahmud's. This was a place of pilgrimage, decorated with flowers and peacock feathers: Afghan symbols of royalty. The folding doors shown were reputed to be the famous Sandalwood Doors, carried off in 1026 by Mahmud after his destruction of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat, during the last of his devastatingly successful forays in India. The British removed them from the tomb in 1842, laboriously transporting them to Agra Fort, where they were found to be replicas of the original.
Tags :Ghaznavi , Sultan Mahmoud Ghaznavi , Ghazneh , 1940 -Section :Place
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