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Used by cultures separated by time and distance, the hexagram is a curious symbol with an origin shrouded in mystery. In India both the Afghans and Mughals made use of the symbol in architecture but for what purpose?
Constructed by his son and heir, the mausoleum of Safdurjung, a Persian Noble who lived and died during the waning days of a Mughal Empire is the last great monumental construction in tomb architecture of the period.
The mosque's sponsoring regent was a women of exceptional talent who rose from the humble ranks of wet nurse to the Mughal emperor Akbar to Prime Minister.
Some eight hundred years after the holy book of Quaran was compiled, Mughal emperor Humayun, a devoted Sunni and later a Shia convert, felt the potency of the words with a tumble down the staircase of his favourite tower.