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The star of David or the Hindu Shanmukha?

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?

Baburnama.

Written in Babur’s own native tongue of Chagatai (a now extinct Turkic dialect), translated into Persian and then finally into English, Baburnama, is more than the autobiography of the first Mughal emperor.

The man who eclipsed emperors even in death.

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.

Built by a woman prime minister of the Mughal court.

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.

Boats of paradise.

A sturdy wooden Shikara glides across the azure expanse of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, India in this photo by Sapna Kumar.

What men could do, Yarghu could do better.

Based on the drawings of a 15th century Iranian inventor, the Yarghu, at the National Science Centre, is a Mughal era cannon cleaner with no similar contraption existing anywhere else in the world.

The asylum of paradise.

Largely ignored by visitors, the old tomb of Isa Khan within the Humayun mausoleum complex, is a culmination of architectural styles used by royal kings during the Sayyid and Lodi period.

Was the emperor Humayun murdered?

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.