Not many people know that Raksha Bandhan is actually a Mughal festival that originated in the heart of Delhi.
In 1759, the Mughal emperor Alamgir II was lured one night by his wazir Ghazi ud-Din Khan Feroze Jung , III, who wanted to depose him, into the Jama Masjid of the Firoz Shah Kotla. The emperor was persuaded to go into the mosque alone where the wazir’s men were waiting in ambush. They stabbed him and threw his body on the banks ofthe Yamuna nearby. A Hindu lady who went the river early next morning saw the corpse lying there and recognized the emperor’s bloodied body. She sat there and placed the head of the dead emperor on her lap till help came. Later Shah Alam II, Alamgir’s heir, called upon her, declared her sister, and rewarded her generously. After that day, she would come on every Salona festival (Raksha Bandhan) bearing sweets and tie a Rakhi of pure pearls on his wrist. He would gift her clothes and gold coins. This practice continued till Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled from the Red Fort after 1857.
This is the blurb being circulated on social media but what did she say here is real extract ” It was an error on the part of the publisher. The headline and the blurb was not written by me. The Mughals did not “bring” Raksha Bandhan to India, they embraced the festival. If anything, the story only highlights how Hindu traditions were often embraced by Mughal rulers,” Safvi tells News18 in a phone conversation.
The historian clarified that when the 2018 article came out with the misrepresenting headline, she instantly wrote to the editor of the paper and had a correction issued. The paper ran a corrected version of the story with a fresh headline a blurb, “How the Mughal Court Embraced Raksha Bandhan”.
The corrected blurb read, “Shah alam II began the practice of celebrating Salona (Raksha Bandhan) to honour a Hindu woman”.