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We are witness to centuries of history in our bones
Royal dramas from birth to funeral pyres n tombstones
We are a mute testimony to time’s relentless march
Yet we capture time itself for posterity in our arch!
A way of life that was then
A king and serf classification
Ruby streams flowed in veins of both
Yet one had ruby crown n other did to him troth
Nautch girls, princesses, queens, belles
Elephants, camels, horses and gazelles
Royals good bad dissolute ne’er do wells
All did behind these portals once dwell
Treat us with respect as you capture our images
Once we even had as resident many revered sages
Wars, enemy attacks, jauhar* and honor killing
Honor is that by word they lived n died for willing
History shows how feeble are barriers of paper.
John L. Motley Author Nationalities, Musician
I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires
rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
Martin Scorsese American, Director
Biography is history seen through the prism of a person.
**Jauhar and Saka refer to the voluntary deaths of men and women of the Rajput clan in order to avoid capture and dishonour at the hands of their enemies. This was done sometimes by Hindu and Sikh women, in Mughal times and there are recorded incidences of this on a much smaller scale during the Partition in 1947 when women preferred death to being raped, turned into a slave or being forced into a marriage and their enemies religion.
Jauhar (also spelled jowhar) was originally the voluntary death on a funeral pyre of the queens and royal womenfolk of defeated Rajput kingdoms. The term is extended to describe the occasional practice of mass suicide carried out in medieval times by Rajput women and men. Mass self-immolation by women was called Jauhar. This was usually done before or at the same time their husbands, brothers, fathers and sons rode out in a charge to meet their attackers and certain death. The upset caused by the knowledge that their women and younger children were dead, no doubt filled them with rage in this fight to the death called saka.
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