Friday, September 10, 2010

Influence on the Indian Subcontinent

An important contribution to the Indian subcontinent was the original Mughal architecture. Many monuments were built by Muslim Emperor Shahjahan especially during the Mughal period, including the UNESCO world heritage Taj Mahal, which is known to be one of the best examples of Mughal architecture. Other World Heritage Sites include Humayun's Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Red Fort, Agra Fort and Lahore fort.

The palaces, tombs and forts built by the dynasty is now in New Delhi, Aurangabad, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Jaipur, Lahore, Kabul, Sheikhupura and many other cities in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. with a few souvenirs from Central Asia, Babur descendants absorbed traits and habits of the Indian subcontinent and became more or less naturalized.

 The Mughal period would be the first to witness the fusion of Indian, Iranian and Central Asian customs and traditions.

Mughal influence you can see the cultural contributions, such as

  • centralized imperial government, which brought together many smaller kingdoms.
  • Persian art and culture amalgamated with native art and culture.
  • new trade routes to Arab and Turkish lands.
  • The development of Mughlai cuisine.
  • Mughal architecture found its way into the local Indian architecture, most visible in the palaces built by Rajput rulers and Sikhs.
  • Landscape gardening

Even if the soil already Mughal ruled out in what is now India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan affect their you can still see a lot. Emperors' tombs are scattered throughout India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. There are 16 million descendants scattered across the subcontinent and perhaps the world.

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