Kohinoor has been one of the most famous diamonds in human history. Its name is derived from the Persian word Koh-i-Noor means the mountain of light. Its magnanimous traits and size make it as the most desirable precious stone. Kohinoor’s ownership has always been a topic of controversy. Kohinoor was found in Andhra Pradesh during the 13th century. From that time, it had been fallen into the hands of many rulers. Kohinoor was originally 793 carats when uncut which makes the biggest diamond in the world. King of Malwa, Malhlak Deo was the first owner of this precious diamond.
Babar and Shah Jahan were also fascinated with Kohinoor’s glorious shine.
In 1739, Nader Shah came to India and conquered the throne as Sultan Mohammad lost the battle, but a few years later Shah was killed by one of his men, who then gave the diamond to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Lion of Punjab. In 1813, Kohinoor was back in India. The proud owner Ranjit Sigh studded Kohinoor in his armlet and flaunted for some years.
When the British defeated him, the precious diamond Kohinoor was taken away. In July 1850, East India Company presented it to Queen of England. And since then Kohinoor never got back to its rightful land India.
By that time it has become the most famous diamond already. In 1851, Kohinoor was displayed for public at Crystal Palace, London. The worth of Kohinoor is unknown, but said to be 200 million dollars half century ago. Because, it was always stolen or bartered, but never sold.
It’s a popular belief that Kohinoor is cursed. The curse of Kohinoor Diamond dates back to a Hindu text from the time of the first authenticated appearance of the diamond in 1306. The Curse of the Kohinoor Diamond reads:
“He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all
its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity.”
The history and lives of the rulers who owned the Koh-i-Noor diamond were filled with violence, murders, mutilations, and torture. British family knows about this curse, therefore only wives of British royal family wear the Kohinoor in their crown.
The fame of Kohinoor diamond was gone beyond borders. It has been a part of old as well as modern literature. Kohinoor is truly timeless and priceless. The great Indian history is incomplete without the Kohinoor.