Where is the Kohinoor diamond now?
The Koh-i-Noor is a 105 carat’s diamond that was one of the most precious in the world. It belonged to various rulers, Today it is in the hands of the British royal family and is part of the Crown Jewels.
We come across Kohinoor Diamond since our childhood as it is repeatedly mentioned every time to express a precious thing. As we know that the Kohinoor Diamond is stolen by the Britishers and it is now in a museum in the United Kingdom.
But, very few of us know how it was originated & handed over to the Britishers and why India is unable to get it back. what is the cost of it? Let us know these here in this article today.
There is a very mysterious story behind the Kohinoor diamond. Many tried to own it but those who owned it faced miserable situations in life. It is believed that the story which we read on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi about SRI KRISHNA SAMANTHAKAMANI, is the same Kohinoor Diamond. God Krishna believed that SMANTHAKAMANI was the reason for the improper things going in his life. This is just a myth but historians did not find any script about the Kohinoor diamond from ancient times.
The proof of Kohinoor diamond is only available from the period of Mughal Emperor Babur as he has written many manuscripts. Historians believed that the Kohinoor was found in UNITED ANDHRA PRADESH around the areas of Golconda and later in the meantime, it reached into the hands of Mughal Emperors.
It is believed that whoever owns this Kohinoor Diamond they faced destruction. Earlier it was owned by Kakatiya Dynasty and Thuglaq’s grabbed them from the Kakatians defeating them. Babur then got it from Thuglaq. Later Shahjahan placed Kohinoor in his kingdom. After the death of Mumtaj, the priests in Shahjahan’s kingdom believed that Mumtaj’s death caused because of the curse of Kohinoor. Later Shahjan was imprisoned by his own son and killed in the prison itself. From there Nadir Shah took it to Afghanistan. He was killed there in no time. After defeating the Afghans in a war, Indian King Ranjeet Singh got it to India back.
But later the Kingdom Ranjit Singh’s kingdom got destroyed by the Britishers. Hence historians understood that all these happened because of the curse of Kohinoor Diamond.
After it went into the hands of the British, they transported it to ENGLAND. In 1852 the Queen decided to reshape the diamond and it was taken to a Dutch jeweler, Mr. Cantor who cut it to 108.93 carats. Queen Victoria wore the diamond occasionally afterward. She left in her will that the Koh-i-Noor should only be worn by a female queen. If the head of state was a man, his wife would have to carry the diamond. After Queen Victoria’s death, the Kohinoor became part of the Crown Jewels.
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan claim’s that Kohinoor belongs to them based on the above history. But, the Royal British Empire never took the claim seriously and never thought to give it back.
The Koh-i-Noor, which means “Mountain of Light” in Persian, is a 105 carat (21.6 g) diamond (in its most recent cut) that was once the largest known diamond in the world. It is estimated that the Kohinoor Diamond’s value would be around $700 billion dollars.
The above article is based on the book THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST INFAMOUS DIAMOND by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing