Understanding some facets of Mughal Court Culture in the European Travel Accounts
Dr. Meghlai Lama
Court Culture, European travellers, festivals, jharoka-darshan, Mughal culture, nau ruz.
This paper looks into the Mughal Court Culture, mainly from 15th to 17th century, through the study of the European Travel Accounts. The Mughal court was one place where various activities took place on a daily basis. They had several dynamics attached to it. It was used to give promotions, appointments, hearing of petitions, punishments to offenders, exchanging of gifts, reception of ambassadors etc. This was the platform to socialize with various other people. Different festivals and rituals were performed there as well. It was also used as an effective tool to discipline the men, secure their services and faithfulness. It also helped in projecting the Emperor’s public image. It was used as a medium to demonstrate the Emperor’s grandeur, might and wealth. A set of norms were in place, starting with the sitting arrangements to the dresses they adored or to the manners and etiquettes as one was to approach the king.
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Unique Paper ID: 161202

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 2

Page(s): 944 - 949
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