Mogul king Babar and Cow Goddess (Post No.5343)

Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 20 August 2018


Time uploaded in London – 9-21 AM (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5343


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Mogul kings followed strange customs. Though they were Muslims they believed in local customs. Akbar did worship Sun God like Hindus. But not many people knew what Babar did.

Picture shows Babur standing on a strip of white cloth. In the foreground is an old mogul soldier holding a piece of cloth which he has tied to the leg of a cow. In the background trumpets are being sounded and drums beaten.


Turks worshiped goddess Shakti before waging a war. Akbar got Babar Nama painted during his reign. Some of the paintings were printed by the National Museum, New Delhi under the title, ‘Paintings of the Babar Nama’, and the plate no.IV has a note which runs as follows,

The moguls observed rules and ceremonies which were laid long ago by Chengiz Khan. For each clan, a place was fixed in battle array. One of the ceremonies was acclamation of nine standard s which is described by Babar thus,
“The standards were acclaimed in mogul fashion. The khan dismounted and nine standard s were placed in front of him. A mogul tied a long strip of white cloth to the thigh bone of a cow and the other end in his hand. Three other long strip of white cloths were tied to the staves of three of the nine standard s, just below the yak tails and their other ends brought for the khan to stand on one end for me and Sl. Muh. Khanika to stand each one of the two others. The mogul who had hold of the strip of cloth fastened to the cow’s leg then said something in Mughal while he looked at the standard s and made signs towards them. The khan and those present sprinkled Quntiz ( fermented mares milk) in the direction of the standards , hautbois and drums were sounded towards them, the army flung the war -cry out three times towards them, mounted and cried it again and rode at the gallop around them.

In the picture one can see two domes with Trisula on their top, which must have been a temple of goddess Shakti. This is the remnant of Bharatiya Yadhuvamsi rulers.

The whole ritual is un- Islamic and was prevalent among Chugatai Turks till Babar s period.
There is a belief that Maharajah Gaja was twelfth from Lord Krishna, the Yadava ruler, and he founded the city of Gazni after his name following the defeat of his enemies. He defeated the forces of Ruma and Khurasan ( Turkey and Iran ) . He ruled from Mathura to Kabul and Lahore was also under his rule. From Maharajah Gaja to Gaja Singh III , for 74 generations, they ruled Gazni under different vicissitudes.

Having been dislodged from Gazni, one of their descendents Shalivahana sent his family to Jvalamukhi in Himachal Pradesh and founded Shalivahanpur or Salpur, identified with modern Sialkot . He had ten sons and one of them Bhatti recaptured Gazni and constructed a fort at Haroth to celebrate 101 generations of their rule in the region. All these are recorded in their family history.

Even if we discard all the exaggerations we can see some glorious history of the Yadava rulers from the time of Krishna’s predecessors.


Source Book: Glimpses of Bharatiya History, R S Kushwaha



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