10 Priceless things stolen from India
Earlier India was famous by the name “golden bird”. This is because of its abundant raw material and precious stones. Not just Kohinoor, there are other things that are stolen from India. Here are 10 priceless things that have been stolen from India.
Kohinoor is the largest cut diamond across the globe. The origin of this diamond is Kollur Mine which is in the state named Andhra Pradesh. At the time of uncut, this diamond was 793 carats. Presently, this diamond is a 105.6 metric carat diamond with a weight of 21.6 grams (in its present state). In the year 1850, the diamond was shifted to the British Reserves and later handed over to Queen Victoria.
2. Peacock Throne:
Peacock Throne was a renowned Jewel Throne. It is said that it was the seat of Mughal Emperors who had vanquished North India. Earlier, this throne was in the Red Fort, Delhi. In the 17th century, this throne was especially made up by Emperor Shah Jahan.
In the year 1739, this throne was taken away by Nader Shah, A Persian King.
3. The Ring of Tipu Sultan:
In a battle with the British, the last king of Mysore lost his life, since then they took away the sword and the ring of Tipu Sultan. Later It was bought in an auction for Rs. 1.57 Crores by Vijay Mallya cause of which in the year 2004, the sword arrived back to India.
The sword came to India but the ring was not. In the Devanagari Script, the ring has “Ram” inscribed in it.
4. Sultanganj Buddha:
The sculpture of Sultanganj Buddha is around 2m tall and the weight is around 500 kg. This sculpture of Buddha is one of the huge Indian metal statues. This sculpture was found by E.B.Harris (A British railway engineer) during railway construction in 1862.
The current location of this sculpture is the Birmingham museum.
5. The Amaravati Marbles:
The Amravati Balustrades are a stunning collection of 120 inscriptions and sculptures. These sculptures and inscriptions are made up of limestone carvings dated from 100 AD. In 1859, It was excavated by the British from Madras and now these sculptures and inscriptions are put in place in the British Museum, London.
6. Tipu’s Tiger:
A life-sized, wooden tiger attacking a Caucasian figure which is in European clothes. The fascinating thing about this tiger is that there is an organ that is placed inside the tiger. There is a handle on one side. When it is turned over, the organ begins to play. During this, the lifeless Man howls and lifts his arm up and down.
7. The Nassak Diamond:
Not only Kohinoor, The Nassak Diamond has been stolen from India. This diamond was initially found in Trimbakeshwar temple, Nashik (in the state of Maharashtra). From 1500 to 1817, the diamond remained in the temple.
In the year 1818, in the Anglo-Maratha war, the British East India Company took this diamond and later traded it to British Jewelers.
8. The Throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh:
The creator of this throne was a Muslim goldsmith named Hafez Muhammad Multani. The Maharaja preferred to sit on the floor or on a chair only, this throne was used for state occasions. As part of state possessions, the Britishers took this throne in the year 1849.
9. The Marble Idol of Saraswati:
This marble statue of the goddess was engraved in the year 1034 AD. This statue is the most valuable statue of Bhojshala Temple in the state of Madhya Pradesh. After some time, the statue was lost and in the year 1886, the statue was mystically found in the British Museum.
10. Shah Jahan’s Royal Jade Wine Cup:
In the year 1657, this cup was made for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This cup was made with inspirations from Iran, India, China, and Europe. This cup was later found in Victoria and Albert Museum in London.