Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sijda/Zaminbos



Sijda: Sijda is also called Zaminbos. It is form of respect paid to Emperor or high authority or Divine persona. The person doing sijda performs it by touching the ground with the forehead as act of adoration or worship to God. It was a controversial Mughal court custom. It was popular way of salutation during the Mughal period. Akbar banned it in public but continued it in private meetings. Jahangir encouraged such types of customs. Similar type of customs are Kornish and Taslim. Aurangzeb totally banned it.

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Digital Sources

Edit Report

Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)Mughal Administration (patna University Readership Lectures, 1920)
Society, Culture and Administration in Mughal India

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