Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pratapaditya Pal describes Zenana

Pratapaditya Pal describes “court women wore equally beautiful clothes that often skillfully combined transparent and opaque fabrics in very enticing way.”
Mughals kept their ladies in Harem, though were respected, honoured and in the states politics participated. In Zenana, all the attendants were females; no man was allowed to enter within the Zenana. Though Maharatta ladies live in purdah but strict speculation were for Muslim ladies. Even if any woman want to ride on horse back only allowed veiled. Hindus never kept their women in purdah until the Mohammedans conquered their country. They induced to follow, because their unveiled women being subject to insult. Whenever the Hindu and Muslim ladies in the royal Zenana had been enjoying the sports of the water, to jump from verandah roof into below water came up again to jump. During sport, guards were stationed around to prevent the intrusion of any profane eye on the sacredness of the Zenana. But from the

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