In 1809, English officer Thomas Duer Broughton observed Muharram, Muslim mourning for Imam Hussain, alongside the Maratha Hindus’ heartfelt participation. During this period, everyone, including Maharaj Daulat Rao Sindhia, assumed the role of Fuqeer, a religious beggar donning green rags and strings of green and red yarn.
This curious spectacle epitomized India’s syncretic culture, where diverse religious communities came together in shared observance, invoking the names of Muhammad, Ali, and Hussain. Broughton’s letters offer a captivating glimpse into the harmonious coexistence and respect for traditions that flourished in this diverse and culturally rich land.
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