DIWALI was known as the Jashn-e-ChiraghaaN under the Mughals and was celebrated with great enthusiasm. The Rang Mahal in Red Fort was lit up with Diyas on Diwali.
During the reign of Bahadur Shah Zafar, Diwali sweets would be prepared in the Red Fort, both for the nobility and the common man. Bahadur Shah Zafar used to replace the kitchens of all his officers and nobles with new copper utensils on Dhanteras – the festival before Diwali when its auspicious to buy metal. Every Diwali, he would arrange a special Lakshmi Pooja in the Red Fort attended by one and all.
The Muslim gram roasters would sell kheel-bataashay.
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