New Delhi, July 31: While the legendary Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan is a hero in India, his 'grave' in Afghanistan is visited by the locals even today to vent their anger for killing Mohammed Ghori, 900 years ago says a new book.
The book "Arms and Armour: Traditional Weapons of India" by E Jaiwant Paul says on the outskirts of Ghazni are two domed tombs... The larger was of Ghori and few meters away was a second smaller tomb of Prithviraj Chauhan.
"In the centre of the second tomb was a bare patch of earth where the actual grave should have been. Hanging over this spot from the top of the dome is a long, thick rope ending in a knot at shoulder height. Local visitors would grab hold of this knot in one hand and stamp vigorously and repeatedly with one foot on the bare patch in the centre of the tomb," says Paul, a weapons collector.
Paul, who saw this on his visit to Afghanistan says on seeking an explanation, he found that the Afghans still stamped on his grave because Prithviraj killed Ghori, 900 years ago.
Most history books say that Prithviraj was slain in a battle. But in Afghanistan, Prithviraj's tomb stands near Ghazni and history books need to be rewritten, he says adding "his remains must be brought back home, where they belong."
(About the book: Arms and Armour: Traditional Weapons of India; By E Jaiwant Paul, Published by Roli Books; Price Rs 595; PP 144)