The night of Shab-barat

The night of Shab-barat

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Caption: The night of Shab-barat, A Mughal lady is letting off fireworks on the night of Shab-barat, with her girl attendant standing beside her holding a dish with more fireworks. Shab-barat is held on the eve of the fourteenth day of the month of Shaban, on which a vigil is observed with prayers, feasting and illuminations. On this night the lives and fortunes of mortals for the coming year are registered in heaven. Opaque watercolour. Originally published in 1735-1740. Illustrated by Govardhan.

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