Ladies’ ornaments in both communities were identical.
Both the communities began to freely participate in each other’s functions.
If the Hindus began to observe the Muharram, Abdullah Khan, one of the
Sayyid brothers, celebrated Basant and Holi festivals of the Hindus; Siraj-
ud-daula and Mir Jafar, the Nawabs of Bengal, enjoyed the famous Holi
festival with their Hindu friends.
Fort-building The first to undertake construction on a large-scale was
Akbar, who constructed a series of forts, the most important being the Agra
fort, built in red sandstone. His other forts are at Lahore and Allahabad.
Combination of the Persian elements of grandeur and originality with the
grace and decoration of Indian or Hindu architecture.
Uniformity in the architectural character and structural principles all over
Construction of mausoleums in the centre of large park-like enclosures
and on high platforms.
Construction of a double dome, the outer and the inner one, the latter
forming the vaulted ceiling of the mortuary chamber underneath.
Other features like the cupolas at the corners standing on slender pillars,
magnificent palace halls and the lofty vaulted gateway.
The reign of Shah Jahan saw the climax of fort building as seen in the
Red Fort at Delhi, main buildings within it being the Rang Mahal, Diwan-i-
Am and Diwan-i-Khas.
Palace-building During Akbar’s reign a palace- cum-fort was built at
Fatehpur Sikri. Here many of the buildings were in the style of Gujarat and
Bengal. Gujarat style buildings were for his Rajput wives. The Persian