Indian PM Modi’s visit to Britain has started a media debate to bring the precious diamond termed the “Kohinoor” the mountain of light to India.
The Koh-i-Noor “Mountain of Light”; also spelled Kohinoor, Koh-e Noor or Koh-i-Nur) is a 105 carat (21.6 g) diamond that was once the largest known diamond in the world. The Kohinoor originated in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India, belonged to various Indian and Persian rulers who fought bitterly over it at various points in history, and seized as a spoil of war, it became part of the British Crown Jewels when British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli proclaimed Queen Victoria “Empress of India” in 1877.
Like all significant jewels, the Kohinoor has its share of legends. It is reputed to bring misfortune or death to any male who wears or owns it. Conversely, it is reputed to bring good luck to female owners.