There is a singular opinion current amongst the Mussulmauns, that the trees hold converse at this momentous period. The really pious characters amongst the Mussulmauns declare that they discountenance superstition in every way; but they strictly adhere to every habit or custom on record which was the practice of Mahumud and his family, the Emaums. Of course, they do not think the observances of Shubh-burraat are at all bordering on superstition, whatever may be thought of the practice by others.
 See p. 78.
 ’Idgah, the place where the rites of the
’Id festival are
conducted. It generally consists of a pavement, with a wall to the
west, facing east.
 See p. 42.
 Najib, ‘noble’; the half-disciplined militia of Native States.
 Kirch, a straight thrusting sword.
 See p. 48.
 See p. 43.
 Nalki, a kind of litter, the use of which
was regarded as a
mark of dignity: see Sleeman, Rambles, p. 135.
 A coin worth, about Rs. 16.
 Haarh is a name given to any sort of ornament
which we should
designate a necklace. The haarhs presented on these occasions at the
Oude court are composed of silver ribands very prettily platted and
confined at each division of plats by knobs covered with silver riband.
The prices of these haarhs are from five to twenty-five rupees each,
depending on the size. [Author.] See p. 62.
 ’Itr, essence of roses.
 Shahji, ‘my lord’.
 Chapkan, the cassock-like frock, which
is the usual dress of
 Labada, a sort of overcoat.
 Kamarband, ‘loin-band’.
 Lahaf, a corruption of ghilaf, ‘a wrapper’.
 Rumal, ‘face-wiper’.
 Zamindar, ‘a landowner’.
 Many native gentlemen are allowed to be seated
in the king’s presence
at court daily, but not at the banquet, which is a distinction
reserved only for the nobility and favourites. [Author.]
 For an account of the animal fights before Lord
W. Bentinck in 1831
see Mrs. F. Parks, Wanderings of a Pilgrim, i. 176 ff.; W. Knighton,
Private Life of an Eastern King, p. 147 ff.
 Nauroz. Specially a Persian feast:
see Sir J. Malcolm, History of
Persia, ii. 341 n., 404; S.G.W. Benjamin, Persia and the
Persians, p. 198; O.J. Wills, The Land of the Lion and the Sun, ed.
1891, p. 48.
 Nauroz mubarak.
 Basant or spring feast, held at the vernal equinox.