Among birds, the peacock is the most important. Not only because of its beauty, elegance, colourful body and features, but because it is the VAHANA (mount) of Shiva and Paravati’s second son Skanda also known as Kumara or Karttikeya. The peacock is admired all over India and is its national symbol.
The tradition of wearing Baju bands was inherited by the Mughals from their ancestors, the Timurids. The word Baju band is derived from BAJU, meaning arm and band, meaning closers, and is worn on the upper arm. The most traditional form of the Baju band was composed of a large stone of exceedingly high quality. They became more ornate through the centuries and were another form of displaying the fines gems. It was symbolic of aristocraxy, masculinity and their role as conquerors.