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Paigahs were the most noteworthy noblemen of Hyderabad. Ranking next to the ruling family of Nizams, they had control over the security and defense of the state. Paigahs were permitted to keep their own private armies. They were given royal titles, grants of land, and even allowed to marry the Nizam's family. These nobles were also great patrons of arts, literature and sports. They have built several palaces and the notable one being the Falaknuma Palace. The Paigah tombs are fine specimens of architectural skills, representing the Indo-Islamic architecture.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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