The Hasht-Bihisht (lit. Eight Paradises) commonly refers to a
Azali apologetictext which is particularly critical of the Bahá'í Faith- a religion that believed the Bábí messianic figureof He whom God shall make manifesthas already appeared in Bahá'u'lláh. It is well cited by many polemictexts against the Bahá'í faith.
Two sons-in-law of Mirza Yahya Azal, namely, Shaykh Ahmad Ruhi and Mirza Aqa Khan Kirmani, are reputed to be the authors, and it was written before 1890 [http://bahai-library.org/books/tn/tn.w.html] .----There is another famous "Hasht Bihisht" written by
Amir Khusroaround 1302 AD. It is based upon an earlier epic poem, the Shahnamehwritten by Firdausiaround 1010 AD and a later adaptation, the Haft Paykarby Nizami, written around 1197 AD. The Shahnamehis a very long work spanning many ages of Persian history. Khusro's "Hasht Bihisht" retells just a small portion of the life of Bahram VGur and embellishes the original historical but glorified tales with other non-historical elements. Most famously, Khusro "appears" to be the "first" writer to have added The Three Princes of Serendipas characters and the story of the alleged camel theft and recovery as a plot element to the more traditional Bahram Gur stories.----
Taj Mahalshowing the eight chambers surrounding the central chamber.] In architecture the Hasht Bihist refers to a specific type of floorplan common in Indian Mughal architecture whereby the plan is divided into 8 chambers surrounding a central room.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.