Sunday, April 04, 2010

City Festival - Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

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Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Celebrating the saint's death.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Saturday evening, April 3rd, 2010. The sufis are celebrating the death anniversary of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Delhi’s 14th century sufi saint. On this day, he married his lover. That is, the saint’s soul united with his beloved, the God. Urs means ‘wedding’ in Arabic.

The dargah’s dome is lit up with electric bulbs. Its courtyard is crowded. After the prayers, there will be nightlong qawwalis. Special food stalls have been set up around the lanes leading to the shrine. Some pilgrims are wearing yellow-colored pointed caps; yellow is the favorite colour of the saint. Families are lounging around the dargah’s several graves. The pankhawallas are fanning the pilgrims. One of them has only one arm.

While the courtyard is packed with worshippers, a few are also sitting inside the main shrine, around the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin. This chamber was the meditation room of the saint. Here he died in 1325. Centuries later, his presence is as tangible as it was when he was alive. Every time The Delhi Walla is in the dargah, he feels close to Nizamuddin, and so also close to the God. It's magic.

The evening of the Union

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Chinese bulbs

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah

Bright and festive

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah

The sweet boy

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah

Get, set, go

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah

Three believers

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Happy family?

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The cooling effect

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

The lovers of Nizamuddin

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Have an arm, will fan

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Go, get the blessing

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Remembering the beloved

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

The decoration budget

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

The company of sufis

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Close to Him, closer to Him

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

The Dargah's people

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

5 comments:

Vimesh said...

Thank you for this sharing... of grace and essence of Mehboob e Elahi and even though i have not been able to visit his Maccam , i am sure i would be able to visit his khanqah this year ...

his immense kindness has been felt and through your lens by looking at the various pics u have shared of maula, i have been able to feel the tangible effect you are talking about...

and this i read last year and i could recreate how humble he was .... http://www.superluminal.com/cookbook/essay_nizamuddin_auliya.html

Saifullah Badar said...

The sufis are as far from Islam as it can be... it is a blasphemy to even believe that some mortal can 'marry' (nauzubillah) the Lord Almighty! Haven't they even ever read the Qur'an?
I suggest reading chapter 112 (Al-Ikhlas) of the Qur'an, its short and very much to the point..

Sadiq Alam said...

Greetings of Peace to you dear Soofi and thank you for your beautiful service for us all.

Dear Saifullah,
Pls dont jump into conclusion that easy and dont take things so literally. Its dangerous.

Do you know what our beloved Prophet said during his last breath? If we translate, his last words before his noble soul flew to his Lord, his words were, "In Supreme Union" .. understand my brother in Islam that in the realm of the Unseen, the return of our individual soul to the Supreme Soul is compared with marriage, not its even beyond that because it is the most intimate of Union. And for the lack of a word, the Sufis call it urs which translate as wedding. But pls dont read it with your mind, let your heart, the qalb, the sirr, absorb its meaning.

La haowla wa la quwwata illa billah.

And pls dont forget that it was the Sufi Masters and Saints and Awliyas who brought the message of Islam and fought oppression in the very land we so many so proudly call home, the blessed land of India.

Peace and blessings and may Allah open our heart to understand with a greater understanding. and Allah is the All Knowing, All Encompassing, the Most Tender and the Most Loving.

Zeevie...Rajiv said...

althogh m a Hindu but sakoon milta hai wahaan jaa ker ya kisi bhi dargaah per jaa ker.i only know ki Sufis were fakkad,dont giv a damn to money nd mast rehte the.waise Austin is also a Sufi:),mast mast.nice pics nd mast likha hai bhaiii.thnx

Arunabh said...

Great article but wish you had even mentioned this year's Holi in any of your posts!

I am a fan of your writing but please portray Dilli as a vibrant, multilingual city (which it is) and not as a city of Dargahs, eunuchs and prostitutes only !

@Sadiq Alam saab : The sufis faced oppression from whom, please elaborate!