Sunday, August 17, 2008

Photo Essay - Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

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Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

Observing the holy night in the Dargah.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Sunday, August 17. Shab-e-Baraat, the night of destiny when one’s sins are pardoned and the fate sealed for the coming year. Scene: in the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Crowd. Candles. Sweet rice. A long queue for the main shrine.

Why join the folks there? I’m content to pray outside in the courtyard. You see I don’t need to be physically close to the tomb of my Mehboob-e-Ilahi for He resides inside my heart.

However, Altammash and Fida, my friends, young khadims (servants) in the Dargah, offers the advantage of their influential position in the shrine bureaucracy to sneak me in through the 'shortcut'. I'm hesitant but...what-the-heck!

Finally, inside. Standing next to the Hazrat. Kissing the pillar and murmuring prayers. Few minutes dissolve in a second.

Back into the courtyard. It had rained the whole day but now the sky has cleared and the moon is glowing – up there.

Allah be with you.

Facing the Beloved

Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

All lit up

Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

Wait for your turn

Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

Attend to the candle, please

Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

My friends, Fida (left) and Altamash

Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

We're all aashiqs

Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin

Mera chaand

Shab-e-Baraat at Hazrat Nizamuddin


Aman Thind said...

Nice photos, n ur captions always make them better.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Maano!
The photos are exquisite.

Best wishes always.

jannah said...
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Unknown said...

Beautiful photos and great way for me to be in Delhi, while physically away.

Anonymous said...

This brought tears to my eyes.
What you said about Mahboob e Ilahi is soo true.

Ani said...

wow beautiful pics! Must have been such a spiritual night. The pics have such spiritual power already, how great the night must have been :)