City Faith – The Sufi’s Birthday, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
The night of the saint.
[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Delhi’s 14th century sufi saint, is being decked up with flowers and electric bulbs to celebrate his 796th birthday. The night of February 1, 2011, will be busy for the dargah’s qawwals, about 30 in number. From 11 pm to 5 am, they will sing love songs of poet Amir Khusro, which he composed in praise of his beloved, Hazrat Nizamuddin. At 2 am, the saint’s tomb will be washed with rose water in a ritual called Gusal. Come to the shrine for three reasons. 1) for the music, 2) to make your wishes, 3) to be blessed by the saint.
Where Mathura Road, Nizamuddin Basti, Near Humayun’s Tomb Nearest Metro station Khan Market
The day before the birthday
Getting decked up
Bring flowers, too
The festive feel
Make your wish
The people of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya
Ready for the bash