City Faith - Shiv Hanuman Temple, Daryaganj

City Faith – Shiv Hanuman Temple, Daryaganj

Shiv sighting. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a city where blue sky is as elusive as a dream, it is dream-like to see Lord Shiv gleaming in blue—his statue is majestically perched atop this little-known but beautiful…

City Faith - A Secretive Sufi Shrine, Connaught Place

City Faith – A Secretive Sufi Shrine, Connaught Place

Peace in the chaos. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One has seen the whole of Connaught Place (CP), isn’t it? It’s one beloved destination in the capital familiar to almost every Delhiite. Each of us has our own…

City Faith - Private Temple, East Delhi

City Faith – Private Temple, East Delhi

Relationship with gods. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the course of her lifetime, Vimla Rani has accumulated all manner of precious possessions. Dozens of saris, hundreds of bangles and—a miniature temple, and a very simple one at…

City Faith - Hazrat Naseeruddin Chirag Dehlavi's Sufi Shrine, South Delhi

City Faith – Hazrat Naseeruddin Chirag Dehlavi’s Sufi Shrine, South Delhi

Finding tranquility in a secluded dargah. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] What a marvellous place in the winters to while away a sunny afternoon (go away smog!). Here you can sleepily follow the progress of the friendly sun…

City Faith - Family's Ravan, Sector 14, Gurgaon

City Faith – Family’s Ravan, Sector 14, Gurgaon

A working festival. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Every family is busy in its own way. While most of us are eagerly looking forward to Tuesday evening when Ravan’s effigy will be burned down with much fun in…

City Faith - Hazrat Nizamuddin's Chilla, Central Delhi

City Faith – Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Chilla, Central Delhi

A Sufi shelter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s an escapist’s paradise. The chillah, or retreat, of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya is one of Delhi’s most serene monuments. Here, the city’s iconic 14th century sufi saint lived, meditated, and…

City Faith - Temple Bells, Khan Market

City Faith – Temple Bells, Khan Market

Faith in commerce. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just another evening at the Khan Market in Delhi. An important-looking man in white kurta-pajama and a black sleeveless jacket enters a luxury showroom, his gun-toting bodyguards in grey safari…

City Faith - Sufi's Tree, Old Delhi

City Faith – Sufi’s Tree, Old Delhi

Sacred greens. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In the beginning there was the tree. It must be so. The neem is the first thing you see while walking to the twin Sufi shrines of Hazrat Sarmad Shahid and…

City Faith - A Sacred Tree, Shiv Shani Temple, Basant Lok

City Faith – A Sacred Tree, Shiv Shani Temple, Basant Lok

A leafy tree that is also worshiped. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Our first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru once famously declared that dams were the new temples of modern India. But now, with climate change, we might also…

City Faith - Radha Krishna Mandir, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

City Faith – Radha Krishna Mandir, Sadar Bazaar, Gurgaon

Homely temple. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The very air is steeped in absolute mindfulness. The place feels so private that you fear you have gate-crashed into somebody’s residence. Such is the charm of Radha Krishna Mandir. A…