City Faith - Shitala Mata Temple, Gurgaon

City Faith – Shitala Mata Temple, Gurgaon

The goddess of fevered times. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many of us are eagerly dreaming of the happy day when corona virus will disappear from the face of earth, and when we — newly vaccinated folks —…

City Faith - Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Near Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station

City Faith – Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Near Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station

Sacred serenity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] On this mildly cool afternoon the utterly peaceful world here at Gurudwara Damdama Sahib seems in perfect harmony with the creation. The air is filled with bird sounds, the tree leaves…

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…