City Faith - Bankey Bihari Mandir, Inder Walli Galli

City Faith – Bankey Bihari Mandir, Inder Walli Galli

House of faith. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The lady in blue sari is walking down the lane of Inder Walli Galli, here in Old Delhi. At each step she pauses and takes a deep breath. She stops…

City Faith - Gospel Hall Assembly, Connaught Place

City Faith – Gospel Hall Assembly, Connaught Place

Peace island [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The air is viscous with traffic sounds. The afternoon light is hard on the eyes. Such is the sense of the day, here at the H block Outer Circle in Connaught…

City Faith - Sufi shrine, Redeveloped Central Vista

City Faith – Sufi shrine, Redeveloped Central Vista

First day in the new Central Vista. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This Sufi shrine tucked in the Central Vista lawns, close to Janpath Road, used to be a little island in the pond. Circled with trees, it…

City Faith - Mandir Chaurasi Ghanta, Seetaram Bazar

City Faith – Mandir Chaurasi Ghanta, Seetaram Bazar

A temple with sound. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Tnnnnm. The sound at first has a sharp tone, and then wafts around the air, growing softer and calmer, passing along like a light breeze. After that it rushes…

City Faith - Hazrat Amir Khusro's 718th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Sufi Shrine

City Faith – Hazrat Amir Khusro’s 718th Urs, Hazrat Nizamuddin Sufi Shrine

Commemorating a legend. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This should start with one of his paheliyan, or riddles. “Invisible, but they call it tender Feels bad, but it evokes laughter” A tickle! Today is the 718th Urs —…

City Faith - Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Daryaganj

City Faith – Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Daryaganj

A barely known temple. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The scenes outside are passing in a blur. All you can see are lights flashing on the glass window. It’s like sitting in a super-fast Shatabdi. But this isn’t…

City Faith - Tree God, Hanuman Temple

City Faith – Tree God, Hanuman Temple

Sacred green. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This small Hanuman temple stands in a sprawling yard, here in south Delhi. A peepal tree’s sharp-tipped leaves make a jungle of shadows on the temple’s back wall. But the compound…

City Faith - Lockdown Ramzan, Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

City Faith – Lockdown Ramzan, Jama Masjid, Gurgaon

A world in pandemic. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] The forever-optimistic Nashir Ahmed Khan in gloom? Impossible, you would think. But the second surge in the coronavirus pandemic has changed everything. “I’m badhal (in bad shape),” he says,…

City Faith - Hazrat Madni Shah Baba, Near Jama Masjid

City Faith – Hazrat Madni Shah Baba, Near Jama Masjid

A shrine’s best-kept secret. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s one of the lesser known shrines of the capital and it is tucked within… oh well, another lesser known shrine. The historic graves of Hazrat Sarmad Shahid and…

City Faith - Hara Mandir, Gali Choori Wallan

City Faith – Hara Mandir, Gali Choori Wallan

Faith in green. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The temple is immersed in utmost quietude, so much so that you feel that if you concentrate enough, you might hear Devi Durga breathe. Attired in an orange fabric, her…