Date with history

Date with history


Date with history

As you walk along the roundabout on Mathura Road and move towards Nizamuddin Dargah, you are likely to miss its magnificent sight, unless you scout around for it.

One small lane on the right will take you closer to the 450-year old dargah, one of Delhi’s most prominent landmarks.

Entry to this lane will change the slick city surroundings at the flick of a coin. One can find a mosque on the right and Ghalib Akademi on the left, old medicine shops and burly young biryani sellers wooing customers with the same heart-felt devotion as a maulana sings azan.

The entire ambience transports you to the era of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the sufi saint of Chishti order.

The walk to shrine is not uneventful. After stonewalling more than two dozen flower sellers, who will not only request, cajole and plead you to deposit shoes with them but will also stop you unless you wait and listen to them.

A mere two steps ahead of the dargah’s nondescript entrance, one flower seller will instruct you to remove your shoes before you can enter and seek blessings of sufi preacher and Mahbub-Ehlahi (beloved of God) Nizamuddin Auliya and Amir Khusro (a noted khalifa of Nizamuddin) whose dargarh is also housed in the premises.

The hustle and bustle outside the dargah appears subdued when you enter inside and see swarms of people milling around the three structures of the shrine.The first one is that of Amir Khusro which is smaller is size and splendour.

The second dargah is that of Nizamuddin while the third structure has a huge and spacious hall that serves as a mosque.

The rectangular room that houses the main dargah is awe-inspiring and surrounded by gold coloured pillars on all sides with visitors offering green chadars and rose petals.

“He was loved by God and we offer things which are liked by God,” said Noor Mohammad, an 18-year-old visitor from Nagpur who came to dargah with six friends to pay obeisance to the sufi saint of 16th century. 

The dargah bears a warning for female visitors who can be seen peeping inside to get the elusive sight of its interiors. Even peeps are not tolerated by the maulana who accost the “intrusive” women and ask them to pray “from a distance”.

Such orthodox diktats however, do not deter young men and women from visiting the monument. One can find young girls clicking pictures on phones and others making videos on handycams.