Nestled in the posh South Delhi area, is a different world altogether. A world, where, religion, faith and devotees come together to create a divine experience for a first timer. After requesting my friend for over 2 years to take me to Nizamuddin Auliya, he finally took out time and organised the 2 hour trip to the dargah yesterday.
After parking the car just in front of the Nizamuddin Police Station, we went into a maze of lanes. Just outside of the Dargah we bought flowers, incense sticks and sweets to offer at the holy place.
The place of worship had an ornate golden design on all its walls. Women are not allowed to enter the sacred main hall and so me and another gal pal remained outside, while our guy friend went inside to pay respects and offer the flowers.
The place was jam packed with devotees, wearing their best clothes. The tomb was lit with yellow bulbs and the energy of the place was, at the risk of repeating myself, divine.
The reason, we went yesterday was the special Qawwali, which a group of singers perform every Thursday till 7 o' clock. There were 7 to 9 singers who sang beautiful Qawwalis as hundreds listened in complete awe. Some even joined in. As for me, I sat there mesmerized.
As we were leaving, I spotted this board of Free Dispensary. Nearly all religious places in India provide medical facilities to people, who have limited economic resources.
I left the Auliya with a smile on my face and a promise to return. :-)
Thanks Aswathi and Charu! :-D