Temple and Fortress at Garhi Padhavali – Madhya Pradesh, India

This temple is believed to be a 10th Century Shiva temple owing to the grand statues of Nandi at the entrance. The interiors comprise of beautifully carved sculptures depicting stories from the Puranas and several other mythological epics. Later in the 19th century the temple was fortified by the Jat Ranas rulers thereby giving it a local name as “Garhi” which means a small fort/fortress! Yet again , amazing experience here ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah – some moments :)

The dargaah complex..

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A meditating cat ๐Ÿ™‚

a cat.. in deep meditation  it just didn't bother to get disturbed by all the shutterbugs around trying to capture the moment
a cat.. in deep meditation it just didn’t bother to get disturbed by all the shutterbugs around trying to capture the moment

The local mithaai-wala at the basti (sweet shop)

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The Qawwaals

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Stay tuned!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Aashiq Allah Dargaah – Sanjay Van Qila Lal Kot : Episode 6

AASHIQ ALLAH DARGAAH and more – the final Episode in our video series about SANJAY VAN. Video Link >> http://youtu.be/fnhbg4yNAMk
In this episode we get to know about some very prominent SUFI saints of the Sultanate era ..and even older. We learn about the KHIZRGAAH/Chillagaah in this ridge area where people from across the world visit.. the austere mystical practice of CHILLA-e-MAAKOOS and the spiritual sanctity of the MYSTICAL WELL nearby. We also get to explore the peaceful Aashiq Allah Dargaah, a prominent place of interest in this area. Hope you’ll like this episode

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NEELA HAUZ : Exploring Sanjay Van – Qila Lal Kot – Episode 5

In this episode we visit one of the channels of the ancient pond NEELA HAUZ! We discuss about the stories and history associated with this place, the times of Tomars, the Sultanate era of Delhi and also the modern day situation of this waterbody. Hope you’ll like this green little ecosystem right in the heart of Delhi..adorned with so many Historic and Heritage sites around! Happy Exploring ๐Ÿ™‚

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New video blog :) Delhi Heritage Vlogs!

Hi friends! Excited to share with you that we are gradually putting together a new vlog (video blog) on wordpress. We’ll be posting videos about various places of interest in Delhi, India like Heritage sites, Protected monuments, Historical sites, Archaeological sites, Architecture, etc. and even interesting foody places sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the link to this new blog:ย http://delhiheritagevlogs.wordpress.com/

Please also join us at this new webspace to get a virtual heritage tour of the city of Delhi ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks and blessings for all!

The story of Matka Pir โ€“ Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi Haideri Qalandari

Hereโ€™s the next episode where we visit the Dargah of Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi โ€“ a Sufi saint of the Qalandari order (Qalandari Silsila) from the 13th century. The video primarily tells about the following stories and other aspects associated with this place:

  • Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi Haideri Qalandari โ€“ also known as Matka Peer
  • The story behind how the saint once miraculously cured an ailing person
  • The story of how Sultan Balban tested the powers of the saint
  • The reasons behind the offerings of gram, jaggery and earthen pots to the saint
  • Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyaโ€™s association with the place
  • Khwaja Hasan Nizamiโ€™s and Lady Hardingeโ€™s role in preventing the demolition of the shrine

Hope you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Landmarks of 1857 (Part 4) : KHOONI JHEEL (a bloody lake) – Delhi Ridge (video)

A haunted lake with a bloody past; A girl in white cotton dress; A headless soldier; A lucky infantย named Stanley Delhi Force;ย aย battle between rebels and the company! All this and more in this episode ofย Landmarks of 1857 – remembering the days of the Revolt!

Landmarks of 1857 (Part 2) : Flag Staff Tower (Delhi Ridge)

In this latest series about the Revolt of 1857 (also known as the First War of Independence in India) we visit the Flagstaff Tower within the Delhi University ridge area. Let’s explore how this tower is associated with the revolt!

Dargah Matka Peer – glimpses

We were at the enchanting Dargah of Matka Pir in Delhi few days back.. and besides the mystical and blessed ambiance, we also witnessed this philosufical music there!! Must visit for all Delhi loversย !! ๐Ÿ™‚

Know more about this place, it’s history and the various stories associated to it in a differentย blog post here.

Experience some Sufi music from this place in the video below ๐Ÿ™‚