The Tomb of Balban and Khan Shahid – Mehrauli Archaeological Park (Episode 2)

In this 2nd episode of our new Heritage Vlog series we bring to you this oldest structure in India that is believed to have used the Arcuate technique of constructing a true arch. We discuss about the Medieval India and particularly about the emperor BALBAN and his times. We also visit the grave of who is supposed to be the favorite son of Balban – Khan Shahid! Happy Exploring 🙂

Mehrauli Archaeological Park – Introduction (Episode 1)

Starting with our new series of HERITAGE VLOGS – here’s MEHRAULI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK for you. In this quick first episode we get introduced to this enchanting place where you discover a ruin every second step you take! This region has always been inhabited ever since the medieval times till today. Join us as we explore Delhi.. layer by layer 🙂 Cheers!

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 🙂

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

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

Bhairon Mandir – Neighborhood of Old Fort

Hi Friends! 🙂 Here’s the last episode in the series about the neighborhood of Old Fort. In this one, we visit the Bhairon Mandir which is situated adjacent to the Old Fort. The main deity of the temple is Kaal Bhairav – the fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation.

The temple is said to be established by the Pandava brothers during the building of their capital Indraprastha.

The video has references to the following aspects related to the place:

The depiction of the main deity inside the temple and the also, the modern sculptures of Hanuman and Bhima (one of the Pandavas)
The inclusion of Bhairav among the deities of the Buddhist pantheon
The reason behind liquor being the main offering at the temple

Check out the video for more! 🙂

The story of Matka Pir – Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi Haideri Qalandari

Here’s the next episode where we visit the Dargah of Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi – 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 – 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 Auliya’s association with the place
  • Khwaja Hasan Nizami’s and Lady Hardinge’s role in preventing the demolition of the shrine

Hope you like it! 🙂

The shrine of Mirza Abdul Qadir Bedil Dehlawi (Bagh-e-Bedil) : Neighborhood of Old Fort – Episode 5

In this episode, we visit the place that is believed to be the burial place of Abdul Qadir Bedil – a celebrated poet of the 17th century.
Here, we get to know about the following aspects in connection with the site:

  • Bedil – one of the most well known and revered poets of Persian language
  • The poetry societies, run by Afghan taxi drivers of Washington DC, dedicated to Bedil’s poetry
  • Ghalib’s high opinion of Bedil’s poetry
  • The story around Aurangzeb’s order and Bedil’s remark
  • The argument about Bedil’s actual burial place

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

The Mutiny Memorial (Fatehgarh / Ajitgarh)

The last episode of our video series about the Landmarks of 1857 brings us to the Mutiny Memorial in Delhi. Check out this quick video to know more about how this memorial is associated to the revolt of 1857!

Ashoka’s Pillar near Northern Ridge Delhi

One of the two Ashokan pillars in Delhi is at Northern Ridge. It stands on the road between Mutiny Memorial & Hindu Rao Hospital. Built by Ashoka during ancient times, transported to Delhi in the 14th cent by a curious king & then interpreted by the Orientalists.

Here’s a video which talks about this pillar – as we explored the Landmarks of the Revolt of 1857 at the Northern Ridge!

Landmarks of 1857 (Part 5) : CHAUBURJA MOSQUE – Delhi Ridge

In this episode of our Heritage Walks series we visit the CHAUBURJA MOSQUE in the Delhi Northern Ridge area. This place is believed to be built by Feroz Shah Tughluq in the 14th Century. The Mughals later added few structures on to the building and during the days of the Revolt of 1857 this was used as a picket and ammunition store by the British! Happy Exploring 🙂

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 lovers !! 🙂

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

Experience some Sufi music from this place in the video below 🙂