The Government Museum of Bharatpur

Starting our new web series of heritage explorations at Bharatpur and Deeg .. here’s the first episode featuring the Government Museum (Bharatpur) which houses some of the gems from the rich cultural heritage and history of this area. Hope you’ll enjoy this voyage 🙂 Watch out for the mesmerizing Hamaams (Bathrooms) from the medieval era 😉

Dargah “Patte Waali” – the shrines of Hzt. Patte Shah and Shah Maulana Abdul Qadeer

A lesser known Sufi shrine behind Humayun’s Tomb complex .. Qawwali .. and the story of a humble and great Sufi saint from medieval times!

The shrines of Hzt. Patte Shah and Shah Maulana Abdul Qadeer!

Where Stones Speak – Book Launch and Heritage Walk at the Qutub Complex

Where Stones Speak – by Rana Safvi : Book Launch and Heritage Walk at the Qutub Complex

Happy Exploring 🙂

Ibrahim Lodhi’s Tomb and Bab-i-Faiz Gate, Panipat (Video)

Stories from the First War of Panipat ..how Babur’s small army defeated the mighty Lodhi empire + Ibrahim lodhi’s tomb + Bab-i-Faiz Gate ..and more heritage awesomeness from Panipat, Haryana ..in this new episode! 🙂 Happy Exploring!


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The tomb of Khwaja Khizr (Khijar Makbara) – Sonepat, India

A picturesque tomb in a semi-urban neighborhood..

This monument is one of the key attractions in the city of Sonipat, Haryana, India. This is a 16th century tomb complex, built by the emperor Ibrahim Lodhi, dedicated to the saint Khwaja Khizr.

The main structure stands amid a decently maintained large green park and has recently been restored by the government agencies. One can see children from the local village nearby playing cricket and enjoying in the lawn around the main structure. The tomb stands on a mound in the centre of the park and one needs to climb up a few big steps/stairs made of stone to reach the main complex.

The architecture is crisp, beautiful and picturesque, has artfully crafted doors and even the original calligraphy is quite clearly readable. At several places we see a good mix of Indo-Islamic architecture..esp the doorways which look like exquisitely carved temple-doorways.

The tomb houses inside the graves of Khwaja Khizr and there also are two small graves which are believed to be the graves of two cats who were close to the saint. We could see offerings, sweets and incense sticks lying inside the main shrine…these were perhaps ‘offered’ here by the local devotees who come here to pray. Apparently, local people of various religious beliefs come to this shrine to offer prayers.

The big park is surrounded by residential area and one can even see a pond nearby where locals bathe their buffaloes (cattle) 🙂 This can be an interesting site for some…esp for those who’ve only witnessed the cosmopolitan-lifestyle 🙂

There’s no food shop etc within the complex..however, this being amid a residential area ..I anticipate that there must be several shops nearby where one can get some quick food.

It was fun to stop here for some time while we were on our way to Panipat from Delhi.

Hope the review helps you. Blessings and bon voyage 🙂

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Sufi Rang – Kaafi : the joyous Spring and a musical voyage across Delhi

Sufi Rang – Kaafi : the joyous season of Basant Bahaar – Spring and a musical journey across the land of Sufis – Delhi! 🙂

This melody is woven around the raag Kaafi which is associated with the spring season in India. Often, several Indian traditional tunes associated to the festival of Holi and Basant are woven around this melodic scale itself. The visuals have been shot at several Sufi shrines in Delhi like the shrines of Qutub Saheb, Chirag-e-Dehlavi, Mai Saheba, Matka Pir, Hzt. Nizamuddin Auliya and some more historical places in Delhi.

Credits:

  • Music, Vocals and Video by Aditya Pathak
  • Support and Special appearance: Asif Khan Dehlvi
  • Lyrics/Traditional Sufi verses: Hzt. Shah Niyaz

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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 🙂

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Exploring “Sanjay Van – Qila Lal Kot” – Episode #4

In this episode we learn about the Delhi of pre-Qutub times and the rise and downfalls of this capital city. We climb atop the ruins of massive walls of Lal Kot ..its a lovely view up there! From one of the highest points in this ridge, we then spot no less than 7 heritage monuments scattered in the Mehrauli area – Quli Khan‘s tomb, Alai Minar, Imam Zamin‘s tomb, Qutub Minar, Yogmaya temple, Gurudwara Banda Bahadur and Maham Anga/Adham Khan‘s tomb ..and some chitchat about these places of interest Awesome fun it was. Hope you’ll like the video 🙂  More Heritage – Music – Travel – Food videos at our Youtube channel >> http://www.youtube.com/adityapathakutube