Thursday in Firuz Shah Kotla

, Hazrat-E-Dilli

Firuz Shah Kotla, the 5th city of Delhi built by Firuz Shah Tughlaq is today known as the City of Djinns.
Every Thursday hordes of people come to pray to the resident Djinns and light lamps, incense sticks and offer rose petals. These are lit and offered in every nook and cranny of the huge complex. Now the palaces are no longer extant but there are ruins, underground rooms in the Mosque where once madarsas functioned and students lived and many cells in the Pyramidal structure built to house Ashoka’s Pillar. All the dark rooms always have lamp and incense sticks in them many with petitions or letters outlining the desires of the haajatmand.
Those whose mannats /wishes are fulfilled offer their grateful  thanks by bringing and distributing huge deghs of zarda ( a sweet rice dish).
The best part is the sense of bonhomie and joy there. Very positive energy flowing all around. ASI has added to the joy by making entry on Thursday free after 2pm.
A pictoral tribute to one of the Thursday there.
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The Pyramidal  structure with Ashoka’s pillar which is where the Chief of Djinns resides and is called Laaat Waale Baba opposite the Jami Masjid
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Offerings
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Crowds waiting in line for the zarda and the functioning  Jami Masjid there
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There was a young Sufi from Kaliyar Sharif Dargah who was praying for others
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The Jami Masjid where Timur offered prayers once and was so impressed that he ordered a similar one to be built in Samarqand and took artisans from India for the purpose
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Arziyan – letters/peritions and flowers for mannats fulfilled
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The baoli and Jami Masjid
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Crowds waiting for the zarda distribution near the Masjid
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Its a functioning mosque and we prayed Asar prayers there
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People enjoying themselves on the top with eagles circling around
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Amazing energy there
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Amazing experience
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Kifs enjoying a picnic with their family
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The Grand Jami Masjid
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A buzurg blessing people
More details can be found on an earlier blog

http://hazrat-e-dilli.com/how-ashokas-pillar-became-laat-waale-baba/

Comment List

  • r venkatesh 04 / 12 / 2014 Reply

    fantastic essay,as always:) i was very surprised about the offerings…actually i didnt know why etc when i went there last (2004).asi had put grills in arches which i felt spoilt them…thanks.
    but i wonder,what has Laat Baba given them that the trend continues 🙂
    rgds

    • Rana Safvi 04 / 12 / 2014 Reply

      People desires are fulfilled and so the tradition continues

    • Rana Safvi 04 / 12 / 2014 Reply

      Thank you

  • Jamal Jafri 04 / 12 / 2014 Reply

    Lovely pictures–thanks for sharing! Is it all stonework, no bricks used?

    • Rana Safvi 06 / 12 / 2014 Reply

      This is in 14th c when rubble masonry was in use

  • Waseem Haider 04 / 12 / 2014 Reply

    Some information on Aurangabad,which is 40 miles from Dilli (delhi)

  • Kashmira 04 / 12 / 2014 Reply

    Really enjoyed the photos and the essay 🙂 Off to read the earlier post about laat waale baba..

    • Rana Safvi 06 / 12 / 2014 Reply

      Thank you ☺

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