founder #shair| Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb| author~translator| latest book - In Search of the Divine: Living Histories of Sufism in India
May 26 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Takht e Marmar ( the marble throne) room was built on orders of Fath Ali Shah Qajar (1797-1834) Golestan palace, Teheran, Iran
It's breath taking -adorned with painting, calligraphy, stucco, carving, enamel,mirror & tile work, glass windows 1/
Actual Takht itself in the middle of the room comprises of 65 yellow Yazd sculpted & carved marble pieces, designed by Mirza Baba Nagash Bashi ( head painter of Qajar Art).
Mohammed Ebrahim the head stone Mason along with several experts supervised it's construction. 2/
May 25 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
#2 in our series on temples of Delhi built in Mughal Era
This is the Shivalaya of Dhummi Lal Khanna, built in the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar II in Katra Neel in Old Delhi / Shahjahanabad
Text and idea @SamDalrymple123
#MughalMandirs have been studied significantly less than any other type of mandir in the subcontinent - suprising given that the dynasty's other monuments have been studied more than any other aspect of Indian Art history, giving impression that Mughal Mandirs just didn't exist
May 24 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Sam Dalrymple @SamDalrymple123 and I decided to explore and collaborate on documenting the mandirs made in the Mughal Era in Delhi itself.
The series written by Sam :
In the last few days we've been hearing a lot about the temples that were destroyed under Mughal rule 1/
Its right to highlight this, but what's missing from this picture is the many temples BUILT by the Mughals. People are often suprised to learn that over 100 #MughalMandirs survive in Old Delhi. Over the next few days we will be sharing a handful of these with you.
May 11 • 15 tweets • 6 min read
Let's walk through the Taj Mahal today.
I will take you on a pictorial tour.
A huge Darwaza surrounded by a wall guards the teardrop inside 1/
As you come closer it's awesome majesty hits you #TajMahal 2/
May 9 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
This archival picture is from the book Multiple Narratives of Taj Mahal
It shows an entrance now sited used by Shah Jahan to enter the Rauza (Taj) from the river side. Rooms wert built for use of the royals. Shah Jahan never came from the magnificent gateway.
He came by boat
Ebba Koch's book The Complete Taj Mahal has a photo of the tahkhana as these were called.
Shah Jahan is said to have visited the lower cenotaph chamber on the urs. 2/
Dec 26, 2021 • 9 tweets • 6 min read
A thread on the dangers being faced by a 15th century dargah in Delhi's Sheikh Sarai area.
A message from a local that this non ticketed monument is being used as a park for playing cricket, cards and general adda baazi took me there last week. 1/
In 2016 I had visited this dargah for my book The Forgotten Cities of Delhi and written:
"This dargah is by far the prettiest I have seen. It’s like a vermillion-mark of spirituality on the surrounding area. Though very small, it is exquisite and very well preserved."
Dec 25, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
And to add the diversity of the depiction of Madonna and child from medieval India.
Album of Persian and Indian calligraphy and paintings, Mary and Jesus, Walters Manuscript
Painting, ca. 1600-1610. May depict the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem, forty days after his birth. From the Victoria and Albert Museum. #MerryChristmas
Sep 29, 2021 • 15 tweets • 6 min read
A thread on Humayun ''s tomb
Emperor Humayun died on 27 January 1556 by falling of the roof of Sher Mandal in the Purana Qila his fort in the 6th city of Dinpanah founded by him earlier.
He was interred there & later acc to some scholars shifted to temp grave in Sirhind
His tomb was started in 1565 AD.
It took sixteen years to complete this and cost 15 lakh rupees at the time.
Gulbsdan Begum mentions Bega Begum ( eldest wife) as the builder of his tomb. It's possible some of the expense was borne by Akbar.
Sep 28, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Today is the chehellum of Imam Husain known as #arbaeen.
It is the day when millions walk to Karbala to pay homage.
I was part of it a decade ago. #Arbaeen_e_Hussaini
Over 1400 years ago, After being released from imprisonment by Yezid, the Imam's sister Bibi Zainab, lone surviving son Imam Zainul Abidin & family visited the spot & mourned their beloved Imam & lived ones #Arbaeen2021
Sep 9, 2021 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, who lived from 1238 to 1325, is an extremely popular Sufi saint of the Chishti Order. He had two disciples, both well-known poets of their time: Amir Khusrau and Amir Hasan Sijzi.
This post is about Hasan Sijzi's mazar in khupdabad #SufiThursdays 1/
When Sultan Mohd bin Tughluq ordered in 1327 that his capital be shifted from Delhi to Deogir (Daulatabad),he instructed the elites, nobles, officers, common men, and even the saints to shift with him
The Sufi saints, 1,400 of them, decided to settle in an area near Daulatabad
Sep 8, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Everytime I go to Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi I try to check on the state of the Chaah Rahat.
Water was supplied to its ablution pool by a well situated at a short distance from the mosque. Water was pumped from the well via a Persian wheel.
This is the inscription
And the plaque reads:
براۓ آب رسانی حوض جامع مسجد دھلی
Baraaye aab rasani hauz Masjid Jame, Dehli
For the supply of water to the wuzu hauz of Jama Masjid, Dehli
Aug 21, 2020 • 115 tweets • 67 min read
Since most people are unaware of the significance of #Muharram or the sacrifice of Hussain please bear with me as I recite the history of #Karbala every day
Karb ( anguish) and Bala ( calamity) were the name given to the land of Nainawa where Imam Hussain and the male members of his family ( excluding an ill son) were martyred along with his companions. The ladies were imprisoned & taken to Syria #Muharrum#Karbala#twittermajlis
Aug 11, 2020 • 32 tweets • 7 min read
The Mughals called themselves Timurids.
The term Mughal was applied to them in the 16th c by the Europeans & it stuck.
But today I learnt thanks to a paper by Prof Najaf Haider that even the name Mowgli, the young hero of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, is derived from it.
. @Aakar__Patel asked me about Mughal chronicles, which I just saw, so here's a description thread of the Mughal chronicles by rulers, princesses and court historians
Jun 21, 2020 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
Bahr al hayat is the earliest text which illustrated #Yoga asanas.
Because gurus traditionally taught yoga orally and directly to their disciples, Hindu treatises only tersely describe asanas.
The earliest extant manuscript with illustrated asanas, the Ocean of Life (Bahr al-hayat), dates from the turn of the 17th c #Internationalyogaday2020
Oct 30, 2019 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
#BegumAkhtar was born on 7th October, 1914 in Faizabad town of Uttar Pradesh. Her name was Akhtaribai Faizabadi though she was much popular as Begum Akhtar. She showed interest in music at a very young age and was sent to train under the great sarangi player, Ustad Imdad Khan.
Later, she learnt classical music from great exponents of this field like Mohammad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan and Ustad Jhande Khan Saheb.
The beautiful Jama Masjid in Burhanpur.
Along with spiritual rewards and benefits, there are many socio-political benefits of congregational prayer and these are performed in mosques
Wall mosque in Humayun's tomb
The presence of multiple mosques in the city of Medina suggests that performing the prayers in congregation was an important part of the daily routines of the Muslims of Medina.
Sep 1, 2018 • 25 tweets • 4 min read
The "Masnawi" is Rumi's greatest poetic work, composed during the last years of his life
Mathnawî-yé Ma`nawî," which means "Rhyming Couplets of Deep Spiritual Meaning."
Excerpt From: "Masnawi Sacred Texts of Islam: Book One" by Mevlana Rumi.
The name "Mathnawî" (pro-nounced "Masnavî" in Persian) means "couplets" in Arabic [because the second half of the verse (in Arabic, "thanî") rhymes with the first] #Rumi