Letter to a Saint…

You can’t begin to guess what I found on my last visit to the famous Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin.  Anybody who’s stayed in Delhi knows the respect and veneration commanded by this saint of the 14th century…centuries later, people in the modern world still come to his shrine and whisper their deepest secrets and innermost prayers to him.  And when I say ‘people’, I mean hundreds of people, each day of the year.  Many circumambulate his tomb in worship, and many tie threads and bangles to the trellis in the hope that the divine Sufi will hear their prayers.  But what I found on my last visit captivated me completely- someone had actually written a letter to the saint and tied it to the trellis! (You’ll see it the picture below, though I haven’t focused on the words as it felt like intruding on someone’s privacy. ) Such is the faith still inspired by Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya!

A Letter to Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya
A Letter to Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

For the complete story of a visit to the shrine, please see this guest article.

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