For a soul satisfying 'spiritual' experience head towards this Darga in South Delhi. Even better would be - a Thursday evening - for the live Qawwali performance. Its quite intimidating to see the crowds thronging the 'galli' (lane) leading to the Dargah, but dont turn back, the place pulls the crowds because so many believe in the 'power', aura of the place. A piece of advice here to first timers and all others - you'll be asked to buy 'coupons' to feed the poor/ buy rose garlands & other offerings for the dargah, some overzealous shopkeepers might even try to physically usher you in, however, the trick is to ignore them, keep going straight like you know the place. Dont fret about the way to the Dargah - its pretty simple and the masses on foot are always headed there. Once you have almost reached the dargah, remove your shoes in one of the flower stalls or with the main shoe keeper (he gives out numbered tokens - a lil' safer). Whatever offerings you wish to give are available inside the compound as well. Cover your head at this point.
Once you step in, its a different world altogether. Although women are not allowed inside the shrine, they can pray in the surrounding courtyard/verandah.
Walk around the place, pause, sit down with some of those immaculately dressed men or old man in green carrying the 'pankha' (hand held fan). If you are a woman, join the ladies on the side verandah, its a beautiful experience praying with them as some read the Qur'an & others whisper their wishes to the saint.
Take in the atmosphere, the sweet scent of the incense sticks, the prayers and the lovely renditions in Qawwali on Thursday evenings (after 6:30 pm). It's believed that if you visit 4 Thursdays in a row, your 'muraad' or wish will come true. For those who are just visiting, well, tying a red thread to the lattice wall (available for 5/10 Rs. at the stall inside the compound) is good enough! After all, like the sufi saint said - It's all about your belief.
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