Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak. This photograph was taken by me from the top of the main entrance Gate of Jama Masjid during the Friday Prayers during the month of Ramadan in 2010. I lived the spirit of Ramadan during the presence in the holy mosque

The holy month Ramadan begins and I wish everyone a hearty Ramadan Karim.

The spirit of Ramadan is all about patience, tolerance, resilience, empathy for others and contributing to the world peace and not just praying surahs, fasting and feasting!

I share this simply because of my experiences with significant numbers of friends, families and countries where Islam is being followed. I also have friends who are not followers of Islam, but follow all the tenets that a Ramadan month brings with, in spirit. The Ramadan month is considered holy and all the feelings expressed is of holiness, but the deeds of many who project to be ardent followers do not match the verbal expression. The human desire of having the exquisite and sumptuous prevails.

I humbly request every person following Ramadan is to spread the spirit of Ramadan within oneself and live up to it, enable our families to live up to it and the society to live up to it. Spread the message of peace, brotherhood and love.

Ramadan Karim to you and your family,

May the almighty bless you in all your endeavours,

Love,

Sreeni

Visual journey of Jama Masjid and Old Delhi Ramadan Festivities on my FLICKR stream

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Incredible India! – The spirit of old Bhopal : Sreeni on Road

It was a pleasure walking through the bylanes of Old Bhopal, the city built by the 106 year rule of Begums of Bhopal, unparalleled in the history of India. The rule of Begums gave the city its waterworks, railways, a postal system and a municipality constituted in 1907.

Bhopal has many mosques including Taj-ul-Masajid (one of the largest mosques in Asia), Dhai Seedi ki Masjid (one of the smallest mosques in Asia), Jama Masjid (built by Qudsia Begum in 1837). Moti Masjid (built by Sikander Begum in 1860).

Some of the major historical buildings in Bhopal include Shaukat Mahal (a mixture of Indo-Islamic and European styles of architecture), Gohar Mahal (built by Qudsia Begum, fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture), Sadar Manzil (used by the Begums for public audience, now used as the head office of the Municipal Corporation) and Purana Qila (part of the 300-year-old fort of Queen Kamalapati, situated in Kamla Park, which separates Upper Lake from Lower lake).

The streets around these monuments are lively and I managed to capture the spirit here.

Incredible India - The spirit of Old Bhopal

Incredible India - The spirit of Old Bhopal

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Incredible India! Fatehpur Sikri – Mughal Architecture at its best (sreeni on road)

The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri
The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri

This is in continuation of the last story on road, that I shared in the previous posting. When we reached Agra with all the intention to see Taj with our kids, after the smooth, pacy and yet the adventurous ride on the new expressway, we got stuck for a couple of hours in the traffic snarls of ill-prepared Agra. Agra never witnessed such flood of vehicles ever in its history, in its narrow lanes. It could not entertain the huge rush from Delhi that took the newly inaugurated expressway. So, quickly we exited and headed towards Fatehpur Sikri, that I have never visited before. Thanks to Indira and Mallika who insisted on going there at any cost to untie the knots at the chisti’s abode that they tied a couple of years ago, praying for our second child. Now that Svwara arrived in our life, we headed to the chisthi.

Thus we reached Fatehpur Sikiri and I was flabbergasted at the expanse of Mughal Architecture and its finery. I am always astonished at the Vision, Design, Execution and craftsmanship that go into making such grand structures, that have been existing in this land of INDIA for a cover 2000-3000 years, many are still standing majestically!

The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri from inside
The grand entrance to the city of Fatehpur Sikhri from inside

According to contemporary historians, Emperor Akbar took a great interest in the building of Fatehpur Sikri and probably also dictated its architectural style. Seeking to revive the splendours of Persian court ceremonial made famous by his ancestor Timur, Akbar planned the complex on Persian principles. But the influences of his adopted land came through in the typically Indian embellishments. The Easy availability of sandstone in the neighbouring areas of Fatehpur Sikri, also meant that all the buildings here were made of the red stone. The imperial Palace complex consists of a number of independent pavilions arranged in formal geometry on a piece of level ground, a pattern derived from Arab and central Asian tent encampments. In its entirety, the monuments at Fatehpur Sikri thus reflect the genius of Akbar in assimilating diverse regional architectural influences within a holistic style that was uniquely his own. Built during the 16th century, the Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collection of Mughal architecture in India

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