The by-lanes of Chandni Chowk are enriched with the glorious history and numerous tales from pages of the Mughal Era. The overcrowded, busy, chaotic, and bumpy roads of Chandni Chowk may not impress you at the first glance, but if you turn the pages of history to know more about this place, the experience will certainly be culturally rewarding. A melting pot of various cultures and religions, Chandni Chowk proudly flaunts diversity at its best. From Jain Temple, Gurudwara to the Jama Mosque, celebration of multiculturalism can be seen in every corner of this place.From relishing famous food platters, indulging in shopping, sharing that small place with a few others in the lane or enjoying the enticing aromas of the spice market, I love visiting these narrow lanes at any given time. But walking in the alleys of Chandni Chowk during the festival has its own charm, when the narrow lanes come alive with sparkling lights, end numbers of shops, and happy faces of people.
It was my recent visit to Chandni Chowk during Ramadan; I witnessed the magnitude of the towering Jama Mosque. The standing mirage from history, the Jama Mosque is the epitome of faith for the Muslim community. As I was approaching Gate number 1, I became a part of those who came to this holy place to break their day long fast. During this holy month, people fast from dawn to dusk, wherein the real purpose of fasting is to attain righteousness and express gratitude to the Supreme Being.
The courtyard of Jama Mosque was filled with people from different age groups, wearing their traditional attire and waiting in the setting sun. As the Sun leaves its orange hue in the sky, the minarets were lit up and the evening was blessed with the Azaan(Prayer) at Jama Mosque. The echoes of the Azaan dominated the surroundings and I witnessed the compelling blend of faith and culture. A sight well framed in my mind.
The aromas of spicy chicken, famous Biryani, Kababs to Nihari, streets were filled with a wide range of Mughal delicacies. From a variety of breads, Seviyan, sweets to exotic fruits, a walk in these narrow lanes during Ramadan was like taking a culinary journey. The celebration of food in these alleys of Chandni Chowk, especially at the time of Iftaar was a worth watching scene. The smiles on the faces of people,families happily ending their fast, colourful streets, decorations and an array of delicacies not just made me believe in the beauty of the serenity of different religions, but also made me proud of my country for celebrating secularism and multiculturalism at the same time.
I could not stay away from capturing some of the captivating moments into my lens during my Ramadan walk in Chandni Chowk
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