Conservation work at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

The conservation works at this baoli or stepwell is being carried out by Archaeological Survey of India, Aga Khan Trust for culture in partnership with Central Public Works Department, and Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Built by Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in the years 1321-22, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s baoli or stepwell is the only stepwell in Delhi, India with underground springs and pure water and the water here is considered holy by a lot of pilgrims. EPA/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE

1. Indian workers carry out conservation work at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s baoli or stepwell in New Delhi, India on 23 April 2009.
2. An elderly Indian woman and the caretaker of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s baoli or stepwell drinks water from the well as it is reopened in New Delhi, India on 23 April 2009.
3. Old coins found during the conservation work at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s baoli or stepwell in New Delhi, India on 23 April 2009.
4. A general view of the conservation work at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s baoli or stepwell in New Delhi, India on 23 April 2009.
5. An Indian worker carries out conservation work at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s baoli or stepwell in New Delhi, India on 23 April 2009.

Related at AKDN: http://www.akdn.org/aktc_hcp_india.aspIndian ExpressTimesofIndiaThe HinduDeccan Herald

6 thoughts on “Conservation work at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

  1. Sharing just for the information purposes. The site of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya is of great historical significance as he was the Pir/Shaikh of many people and one famous poet in particular: Amir Khusraw.

    In his ‘A Place Within: Rediscovering India’ M.G.Vassanji writes:

    When Nizamuddin died, his disciple Khusrau wrote, in the Sufi vein, “Gari soyi sej par, mukh par daale kes / Chal Khusro ghar aapne, raen bhai chanhu des,” singing which lines at the restaurant table, my friend Mahesh wipes his eyes with emotion. The bride lies in the bed, Mahesh translates, her face covered by her (black) hair / Come away Khusrau to your house, night falls in the four directions. Simple lines depicting the death of a beloved, and of a spiritual master, when his light forsakes the world. The Sufi, or any mystic, of course, is a bride of God.

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