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A procession of Tazias and street performers greet you while walking through the main market road, in Mehrauli, on the day of Muharram. The procession is organized by Auliya Masjid and Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah situated in the neighbourhood.

However, Muharram is not the only festival celebrated with such rigor in Mehrauli. Given that the neighbourhood is made up of diverse ethnic and religious communities, one finds festivals from Dussehra to Vamiliki Jayanti being celebrated with equal enthusiasm. Each community takes out a procession on the day of the festival as a way of celebrating their identity which is evident in the following quote.

“Everyone used to come out on the street, the woman dress-up and stand at the entrance of the street. Fat bulbs are lit up… a large crowd gathers to see the Valmiki Jayanti procession where several l small and big jhaankis with illuminated tableaux move on the road that connects the main market to the Ward 2 Vamliki Mandir…” – Vidhi Sharma, Ward 1, Mehrauli




2016 October

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Photo by: Sagar Sachdeva

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Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi


Mesha...through your cards,

Mesha...through your cards, the various ways in which people give an identity to places vis-a-vis their memories voiced through photographs and memories are gradually emerging. This in many ways become meaningful in our own present day context when such an intermix is likely to come from a very different perspective. While it was community-based earlier, the rhetoric of secularism and religious difference are likely to colour such intermix.


Celebrating Identity: Muharram


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Auliya Masjid: Auliya Mosque

Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah: The shrine of Muslim saint Bakhtiyar Kaki.

Jhaanki: Tableau

Tazia: A representation of the tombs of Hasan and Hussain (the grandsons of Muhammad), carried in processions for various Islamic festivities.

Dussehra: A festival that celebrates the victory of the god Rama over the demon king Ravana

Valmiki Jayanti: A festival that celebrated the birth anniversary of sage Valmik

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