All these years, the one thing that we have seen the entire nation fighting or cribbing about is the fight of the Hindu and Muslim. But even after this age-long fight, there is a festival that unites these two communities together and is celebrated by both, the Hindu as well as the Muslim community in a unique way. The festival I'm talking about is none other than Vasant Panchami.
Yellow mustards and marigolds are offered at the shrine of a Sufi saint named Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya at Nizamuddin Dargah. He was the spiritual master of Amir Khusrow who dedicated songs of spring to him. Apart from the historical relations, it feels great to see people of two of the most prominent communities in India come together and celebrate the occasion as a mark of respect to the saint.
Come, let's read about it in detail.
The Dargah named after Nizamuddin Auliya who lived from 1238 to 1325 witnesses this celebration every year and gets filled with yellow blooming mustards.
Khusrow saw a bunch of women in yellow, they were all jolly and were singing something that made him curious, and he kept on asking questions to the ladies on why they were doing it. The women immediately told him that they were going to offer flowers in the temple and that this would make God happy. Khusrow immediately got dressed in a saree and went to offer flowers in the temple.
And it instantly became a moment to rejoice for everyone. Ever since that day, the onset of Vasant is marked by dressing in yellow and carrying mustard flowers and singing qawwali.
As a remembrance of this incident, the ritual has been taken forward, and it is followed till now. Qawwalis are performed and songs on this day and spring season are dedicated to the famous saint.
It is observed on the third day of Jumada al-awwal, this year it was celebrated on January 21, 2018.
The festival has now become a bridge that will lessen the gap that we have created as humans between the two religions.
Cover image source: Hindustan Times
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