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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A City or an Inception of history?

A city, an epic, a memorable ever ending street, a place which is a city on its own beneath the city. Old Delhi is having many names in his kitty, with the vibrant colors of India to the street of joy, right from food culture to the spiritual culture which shows the egalitarianism and equality of the country. The street of chandni chowk is a perfect example of the correspondence, equality, parity and fairness of our country, a street where a mosque, temple. Church, Gurduwara all lands on same soil, an avenue which is surrounded by the pride of the immense cultural ethos.

Old Capital or a saga
Chandni Chowk is the major street in the walled city of Old Delhi, which was originally called Shah Jahanabad. The walled city which includes the Lal Qilla Red Fort of Delhi was established in 1650 AD, by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahanara Begum Sahib, who also made significant contributions in the landscaping of her father's new capital of Shahjahanabad. The area lies in the historically important Shahjahanabad, between the Lal Qila (The Red Fort) and Fatehpuri Masjid. On both sides of the wide Chandni Chowk streets are historical residential areas served by narrow lanes (galis).

Never Ending Avenue
Boulevard starts with the great testimonial of the city Red Fort than comes the Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, established in 1656 with a bird hospital established in 1929. There is also a Naya Mandir built in 1807 near by in Dharampura, which was the first temple with a shikhar permitted. Than it is followed by Gauri Shankar Temple which  is a Hindu temple built in 1761 after that there is Christian Central Baptist Church built in 1814.On the same street there is Sikh Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib. The permission to build the Gurdwara was given in 1783. Beside the Gurdwara one can notice Muslim Sunehri Masjid built in 1721. The street ends up with the pride at Fatehpuri Masjid built by Fatehpuri Begum in 1650.
The question confronting the street today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message. In the end I would like to quote the famous poet "Kaun jaye Zauq Dilli ki galian chor kar'' -- who, oh Zauq would dare desert the lanes of Delhi. One need not be a Delhite to understand the relevance of it even in our own prosaic times.

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