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Lasting monument

Some may recall that a while ago, I posted a set of photographs of the Hauz Khas Complex in New Delhi. I have added 7 photographs and narrative for a highlight of the Hauz Khas Complex - the tomb of Feroz Shah Tughlaq, which he got constructed circa 1350 CE, well before his death in 1388 CE. It was built at the same time he had the madrassa built at this site, and is a lasting monument to this enlightened ruler from Delhi's Sultanate period.. Do view the photos full screen and read through the narrative on each photo.

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Stepping through a past age of learning

In this photo essay, I have tried to take you, the viewer, through a beautiful place and a time in history that is not known widely, especially outside India. Each photo has a narrative and through this and the sequence of pictures, I have attempted to tell a story. I hope you can step through this set of pictures, and if not in person, can vicariously experience being there. 

There are quite a few historic places in Delhi that are not as well known as the Red Fort or Humayun's Tomb but these lesser known places are just as beautiful and historically significant. One such place is the Hauz Khas or Royal Tank.

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Good luck to the person who needs to troubleshoot that

A "utility" pole in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi.

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The barber's corner

A street barber in Delhi tends to a customer, who's evidently finding this quite relaxing.

Somewhat along the lines of what +Rao Gobburu posted but without umbrellas!

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Rest in peace

This is a 4 image pano of 12 bracketed frames of the inside of the Dadi (grandmother) tomb, which is one of the pair of tombs called the Dadi-Poti (grandmother-granddaughter) tombs. Apparently this has nothing to do with who is buried here but just by the relative size of the two monuments. This pair of tombs is in the Green Park/Hauz Khas area of New Delhi, India. It is apparently not known who is buried in the two tombs, but there appear to be six people buried in this one, with the size of the sarcophagi denoting the relative importance of the individual. This larger of the two tombs is from the Lodi dynasty during Delhi's Sultanate period (circa 1420 CE).

It was the door of this tomb that I posted here: https://plus.google.com/111760994834428090634/posts/ZRpKjerNBSh

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Here comes the sun

What is wonderful about Delhi is that you need only go a short distance before you will find ancient structures and buildings. As it is one of the world's oldest cities, current structures have been built on layers upon layers of older construction. In the midst of the congestion, people live within or right next to unbelievably old structures.

This image is the entrance of the larger of two monuments that I came across right in the middle of a busy part of the city. It is an old tomb from the 14th century CE, during Delhi's Sultanate period, with Islamic architecture from the period. From what I could see, there are 5 people buried within this structure, but it is not known now who they were.

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The joy of sitting in the sun on a winter's day

I was amused to see this outside the neighbour's house in Delhi. After many drab and dreary days, the sun came out that afternoon, and the neighbour's guard and dog, both in their cool weather gear, sat sunning themselves on chairs on the verge of the quiet road. After taking this photo, I went downstairs and stood next to the dog's chair. The guard tried to be hospitable and offered me the dog's chair, but the dog would have none of that! It lay unmoving but growled softly as if to say, "Go away, this warm spot is mine"! ;))

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Prayer by the wayside

Small impromptu places of worship are commonly found all over India. In this case, a picture of the Hindu deity, Hanuman, placed on a tree in a small back lane in Delhi has become a little place of worship where others have placed floral offerings. I'm not sure if the host tree that you see here is a Banyan tree but it certainly had a young Banyan tree growing as a strangler fig a little higher up in the branches, and the Banyan is considered sacred to Hindus, which is perhaps why the picture was placed there.

Interestingly, this tree is on the periphery of an old Islamic monument from Delhi's Sultanate period (the monument is circa 1340 CE), which you can see at top right behind the fences.

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