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 محراب

The Mihrab, from inside and outside the main chamber of Humayun’s Tomb. Delhi, India

 

Mihrab, also known as a prayer niche, is a common element of Islamic Mosque architecture throughout the world.

The mihrab is symbolically cut over the jaali or marble lattice screen in Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In place of the traditional Surah An-Noor (Commandments) of Quran inscribed on the mihrabs, there is just an outline allowing light to enter from the Qibla or direction of the Mecca.

Mecca is the city in which the Prophet Muhammad was born, and the home of the most important Islamic site, the Kaaba. The direction of Mecca is called the Qibla, and so the wall in which the Mihrab is set is called the Qibla Wall.

 

  • mihrab in India will be to the west, while a one in Egypt will be to the east.
  • The origin of Mihrab is non religious. A special room (used for private worship) in the house was referred as mihrab
  • Mihrabs vary in size, are usually ornately decorated and designed to give the impression of an arched doorway or a passage to Mecca
  • The mihrab originated in the reign of the Umayyad prince al-Walīd I (705–715), during which time the famous mosques at Medina, Jerusalem, and Damascus were built

 

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library @ New Delhi

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A sudden weekend plan with friends finally had us going to Nehru Memorial Museum and Library @ New Delhi. We usually take our own city bucket list of places to see / explore for guaranteed ….. Thank God we at least have one ticked as done now 🙂   The day was spent well despite the uncomfortable humidity and heat.

The museum, a part of the Teen Murti grounds, was earlier the official residence of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Its a huge campus with sprawling well kept green lawns and a wonderful collection of Indian History through photographs, paper clipping and more

What saddened me was the way school children made the place noisy with least interest shown by them and their teachers in the place. It was more like a quick stroll and picnic time on the lawns ….. that’s one of the bitter truths of education system in some of our schools.

The planetarium, with its aim being the promotion of astronomy education, is much small compared to the Birla Planetarium in Kolkata and since I have been there as a kid …… this one in Delhi unfortunately did not appeal to me 😦 There is much room for improvement considering its in the capital of our country.

One of the attractions of this place is the Soyuz T-10 which carried India’s first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma to space, along with his space suit and mission journal.

A good place to take your school going kids and for you too if history and astronomy appeals / interests you.

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soyuz (1)Soyuz T-10 along with the space suit and mission journal.
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Lesser Known: Kushak Mahal, a medieval hunting lodge

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Kushak Mahal is situated in the Teen Murti campus nestled amidst trees thus an easy miss. Most of us would not have visited this monument leave alone heard about it ……. unless you have taken a trip to the Delhi Nehru Planetarium 🙂

It is one of the many 14th century ‘Hunting Lodge’ or ‘Shikaar Ghar’ built by the then Sultan of Delhi, Firoz Shah Tughlaq who was known for being active in improving and providing good infrastructure. The other shikaar ghars built have a similar look and feel. In fact the nearby Kushak Road is named after it

The Mahal is built on a high platform and made of rubble and sand. It is now protected by the ASI and well maintained. It is fancy free ….. no carvings or beautification but a solid, airy fuss free structure. Built around 15 feet high, it is accessible through a flight of high steps. The monument in fact had an embankment, used to store rain water, which no longer exists.

A few glimpses of the simple yet strong and well ventilated Kushak Mahal.KM11

The Mahal is full of huge arches that open up to greenery.KM10

 

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