‘Meethi Eid Mubarak!’, a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid

As the month of Ramzan begins, the Jama Masjid and its grandeur is stunned with people offering prayers and feasting after breaking their fast post sunset.

Eyes closed, hands seeking blessings and hearts pure; everything pauses.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri

The month of Ramzan has been one of the most awaited months of the year for every Muslim across the globe. As the month of fasting comes to an end people greet each other with- ‘Eid Mubarak, keeping consistent smiles on their face and the light of god encircling them to another world.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
That little head looks like it is popping out of the shopping bag ?

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
~ Ramzan afternoons at the Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in Shahjahanabad that is built at an astonishing cost of Rs one million by Emperor Shahjahan and completed in 1656, the Jama Masjid remains the biggest and grandest mosque of Delhi.

Jayshree Shukla, an amateur street photographer and heritage buff brings to you ‘Ramzan series’ as one of the finest humane documents on the month of Ramzan.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
The sun is setting on the month of Ramzan

Jayshree regards herself as a Dehalvi took every picture with a caption that brings alive the image just as much as it was in reality.  Also been interested in heritage monuments and the syncretic traditions, Jayshree heads to the Jama Masjid in the month of Ramzan.

 

 

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Iftaar goodies sell out fast. Kallan Miyan ke stall lage hue hain and the grand Jama Masjid forms a stupendous backdrop.

During the month of Ramzan the Jama Masjid acquires a special significance for the believers. Built at an astonishing cost of Rs one million by Emperor Shahjahan and completed in 1656, the Jama Masjid remains the biggest and grandest mosque of Delhi where people offer prayers and gather for a feast.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Panchhi banoo udti phiroon mast gagan mein

Every evening, during the month of Ramzan, as the sun starts to fade, believers gather in the massive stone courtyard of the mosque to wait for Iftar.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Paneer ki jalebi from Kallan Sweets. A special treat for Iftaar!
'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Qeema samosas are a Ramzan special for Iftaar!

The scene is festive. Like a picnic.

 

 

 

 

Families bring little hampers of food and cold drinks and spread their sheets and settle down there. By the time the time of Iftar is at hand, the courtyard is packed with greetings and fragrance of food.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
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People arrange the food brought from home or bought from the hawkers below the Masjid and await the two explosions which announce the end of the ‘roza’, she said.

The azaan begins, the lights come on and people begin to eat.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Iftari in the sky!

The mosque soon turns into a bejewelled beauty!

Soon it will be time for the maghrib namaaz, she added.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Hum sab taiyyar hain. Bas do patakhe phootne ki der hai!

The whole scene as it unfolds is almost surreal in its beauty and a vibgyor of people coming together to celebrate each day. You feel transported in time to another place and another world. It becomes a world where love, peace and prayers take over every other feeling.

'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Ammi ke saath
'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
Shayad aaj aakhri roza hai. Iftaar bas ghadiyon door hai. Koi kami toh nahi reh gayi
'Eid Mubarak!', a picturesque letter with love from Jama Masjid
~ Ramzan nights at the Jama Masjid

-Written and Edited by Nimrat Kaur for PTC News , Pictures Courtesy: Jayshree Shukla