Basant Panchami Is Celebrated At Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah With Gusto. Here’s Why

Witness the glory of Nizamuddin Dargah shining in the colour yellow and enjoy floral whiffs on Basant Panchami.

by Ankita Mazumdar
Basant Panchami Is Celebrated At Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah With Gusto. Here’s Why

Basant Panchami is celebrated on a larger scale at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah. It is not just limited to a specific religion. People from all over come here to celebrate this festival for 700 years. All the offerings are in the colour of yellow, the flowers, the chaadars and more. Ever wondered why Nizamuddin Dargah celebrates Basant Panchami? Let us go into the history to know the reason behind it.

Why Is Basant Panchami Celebrated At Nizamuddin Dargah?

Nizamuddin Dargah is the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, one of the most famous saints. While Nizamuddin Dargah is thronged by believers regularly, it is a special scenario when it is Basant Panchami! The entire dargah and shrine are carpeted in yellow flower petals and people donning yellow attires. So the view from above looks merry and very yellow. Basant Panchami at Nizamuddin Dargah is also known as Sufi Basant.

Hazrat Nizamuddin loved his nephew; he never married nor had any kids of his own. He was named Khwaja Taqiuddin Nuh who could not fight his illness and succumbed to death. This death deeply sorrowed Hazrat Nizamuddin and the renowned poet, Amir Khusrao and his nephew, witnessed it.

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Basant Panchami is to mark the arrival of spring. Amir Khusrao accidentally ran into some Hindu women celebrating Basant Panchami and enquired about it. They were all dressed in yellow and had baskets of mustard flowers. They told him that they were on the way to Kalka ji mandir to offer to gods. He quickly changed into yellow attire and went to Hazrat Nizamuddin with a basket of mustard flowers. As Amir was happy, dancing and singing, it lifted the mood of Hazrat Nizamuddin.

This Festival Became A Tradition Since The Past 700 Years

The yellow colour and the uplifted mood of Hazrat Nizamuddin have been made permanent because since then Basant Panchami has been celebrated at Nizamuddin Dargah with much vigour and happiness. The shrine is turned yellow and the air smells great with all the mustard flowers and petals. In the evening, the devotional qawwalis uplift the atmosphere more. Hence, it also focuses on celebrating love and the arrival of spring.

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You have got to be at Nizamuddin Dargah during their celebrations for Basant Panchami, the scenery is a mesmerising one.

Cover Image Credits: Instagram/hazratnizamuddinauliadargah and X/tanu_97

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