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Spice market in Khari Baoli, Old Delhi,India is the biggest Asian wholesale spice market. It is so crowded, noisy and the aroma of spices is so strong.
Very interesting place .
From the net:
Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi)
Still surrounded by crumbling city walls and three surviving gates, the vibrant, bustling Shahjahanabad, built over a period of 10 years by Emperor Shah Jahan, is very much a separate city — predominantly a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws, and lined with 17th-century havelis (Indian mansions), their balustrades broken and once-ornate facades defaced with rusted signs and sprouting satellite dishes. Old Delhi is inhabited by a predominantly Muslim population whose lives revolve around work and the local mosque, much as it was a century ago.
Taken on Muharram day
Muslims provide an additional significance of the month of Muharram. They held the month of Muharram to be the most holy of all the months, without Ramadan.
The festival Muharram 2011 in India .In the month of Muharram Hazrat Imam Hussain and Hazrat Imam Hassan (the grandsons of the Holy Mohammad Prophet), his family members and a number of his followers were surrounded by the forces of Yazid, the Muslim ruler of that time. The incident happened at a place called Karbala in Iraq on the bank of the river Euphrates in 61st year after Hijra (approximately October 20th 680 A.D.).
Hussain and his followers were forced to pay allegiance to the Caliph (Muslim civil and religious leader considered to be Allah’s representative on earth) of the time and submit to his authority. But they ware disagreed to do so. The ruler become angrier and ordered to kill all of them. After a little battle Hussain and his followers were tortured and killed by an army teems of the ruler and they Hussain’s head was severed and presented to the king.
As this tragic incident happened on the tenth day of Muharram, Shia Muslims consider this a day of sorrow. They commemorate the death anniversary of Hussain as a religious occasion called Muharram.
Current year Muharram will be celebrated on 6th December 2011. It is a Gazetted holyday by Indian government.
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in Old Delhi capable of holding 25,000 devotees.It was build in 1644.
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