Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

The Dam Madar Malang and The Bawa In Chains Waris Pak

The Bawa In Chains Waris Pak

The Bawa In Chains Waris Pak

Documenting Ya Waris Pak Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Forget The Borders Of India .. We As The People Cannot Save Our Girl Child..

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Ya Hussain Ya Hussain - The Heritage Of Dewa Sharif

I had come back from a strenuous spiritual trip from the Urus of Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur , travelling by bus from Bhillaur to Kanpur by bus and again by bus non stop to Lucknow to catch a train for Mumbai , I thought I would stop over at my inlaws house in Lucknow Nakhas ..

But I had a dream and the next thing I know I was headed to Barabanki , to visit the Holy Shrine of Dewa Sharif,, The Holy Saint was a Maulaiee a great lover of Imam Hussain , it is said during the majlis he would cry profusely for Hussain that his entire body would be wet .. such was the intensity of his devotion and by the side of His Holy Shrine is the Imambada in memory of Karbala And Imam Hussain..

Etched on it are the Words

Shah ast Hussain, Badshah ast Hussain
Deen ast Hussain, Deen Panah ast Hussain
Sardad na dad dast, dar dast-e-yazeed,
Haqaa key binaey La ila ast Hussain

Translated by Mr. Raza Rumi

Ruler is Hussain, Emperor is Hussain,
Faith is Hussain , guardian of faith is Hussain .
Offered his head and not the hand to Yazid.
Truly, the mirror of faith is Hussain

There Is a World Of A Difference Between What I See - What You See

You see beauty
hidden behind leaves
but a love of Hussein
of the soul of a Holy
Saint of Dewa Sharif
I perceive ..Karbala
Tears on Humanity
threaded weaves
a pain that pulls
my soul and heaves
clinging to the greatest
sacrifice in Islam.. no
mightier warrior than
Hussein who gave his life
for his belief ..he lives
while nothing remains
of Ozymandias yazid;;
a graphic image or is
it just a poets dream..
or just a motif...
reflecting sorrow as
tears in a hand kerchief

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Documenting the Warsi Malangs and Dewa Sharif

Devotees of Ya Waris Haq

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Ya Waris Piya


In the first quarter of 19th century when the Moghul Empire in India was on its last leg and sectarian frenzy was being spurred up to establish British Rule in the country, a child was born in the quite little town of Dewa in this district, who was destined to influence the lives of a vast majority of people by radiating divine love for humanity with the centripetal brilliance of his soul to guide them on the path of righteousness and piety.

Sarkar Waris Ali Shah of Dewa came of a family of Hussaini Syeds distinguished for piety and learning. His genealogy shows that he was born in the 26th generation of Hazrat Imam Hussain. The date of his birth is disputed varying from 1233 A.H. to 1238 A.H. The author of Maarif Warisya has put the date of his birth as 1234 A.H. corresponding to 1809 of the Christian era. His father, Syed Qurban Ali Shah belonged to a land-lord class and was a man of considerable learning having completed his education in Baghdad.

Sarkar Waris Ali Shah was not yet three years old when he lost his parents and the burden of his upbringing fell on the feeble shoulders of his grandmother. At the age of five he started learning 'Quran' and committed it to memory. He seldom read his books but to the amazement of his tutor he could say his lessons correctly. He preferred solitude to books and often slipped away out of doors to spend long periods in retirement and contemplation. He was never seen playing with children of his age and took pleasure in giving them sweets and distributing money among the poor. It soon became evident to those around him that he was not quite of the earth. His brother-in-law Haji Syed Khadim Ali Shah who lived at Lucknow took charge of his education and initiated him in the mysteries of occult science, giving him the necessary training.

Portrait of Sarkar Waris Pak

It was not long before Haji Syed Khadim Ali Shah died and his mentle descended upon the boy at the age of fourteen. Sarkar Waris Ali Shah started initiating people in his order and had a number of disciples. When he was only fifteen, the burning glow of divine love impelled him to start on a pilgrimage to Mecca, he gave away all his property including a valuable library to his relations and destroyed documents relating to his estate.

For 12 long-years he traveled in Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Iran, Turkey, Russia and Germany, it is said that he performed Haj 10 times in the course of his travels. One day while inside 'KABA' he began humming a tune. The keeper of 'KABA' warned him and said 'You seem to forget that it is the house of God' . Quick cam the reply 'Can you tell me a place where God is not present?' From the date of his first Haj, Haji Waris Ali Shah discarded putting tailored clothes and started donning the Ahram (Unstitched cloth wrapped around the body). He traveled on foot and used no conveyance of any sort but got the boats only to cross the Seas. He visited Constantinople in the time of Sultan Abdul Majid who was so impressed at the sight of the holy stranger that he offered himself to be admitted in his order. Haji Waris Ali Shah was the guest of Prince Bismarck when he visited Berlin.

When he returned home his own people did not know him. His ancestral house was in ruins and when he went round the village no one came to welcome him.Some of his relations shunned him, lest he should claim back his property which they held in their possession. He smiled at their coldness and remarked 'They seem to think that I have come back for the sake of my property, as if I care for it' and went away to resume his wandering.

Sufism is based on love, which they say is the eternal order of the universe. All matter is composed of invisible particles or atoms by the force of gravitation. This natural phenomenon is interpreted in Sufism as the tendency of LOVE. Since God created man in his own likeness, the man as the highest form of creation must essentially claim affinity with the divine and the absolute.

Haji Sahab was so possessed of the divine idea that he practically lost all self-consciousness. His inward bent of mind prevented him from holding long discourses. He was one of those Saints whose thoughts are altogether absorbed in the contemplation of the Almighty and had no room for anything else.

Haji Waris Ali Shah never claimed any extra ordinary powers for himself. but there are innumerable instances of his having healed the sick by a glance or by a touch. Once on his way to Bahraich, he wanted to cross the river Ghaghra in floods, but no boat was available at the ferry. He decided to swim across the river with his companions. They were in the state of terrible fright and reluctant to follow him, but to their astonishment, the water was found to be only knee-deep, when they got in and simply waded through it. His feet never showed any sign of dirt though he remained bare-footed, nor did they leave any mark on the carpet when he stepped in the room.

Hindus held him in high esteem and regarded him as a perfect Sufi and a follower of Vedant. To the Hindus he said 'Believe Brahma Do not worship idols and be honest'. Thousands of Hindus, including Sadhus and Fakirs of different Panthas paid homage to him and entered his order. He always welcomed them with these words 'You and I are the same' he recognised God in every individual, because he had realised, Him in himself. He did not ask non-Muslims to abjure their religion on the contrary he advised them to follow it with greater zeal and sincerity.

Haji Waris Ali Shah was as popular with the English educated youth as with the people of the old generations, English knowing men flocked to him in hundreds and sat at his feet. He was the first Sufi Darvesh to have crossed the Seas and visited Europe and was also the first to have attracted the English knowing Class. A Spanish Noble by the name of Count Galaraza came all the way from Spain to visit him and had an interview with him at Dewa.

Haji Waris Ali Shah a monarch in the domain of Sufism passed away for his heavenly abode on April 7th, 1905, after a brief illness. His mission was to teach the love of God as well as universal love by rallying men of conflicting creeds under one common banner. He was buried at the spot where he died and this place is marked by a splendid monument erected in his memory by some of his devoted followers.

Hindu-Iranian Architecture

The mausoleum of Haji Waris Ali Shah is a monument of communal amity, constructed on a pattern, blending the Hindu-Iranian styles of architecture. The mausoleum is an emblem of communal harmony, universal brotherhood and affection, preached by the Saint. The tomb, the shrines and the latticed outer apartment girdling the inner shrine for 'Parikrama' (Tawaf) are indicative of the Hindu style of architecture while the towers and minarets present the Persian architecture.

It is noteworthy that Hindus along with Muslim devotees made a significant contribution to the construction of the mausoleum. The silver platted spire was donated by Raja Udit Narain Singh of Ram Nagar in this district, the silver covering on doors was done on behalf of the rulers of Kashmir and the entire marble flooring was completed from the Estate donated by Thakur Pancham Singh of Mainpuri at whose cost a mess runs to feed the visitors during the Mela. The mausoleum is surrounded by an array of Khanquahs and imposing gate in front of it. There is a trust to look after the management of the mausoleum and properties donated by the disciples.

Every year Urs is held at the scared tomb in the month of 'Safar' with non-stop quawwali recitals.

Haji Sahab organised Urs of his father, Haji Qurban Ali Shah in the month of 'Kartik' according to Hindu calendar when a big fair is held to commemorate the Saints. Relieved of agriculture operations in the month of the fair people from far and wide participate in it in a festive mood. Visitors from all the parts of the country come to pay their homage to the great Sufi Saint Haji Waris Ali Shah and his father. Pilgrims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are also attracted to make the fair a cosmopolitan congregation.

The Dewa Fair, which attracts pilgrims and visitors from all parts of the country to the mausoleum of the great Saint, comes in full swing with the ceremony of Chadar presentation on the tombs of Haji Waris Ali Shah and his father. Embroided sheets of Varanasi Silk are placed on the tombs of Haji Sahab and his father Haji Qurban Ali Shah.

Opening Ceremony

These sheets are carried in silver plates in a procession. Quawwalis and devotional songs are recited all the way by professional singers as the procession wends its way to the mausoleums. Pilgrims also carry Chadars singing their way to the shrines.

There is much of interest to the peasantry in Dewa Fair. A big cattle market is the highlight of the fair and is the main source of its revenue. The cattle market has been split into various portions each being reserved for a particular species of animals.

The demonstration of improved agricultural implements and engines for pumping of water for irrigation draw large crowd of cultivators. Concerns dealing in chemicals fertilizers arrange free distribution of packets and literature explaining the use and effects of various types of fertilizers.

The cynosure of all eyes at the Dewa Fair is a decorated exhibition consisting of stalls of various departments, depicting the activities and achievements through colourful exhibits arranged in any eye-catching manner. The exhibits portray through pictures, photographs and models methods to contain the population explosion. In another stall are placed on view various exhibits showing the cultural life and historical places of the state and also national building schemes.
Some field demonstrations are also arranged by agriculture and Cane departments to explain improved farm strategies to agriculturists. Improved agricultural implements are also on show

A good treat of cultural programmes are held at the fair by conducting Mushaira, Kavi sammelan, Music Conference and Debate in a decorated pandal.

Sports loving people find great pleasure in events like Hockey, Volleyball, and Badminton tournaments as well as Rifle shooting and Kite Flying programmes.

The Dewa Fair which is regarded as one of the finest and neatest fair in the state has its own water supply arrangement. The exhibition association every year spend large amounts in maintaining sanitary and conservancy service to keep the Mela area spite and span. Treatment facilities and First-Aid services are provided free of cost during the ten days Mela period. An elaborate arrangement is made to maintain law and order and regulate traffic arrangement by having a full-fledged Kotwali, Wireless Station, Walkie-Talkie sets and central Loudspeaker system. Evenings, in the fair provide greater attractions for the visitors as the entire township in the fair is transformed into a fairy land with millions of coloured lights.

Fireworks display
A brilliant display of fireworks marks the conclusion of the ten days Dewa Fair. The Fireworks manufacturers of Dewa, Fatehpur, Zaidpur, Nawabganj and also from outside the district vie with each other in demonstrating their skill in letting

Fireworks display
off paper-balloons in the sky with a flame burning at its center, firing rockets with a flame burning at its center, firing rockets with a string of multi-coloured fireballs shooting in the air and depicting picturesque landscape by igniting gun powder inside the fast rotation wheels releasing mariads of twinkling star-like sparks of various tints..

kind courtesy

Shahnawaz Ahmed Malik Warsi

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Purity Is The Essence Of Islam...Mind Body And Thought

The Poor Of Uttar Pradesh Live On Borrowed Dreams ,,,

The Poor Of Uttar Pradesh Live On Borrowed Dreams ,,,

The Poor Of Uttar Pradesh Live On Borrowed Dreams ,,,

Ya Waris Allah Waris Haq Waris Allah Waris

The Man From Uttar Pradesh Rode A Royal Elephant When It Went Berserk He Opted For The Cycle..

when the cycle
breaks down
which it will
sooner or later
than he will
hitch a ride
on the elephant
now gone calm
worldly wise
he does not
trust the hand
or the lotus
a loaded dice
political chessboard
demands too much
sacrifice ..who
will bell the cat
says the wary mice
blind man led by
blind hopes blind
dreams ..promise
of eyes ...socketless
he remains as time
flies ...before he dies

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

He Pierced The Poetry In My Soul.. And I Captured His Angst Forever

This Is World Is A Gilded Cage .. Man The Nightingale Of Sorrow

The Waris Malang of Dewa Sharif

We Are Both Malangs ..Do Roop Ek Rang

Waris Malangs of Dewa Sharif

He Tries To Sell Everything Under The Sun At Dewa Sharif..

Have You Ever Thought About What The Beggar Would Do With The Few Coins You Give

he would
have to travel
all the way to
kashmir for
one rupee meal
or trek to delhi
jama masjid area
for a 5 rupeee meal
or take a train to
mumbai close
to mr raj babbars
house for a 12
rupee meal
or he would
have to beg borrow
steal ..his fucked
fate sealed .
for politicians
on full stomach
it is just being
funny zestful
their words
dont heal

they dont feel
what a beggar feels
who really cares for
beggars .. not mr
ahluwalia with his
economic zeal

an empty paper plate
costs more than rs 5
a thought reveals

going round and round
the cosmic wheel for
an imaginary meal

The Beggars Of Dewa Sharif

A picture I tried to tweak.. so that it could speak

his flesh
was dying
his spirit
was weak
on the road
to purgatory
a human freak
once he was
young robust
at his peak
than came
the fall
gave him
a hard
slap on his
his lot
his lost
now lonely

dekho zalimon
gira main asman
se zameen par
mangta hoon bheek
gandu ab bhi waqt
hai mujhse ek
sabak seek
sab yahin reh
jayega ..thuk
ka thuk
peek ka peek

They Come To Dewa Sharif To Be Healed

for 3 days
they get a
free room
free meals
a pact of
ya waris
pak truly
revealed .

The Crying Beggar of Dewa Sharif

on the cobbled
street of remorse
like a fallen leaf
i dare not ask her
what was her grief
robbing her of
her soul i felt
like a thief..
no reprieve
her cosmic fate
holding on to her
belief.. finally
i gave her
some money
along with
my kerchief