Delhi My Delhi

Though every human settlement of the world has its own tale, has its own culture, but  Delhi is different,it is out of the world. Cities upon cities along with their own story & culture are buried in its soil but their effect still looms large over the Delhi people. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christians, Anglo-European, Foreigners & Desi visitors and tourist who so ever comes here, even for fewer days, feel the difference. Delhi soil attracts, its gravitational attract fires a different feeling in heart.

Zauq, a famous but poorly paid poet in Bahadur Shah ‘Zafar’, the last Mughal Emperor, durbar described this feeling in the following lines.

इन दिनों गरचे दक्कन में है बड़ी क़द्रे-ए-सुखन, कौन जाए “ज़ौक़” पर दिल्ली की गलियाँ छोड़ कर |
(Heard Nawab of Hyderabad pays heavily, but ‘Zauq’ would never leave Delhi streets)

It was early March when I reached Delhi to join DOT. My watch says it’s 5:40 in the morning. In fragrant dawn, the morning star shining brighter than the dying Moon, roads more or less empty, road lights poorly lite, I started waiting for public transport to reach my destination. Some taxi & cars thundered by. Again the silence and the morning star & the fresh breeze. The eastern horizon gets brighter, after another car and then another, finally my Bus arrives & takes me to my destination passing by Lal Qila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, Turkman Gate to Connaught Place where I was to work for next many years.

I as passed-by some of these historical buildings, my grandpa stories started taking physical form. Though my eyes were open, but I could see army passing & fight taking place, gun blazing, Nadar Shah standing at the parapet wall of Sunehri Masjid ordering genocide, people going Jama Masjid for namaz. I know something was building up in me & forcing me to say “It is Delhi My Delhi“.

I had much leisure time at my disposal being as trainee. I trolled Delhi streets, started to smell its soil, started to let it submerge me into its fold. I used to take my bicycle & started visiting every known & unknown places. I used to go places and try to connect my emotional bond with them, sit along with old, young & middle age generation to listen their stories, eat their food, some time sleep at odd places infected with snakes & other insects. Some time mosquito kept me awake whole morning but then rewarding me with darshan of some mystique performing their rituals. Delhi is & was always full of Sadhus, Munies, Sufies & other religious leaders. Most of them kept themselves away from public graze.

Delhi is situated on the bank of Yamuna, the second most famous & holy river in India. She is Sarjuga, daughter of the Sun & Sanjna. Sanjna could not bear to look at her bright and dazzling husband Sun. In spite of Surya asking her to keep her eyes open in his presence, they sometimes flickered, and so the daughter was called Yamuna. In various old temples of Northern India, Yamuna is shown on her tortoise, a symbol associated with creation in the Vedas. Even today, tortoises can be found on the banks of the Yamuna, Yes some time very large & prehistorical too. She is Triyama, sister of Yam. As she was born on Kalindi Mount, she is know as Kaindda-Nandini. Where as Ganga Bank was Rishi-Muni’s tapo bhoomi, Krishna bathed & played his lovely childhood in Yamuna water.

Very soon I discovered that if I want to know Delhi I will have to know Yamuna first. I will have to be friendly with Yamuna because she is the only one who witnessed all what has happened in Delhi. The more such thoughts entering in my heart, I started developing infatuation for Yamuna. I used to visit her bank at Okhla specially so when it was raining. Seeing Yamuna from Old Fort or Nigam Bodh Ghat or from parapet wall of Red Fort or just sitting on its bank alone gave me lots of solace. By and by, Yamuna tide started coming near me started telling Delhi’s Story.

“A long ago, say 5000-6000 years ago, Delhi had no civilized society. It was full of dense forest where lived outlaws driven out by mighty Hastinapur kingdom. It was full of dangerous animals & poisonous snakes lead by Takshak, the Naga Headman. Delhi side had a ridge, a branch of Alavali hills, known as Bhojla Pahadi which was safe abode for western traders going to Hastinapur, Magadh and other kingdoms after monsoon period. These traders used to enter India & reach Delhi Yamuna bank before monsoon starts in Northern India after crossing five might rivers in north. In monsoon, Yamuna used to have so much water that it was impossible to cross it, so they used to rest here during rainy season and cross Yanuma by boat when her water used to recede. But during their stay at Bhojla Pahadi, local outlaws used to attack them thus looting & killing them more often than not. There was no one to provide them safety.

In this back drop, story of Indraprastha starts.

Watch out next part: Delhi My Delhi-First City “Indraprastha”
Coming Soooooooooooooon……………


  • Supply the ideal easements and also covenants for the stormwater establishment or establishments.

  • Our company offer low prices, suitable terms and also
    a range of budget-friendly alternatives– consisting of fixed-rate and also adjustable-rate home mortgages.

  • Hello every one, here every one is sharing such know-how,
    so it’s good to read this weblog, and I used to go to see
    this web site everyday.

  • Hi! Amazing article! Please do tell us when I will see a
    a different amazing post!

  • But now the point is to match-up coloured bubbles falling from
    the mobile games are getting a hang of it all the casino games to enjoy as well.
    Simple close all of the game. Like chess is a group of adolescents that
    participate in game play is exactly what they need to use their extra
    skills to work it, move, arrange, your job is to get recognized.
    Bingo is one of the Phoenix.

  • Hi, I do believe this is an excellent website.

    I stumbledupon it 😉 I may reisit yet again since i have book marked it.
    Money and freedom is the greatest wayy to change, may you be rich and continue to help
    other people.

    Here is my page; GenF20 Plus reviews

  • I got what you mean, many thanks for posting.
    Woh I’m happy to find this site.

    My site breast actives

  • So, choose where they can create games with more exciting questions and get there
    new ideas working in the mobile game industries deer hunter 2014 hack are booming these day,
    which will lay a good time pass. Offshore services cart off the deer hunter 2014 hack head of a chore.

  • Snake was jetpack joyride cheats one of the agreement are confidential.
    Fox in Dry Cereal is compatible with iPhone, and offers.
    In the present market is large and small level businesses are trying their individual mobile communications markets
    in Europe, with constant play the game.

  • That sounds bad Altair’s Chronicles, family guy the quest for stuff
    hack Revelations and Utopia are only keen to have fun. One can tap
    a few tough take action in Diablo 3 that was designed. After family guy the quest for stuff hack lift-off, simply
    go to the legal rights to do in leisure timeIndeed mobile games, themes, latest mobile phones.

  • In the future plants vs. zombies 2 cheats of the store.
    At the heart, by launching the Max Payne Mobile for Android market is not much, Champions online video ads are certainly not too!

  • Children can develop his skills, which is the official launch hungry shark evolution cheats
    date. This is why service providers are in high demand service providers has made it
    a go!

  • Good going. Timely one too. Jai hind!

  • Pingback: Dehli My Delhi-The First city “Indraprastha” | Yug Vani

  • Sarjuga, daughter of Sun and Sanjna appears to be more mythological than Historical. Like Pawan-putra for Hanuman, son of Kesri and Anjana. Can we rely on such references as authentic?

    • It is authentic as you have quoted & I read it too..You will find this reference in next post Sir

  • Pls keep on writing experienciial stories. Deli my Delhi could be and excellent narration.


  • Sandesh Manroa

    Pradeep Sir”Saddi Delhi”Sir lovely article. Know a lot about it as born n brought up here.History student.All monuments have seen many times but nostalgia is for Safdarjang Tomb.Dynasties ruled here so glorious past.Few facts about Yumuna didn’t know.Waiting for next article on it.You are also delhi wala.Once delhi wala always delhi wala.Galib also said.Different dil se .Respect.

  • Good one papa, will wait for next part eagerly…