Wishing on a Djinn in Delhi

Feroz Shah Kotla is the remains of a fortified city built by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq in the 14th century.

For six days a week it is one of the lesser monuments of Delhi, notable mostly for the ruins of a mosque in the grounds and a pristine obelisk called the Ashoka Pillar.

On Thursday evenings the fort becomes a place of pilgrimage.

Thousands come to ask Djinn spirits, believed to be present, to grant their wishes.

Their devotions – as chronicled by Delhi-based photographer Simon de Trey-White – take the form of offerings and handwritten requests placed in the stones of the buildings, which, over the years, have become blackened by candle and incense smoke.

Many people visit all the chambers, which are supposed to have a Djinn living in each of them.

Worship of Djinns at the fort dates back to the 1970s and remains as popular today as it was then.


Published: December 28, 2014 04:00 AM


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