Ramzan or Not, Nizamuddin Dargah Serves ‘Langar’ Round the Year
In New Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, it is not an uncommon sight to find a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Sikh sharing a meal at one of the many langars (open kitchens) it hosts round the year. These langars are served four times a week at the Dargah, where hundreds of devotees offer prayers everyday.
But during the holy month of Ramzan, these langars take the form of Iftar and are held every day. People from all walks of life, without any discrimination, are invited to join and partake in the feast.
The Dargah, which is entrenched with the mystical tradition of Sufism, opens its arms to one and all and celebrates this month with much fanfare.
The practice of serving langar at the Dargah began some 700 years ago, says a caretaker at the shrine. Initially, only non-vegetarian food (mutton and chicken) was served here.
But legend has it that when the Nizam got to know that a lot of the devotees could not pay a visit to the shrine owing to the non-vegetarian food, he himself declared, from that very moment, that only vegetarian food will be served so that no one would have to turn away from the hallowed doors of the shrine without partaking a meal.
That practice is still alive today and only “shudh-shakahari” food is served inside this compound.
Syed Suhail Nizami, a caretaker at the Nizamuddin Dargah, believes that the shrine is a symbol of harmony and it is their responsibility to respect each individual, irrespective of religion.