Photo by Vidya Sury © of the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India
Photo by Vidya Sury © at the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India

Birds Of A Feather

March Six Word Photo Story Challenge: “Pet People”

Gratitude for the hand that feeds.

One of the most beautiful things, at least for me, at the magnificent Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi is watching the pigeons at 6.30 a.m. when they arrive for breakfast. Hundreds of them flock together, descending on the generous spread of grain. They have a go at it, scattering it. Then the guy in charge comes and sweeps it all back for them.

It is a truly wonderful sight to see the flocks of pigeons rise and descend. The sound is mesmerizing, combined with the sounds of prayer. As you can see in the photo (please hover and click to see a larger size), there are earthenware bowls of water constantly refilled.

I wanted to share a photo of the pigeons that crap in my balcony, but then I came across this photo in my album and thought it much better than the one of the pigeons giving me the evil and mutinous eye.

About the Jama Masjid: This great 17th-century mosque located in Old Delhi is the largest in India. It has a courtyard that can hold 25,000 devotees. It is considered the architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

A gorgeous tourist spot, the mosque has three massive gates, four towers, and two forty-meter minarets made of red sandstone and white marble. There is a copy of the Quran written on deerskin, a red hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, a pair of his footwear, and his footprints on a marble block. In the evenings, the mosque is lit up and a sight to behold.

When I am in Delhi, I visit the mosque in the early hours of the morning and enjoy the sunrise, as I watch the pigeons. And then, slowly head off to Chandni Chowk, the market that sells everything. And oh, it is a foodie’s paradise, too.



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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

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