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Hijron ka khanqah

Introduction: This is a most interesting place of mehrauli. It is in the middle of mehrauli bazaar, and you can easily miss its small entrance.  A Sufi spiritual retreat beautifully maintained and always empty for hijras. The enclosure is covered with 50 whitewashed tombs and 49 hijras are  put out of sight here. The principle tomb which is covered by a roof is said to be that of the sister of a man simply known as Sheikh Baba.  The politically correct term for hijras comes from Delhi as well from Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. They sing, dance, feast and pray and sometimes they cook in the graveyard.

 

History:  This is a Lodhi period mosque and khanqah or convent, which in the early 20th century came into the possession of the hijra or the eunuch community of the Turkman Gate area in old delhi. The place is maintained by naushad and another caretaker.

 

Open:  8.00 a.m to 8.00 p.m

Prayer  time: Not usually open to the public, but a request may be the guard to let you in

Address:  Ward no. 6, Mehrauli, Near Qutub Minar, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India

 

Near metro station: Qutub Minaru

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