Phoolwalo Ki Sair Festival for kaumiekta.
Phoolwalo Ki Sair
Phoolwalon ki Sair is celebrated in the season of monsoon, every year. This starts with a procession led by Shehnai players and dancers. The procession starts from the temple of Jog Maya and passes through the Mehrauli Bazaar to place flower veil on the tomb of Saint Qutab Bakhtiyar Kaki. This is one of the very few festivals in which both Hindus and Muslims participate with equal fervor.The festival began with when the grieving queen of Akhbar Shah II vowed that if her exiled son was allowed to return to Delhi, she would offer a four- poster flower bed at the holy shrine of Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki. After the British decided to call back the exiled son, the queen offered an exquisite flower canopy to which to which the local flower sellers added a flower pankha. The costs of this flower pankha were carried by the flower sellers who finally marched out in a procession to the saint's tomb.
Kathak dances and Qauwwali performances are organized for the audience at both the places. The cultural program takes place at the Jahaz Mahal (ship palace) near Mehrauli Bazaar. The first day procession of fans and flowers mark its end at this place. The next day, another elaborate procession takes shape near the pond and finds its way to the tomb of Khwaza Bakhtiyar Kaki. The last day is reserved for other performances such as poetry recitation and Ghazal presentations.
In the sultanate days, the emperors used to visit both the tomb of Khwaza Bakhtiyar and to the Jog Maya Mandir. The tradition was continued by the common Hindus and Muslims. Poets like Mirza Ghalib promoted this trend through his poetries. Phoolwalon-ki-Sair became an annual celebration and something that the people looked forward to every year in the months following the monsoon. Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India and a champion of secularism, revived this festival in early sixties.