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Maghar is a town and a Nagar panchayat where 15th-century well-known poet Kabir’s samadhi is made by Hindus and mazaar by muslims lie next to each other, which reveals how the poet was respected by both the religions. Maghar is a town in Sant Kabir Nagar district close to Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Maghar is considered as a religious place.

The historical name of Maghar is ‘Margharan’ which means abduction on the way. Due to such an inappropriate name, no one wanted to come to visit the town and start livelihood there.

According to old ancestors, they said that once a saint who was resting there. He was troubled by the dacoits which made saint angry as a result he cured the town saying that it will be a barren land which will yield nothing good that can be loot.

Varanasi is a close to Maghar and there was a belief at that time that if someone dies in Maghar than they will attain a death-like donkey and direct go to hell whereas dying in Varanasi means you will attain salvation. But saint Kabir has not supported that belief, went there, and meditated. It is said that when Kabir meditated there it rained. From the day of rain, it was no more considered a barren land. Moreover that to broke a belief about going to hell if someone dies in Maghar, Kabir decided to die in Maghar.

Kabir that time sends a message to people that everyone has to stop flocking to Varanasi to achieve moksha. Kabir wanted to stop the blind-folded belief. In 2011, the population of Maghar holds 19,181 people happily have their life which shows that saint Kabir was very venerable to them having such a great impact. He was loved by both Muslims and Hindus.

The good thing is that the Uttar Pradesh tourism department had initiated to promote Maghar as a tourist destination where Hindus built a temple and Muslims have constructed mausoleum in memory of Kabir. When Kabir died there was a bad war-like situation between the Nawab Bijli Shah of Maghar and Raja Veer Singh of Baghela of Varanasi on the cremation or bury of Saint Kabir. There was even a dispute between Hindu and Muslim.

Pilkhuwa

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Pilkhuwa is a town in India known for its production of the textile and handloom industry. It is also a municipal board in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh. It was founded as the village but now it is grown to the size of the town.

There is a very interesting story behind the name of Pilkhuwa. During the 12th century, a Rajput king Raja Anangpal Singh Tomar who was ruling Delhi that time king had an elephant named ‘Pli’ that disappeared from Delhi state. He sends his son to find it when the search operation was stopped at the village, people gathered and said ‘Pil-khuwa’ that stated ‘Pil is lost’. It was 1235 that the village of pilkhuwa was established by the Tomar kings.

After Mughal defeated Tomar kings the Rajput population affected and many people converted themselves to Islam. Till 1976, Pilkhuwa was into the Meerut district.

Pilkhuwa is mainly known for its handloom cotton textile and some exotic printing over khadi and handloom fabrics. According to some report, there were 120 medium scale industries, 1400 power looms and 3 niwar factories in Pilkhuwa in 1991.

The people living in Pilkhuwa are most working in industries providing them a source of earning. The products are supplied to different parts of Indian states and abroad. The economy of Uttar Pradesh is deliberately provided by Pilkhuwa.

Indian very well known poet and politician Kumar Vishwas and current Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Mr. Manish Sisodia was born in Pilkhuwa. Pilkhuwa is still in the urge of progress and will take some more time to become a well-established city.

Delhi: A Potpourri of Different Cultures

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The capital of India, Delhi is one of the oldest cities in India with a glorious history. Home to a majority of political and judicial bodies, this city holds a key position in almost all domains such as education, finance, healthcare and commerce.

One of the largest cities in India, Delhi commonly hailed as Dilli is a potpourri of people, religion, art, culture, cuisine and intellect. It is perhaps the most culturally rich city in India. The city harmoniously blends the old cultural forms with the new brought in by the migrant locals. Thus, this city presents a compact picture of Indian diversity.

The city and its neighbourhoods are marked by the presence of numerous citadels, tombs, forts, palaces and other iconic monuments – the remnants of its glorious past. The presence of many such architectural marvels together with the historic streets, winding lanes and age-old markets make this city the perfect tourist destination.

Delhi shares borders with Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. Thus, the tradition and lifestyle come under the direct influence with the neighbouring regions. The wide range of religious festivals from various regions are celebrated here with equal pomp and fervour.

Indo-Persian artworks, a fusion of architectural styles, exquisite jewellery making, ivory carving, kite making, and textile embroidery, different types of painting, zari work…..there are just many options to choose from and dabble in. Delhi is an absolute must-visit for music and dance connoisseurs as well.

Delhi, being a city embracing people from different cultures, has an amalgamated cuisine as well. A mixture of ancient Indian and Mughal styled cuisine is considered as the authentic Delhi cuisine. Street foods also make a major part of the cuisine. Top street foods include lassi, kebab, jalebis, falooda, samosa, kulfi and many others. If you want to try as many dishes as possible, just go for the famed Delhi thali. Thali is a combination of small amounts of numerous dishes served in small vessels, lined inside a large plate – surely something worth trying!

This city has an engrossing story to tell. Therefore, the next time you plan a visit to the Nation’s capital, don’t miss the most significant places like the India Gate, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Lodhi Gardens, Purana Qila, Jantar Mantar, Raj Ghat, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Digambar Jain Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, ISKCON Temple, Jama Masjid, Safdarjung Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Dilli Haat, Lal Kot, Akshardham Temple, The National Zoological Park and the list goes on and on…….

The unity in diversity is among the best things about Delhi culture and tradition. This city is a ‘mini India’ with a perfect mix of old traditions with modern lifestyles. If one cannot travel the length and breadth of this vast country, a visit to the capital alone will surely satiate the wanderlust in you!!!