The incident happened many years ago when I was posted in Lucknow, UP. On one such cloudy day of July…just after reaching office I told my colleague that I am feeling somewhat depressed and don’t want to be in office. Without wasting a minute she told me, “I will take you to a place where your depression will not only choo mantar; you will rejuvenate with drive to the place. Without wasting anytime, she took out her car and both of us set out for an untold destination. The drive was breathtakingly beautiful…and what a break from bone-breaking office routine. My constant coaxing went unheard, Nadira kept on driving, while I was hoping this drive doesn’t end till infinity!
I think while we were about 100-meters away from our destination, I asked her “Are we going to some shrine/ mosque, precisely Dewa Sharif”. Now question from her, “How did you know”.
I am short of words to explain how aroma or fragrance of Loban or Frankincense soothed my senses, calmed my soul and transcended me to a spiritual world with ease. Today while writing about the scent/ aroma/ fragrance which has stayed with me till today is Loban or Benzoin which is used for making scents and when burnt it wards of negative energies. Loban is a fragrant, aromatic resin, or gum resin, burned as incense in religious rites. The best kinds now come from East Indian trees, of the genus Boswellia; a commoner sort, from the Norway spruce (Abies excelsa) and other coniferous trees. The frankincense of the ancient Jews is still unidentified.
For me it was most precious fragrance and may be rare too!
Not to miss some details on the Tomb of Haji Waris Ali Shah in Dewa, Lucknow (India), a symbol of universal love and brotherhood. Prayers made at the holy shrine of Syed Haji Waris Ali Shah (Dewa Sharif) in Lucknow, have always been accepted and the believer is blessed with happiness and peace. Haji Waris Ali Shah or Sarkar Waris Pak – a Sufi saint from Dewa, district Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India, he was the successor to the Qadriyya -Razzakiyya Silsila.
A number of Hindus held him in high esteem and always regarded him as a perfect Sufi. Thousands of Hindus, including Sadhus and Fakirs of different Panthas paid homage to him and expressed respect to his order.
Haji Waris Ali Shah left for his heavenly abode on 7th April, 1905. He was buried at the spot where he died and this location is marked by a monument. The tomb of Hazi Waris Ali Shah is now a place famous for communal amity. The monument is constructed on styles of architecture that blends the Hindu-Iranian art. The tomb, the shrines are somewhat indicative of the Hindu style of architecture while the towers and minarets present the Persian architecture.
Loban – Binding Hindus & Muslims with its unique fragrance!