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Weird: There is Dargah in UP where poisonous scorpions don’t sting!

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Amroha: The bitterly fought election campaign might have a sting but scorpions in a dargah here don’t not even when you pick them up.

Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat’s dargah in western Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha is where long held beliefs in the power of miracles meet everyday rationality. And where the lines of what you know and what you see sometimes begin to blur.

Locals say the dargah (shrine) is the everyday miracle of poisonous scorpions that don’t sting.

 

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The town is still gripped with election fever even after the voting here on April 18, with people endlessly discussing the outcome. The main contenders here are BJP’s sitting MP Kanwar Singh Tanwar, BSP’s Danish Ali and the Congress’ Sachin Chaudhary.

However, in the midst of it all, locals don’t forget to tell visitors about the “must-see” shrine.

They swear by the “magical powers” of the Sufi saint who is believed to have said scorpions will not sting inside the premises of the place he lived in after arriving in Amroha in the 13th century.

 

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Since then, scorpions, no matter how poisonous, brought from any part of the world, have not stung anyone inside the premises of the dargah, according to popularly held belief.

What’s more, you can not only hold the scorpions in your hand, but also take them home with the “permission of the Sufi saint”.

“But there is a catch. You have to state when you will bring back the scorpion. Till that deadline, the scorpion will not sting you. But if that deadline exceeds even by a minute, the deadly creature will sting,” said Anis Ahmed, a ‘khadim’ ho serves at the dargah like generations of his family before him.

 

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Next to the Sufi saint’s grave, a man sits with a green box containing a deadly black scorpion.

As devotees and visitors take the scorpion in their hands tentatively, the man tells them not to worry as the “powers” of Sufi saint Shah Wilayat, popularly known as Dada Shah Wilayat, are at work.

The scorpion doesn’t sting as promised. And children, men, women and senior citizens get photographs clicked to capture the moment that seems straight out of the reality show “Fear Factor”.

 

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Many scorpions are found in and around the dargah. If someone takes the one in the green box home, it is immediately replaced.

 

OMG: Poisonous scorpions don’t harm devotees at this Dargha in UP!

 

Narrating the folklore around the dargah, Ahmed said when Shah Wilayat arrived here from Iraq in 1272 A.D there was another Sufi mystic in the village called Shah Nasruddin who asked him to go elsewhere as they were a number of mystics already staying here.

 

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Shah Nasruddin told Shah Wilayat the many scorpions and snakes in the area would not let him stay.

“Then Shah Wilayat replied, at my place they will not sting. Since then they don’t sting. It is a miracle. You can get a poisonous scorpion from outside, but when it will come here, it will not sting,” the dargah ‘khadim’ recounted.

Endorsing the belief, Mohammad Arshad, a lawyer who comes regularly to the dargah, said his family has been visiting the shrine for generations and the story is “100 per cent true”.

 

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“Generations of my family have been devotees here. People take the scorpion home and then return it before the deadline. We used to take it home with permission of the Sufi saint and return it before the deadline,” he told media person.

Abdul Qayyum, another devotee, said he has lived in the dargah for the last 30 years. Not once has a scorpion stung anybody in the premises. And nor has the deadly creature stung if a person has taken it home.

“People have always brought back the scorpion before deadline,” he said.

 

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Not all subscribe to the story. Though in a minority, there are sceptics in the area.

Hasan Askari, a businessman and keen observer of cultural developments around Amroha, said such folklores are carried by word of mouth through generations.

“It is claimed the scorpions don’t sting. Probably they (those at the dargah) may have been taking out the poison. Probably the saint knew how to handle scorpions so they don’t sting and the legend was built on that. But one thing is true, this has been a very widely held belief in Amroha since ages,” he said.

 

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The stories don’t end here. The popular belief about Shah Nasruddin’s shrine a few kilometres away is that missing donkeys or horses will make their way there. The owner should come to that dargah and will find them there.

Hasan Mohammad Abidi, the caretaker of that dargah, said, “I’ve been here for the last six-seven years and I have seen myself that people have found their donkeys and horses here. Another miracle is that the horses and donkeys do not excrete while in the premises of the dargah.”

 

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A twist in the ‘tail’ even one that doesn’t have a sting.

 

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    Next to the Sufi saint's grave, a man sits with a green box containing a deadly black scorpion.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    "But there is a catch. You have to state when you will bring back the scorpion. Till that deadline, the scorpion will not sting you. But if that deadline exceeds even by a minute, the deadly creature will sting," said Anis Ahmed, a 'khadim' who serves at the dargah like generations of his family before him.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    What's more, you can not only hold the scorpions in your hand, but also take them home with the "permission of the Sufi saint".

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    Since then, scorpions, no matter how poisonous, brought from any part of the world, have not stung anyone inside the premises of the dargah, according to popularly held belief.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    They swear by the "magical powers" of the Sufi saint who is believed to have said scorpions will not sting inside the premises of the place he lived in after arriving in Amroha in the 13th century.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    However, in the midst of it all, locals don't forget to tell visitors about the "must-see" shrine.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    The town is still gripped with election fever even after the voting here on April 18, with people endlessly discussing the outcome. The main contenders here are BJP's sitting MP Kanwar Singh Tanwar, BSP's Danish Ali and the Congress' Sachin Chaudhary.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    Locals say the dargah (shrine) is the everyday miracle of poisonous scorpions that don't sting.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat's dargah in western Uttar Pradesh's Amroha is where long held beliefs in the power of miracles meet everyday rationality. And where the lines of what you know and what you see sometimes begin to blur.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news

    The bitterly fought election campaign might have a sting but scorpions in a dargah here don't not even when you pick them up.

  • Syed Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat, Scorpions, Shrine, Dargah, Amroha, Uttar Pradesh news, Regional news, Religion news, Spiritual news
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Arvind Kejriwal ropes in Prashant Kishor for image makeover

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has inked a deal with Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) for image makeover, the party chief Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday.

The AAP had secured 67 out of 70 assembly seats in Delhi in the last assembly elections in 2014. The date of assembly election in Delhi is to be announced soon as the poll needs to be completed by February 14, 2020.

Political strategist and currently an influential leader of the Janata Dal (United), Prashant Kishor runs advocacy group IPAC.

The advocacy group also declared on Saturday they have inked a deal with Kejriwal’s party.

On social media platforms, Kejriwal said: “Happy to share that IPAC is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!”

The advocacy group also said: “After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party.”

Kishore worked with the Congress in 2017 for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. His wrote a successful story in Punjab in helping the Congress come back to power after two successive electoral losses.

Currently, Kishor is national vice-president of the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar. JD(U) is an ally of the BJP at Centre as well in Bihar.

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