The Wishkeeper


Ever since the great Mughal Emperor Akbar’s childlessness was ended by the remarkable prediction of Shaikh Salim Chisti (Urdu: شيخ سلیم چشتی ), in 1568, the Sufi saint’s tomb in Fatehpur Sikri (uttar Pradesh) has attracted crowds of supplicants, mostly childless women in search of miracle.

Visitors to the dargab, lavishly endowed by both Akbar and his son Jahangir, make a wish, tie a small cotton thread on the screen around the tomb, and go back confident that the saint will make it come true.

There is no whishkeeper, this young man is the tomb keeper, he was holding a peacock feather fan and he was smiling at me peacefuly.
I took several pictures of him but I like this one where he doesn’t look at me.
Maybe he knows each wish that people do there and that is why he looks at everyone who comes inside with such an intense look…

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