13th August 2015, New Delhi, India. A woman stands before a shrine to Djinns in the ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, India on the 13th August 2015.
A polished sandstone pillar from the 3rd century B.C., one of many pillars of Ashoka left by the Mauryan emperor was moved from Pong Ghati Ambala, Punjab (currently in Haryana) to Delhi under orders of Firoz Shah Tughlaq of Delhi Sultanate, and re-erected in its present location in 1356, it sits atop of a three-tiered arcaded pavilion.
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People have been coming to Firoz Shah Kotla to pray to and leave written notes and offerings for Djinns in the hopes of getting wishes granted since the late 1970's. Jinn, jann or djinn are supernatural creatures in Islamic mythology as well as pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. They are mentioned frequently in the Quran and other Islamic texts and inhabit an unseen world called Djinnestan. In Islamic theology jinn are said to be creatures with free will, made from smokeless fire by Allah as humans were made of clay, among other things. According to the Quran, jinn have free will, and Iblīs abused this freedom in front of Allah by refusing to bow to Adam when Allah ordered angels and jinn to do so. For disobeying Allah, Iblīs was expelled from Paradise and called "Shayṭān" (Satan).They are usually invisible to humans, but humans do appear clearly to jinn, as they can possess them. Like humans, jinn will also be judged on the Day of Judgment and will be sent to Paradise or Hell according to their deeds. Feroz Shah Tughlaq (r. 1351–88), the Sultan of Delhi, established the fortified city of Ferozabad in 1354, as the new capital of the Delhi Sultanate, and included in it the site of the present Feroz Shah Kotla. Kotla literally means fortress or citadel.