The purpose of this post is to provide external links to news of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to India from February 20 – March 1, 2018. We we will make every effort to ensure that links are filtered so that the news is not repetitive – often the same news agency report is shared by different media. 

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee visit to India: New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Mumbai

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Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in New Delhi on February 20. He will also visit Ahmedabad (State of Gujarat), Hyderabad (Telengana) and Mumbai (Maharashtra). Map Credit: University of Texas. Note: Modified to highlight 4 cities.

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His Highness the Aga Khan in Mumbai

MARCH 2, 2018: MUMBAI

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Mawlana Hazar Imam enters the Darbar hall in Mumbai. Photo: The.Ismaili/Nazim Lokhandwala

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MARCH 1, 2018: MUMBAI

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Decorations at a Mumbai Jamatkhana.

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Aga Khan meets with Governor of Maharashtra

His Highness the Aga Khan meets Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, on March 1, 2018. Photo: Governor of Maharashtra website.

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FEBRUARY 28, 2018: MUMBAI

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Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee arrival in Mumbai

Mukhi Saheb and Mukhiani Saheba of Darkhana Jamatkhana Asif and Shahina Merchant, along with Kamadia Saheb and Kamadiani Saheba Nadirshah and Shelina Govani welcome Mawlana Hazar Imam to Mumbai. Photo: AKDN/Aziz Ajaney

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Decorations at a Mumbai Jamatkhana.

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His Highness the Aga Khan in Hyderabad

FEBRUARY 27, 2018: HYDERABAD

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FEBRUARY 26, 2018: HYDERABAD

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Scene from Ismaili celebrations in Hyderabad preceding the Aga Khan’s arrival . Photo: Pink n Purple Photography.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2018

Video: Ismailis from Iran celebrate in Mumbai

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His Highness the Aga Khan in Gujarat

FEBRUARY 23, 2018: GUJARAT

His Highness the Aga Khan meets the Governor of Gujarat, Shri O. P. Kohli

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FEBRUARY 22, 2018: GUJARAT

Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee message by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijaybhai Rupani (in Gujarati)

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Prince Aga Khan with Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar on Thursday. Click DNA India link below for story and large photo

Chief Minister of Gujarat and the Aga Khan

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, with His Highness the Aga Khan, see Tweet below.

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Video: Flowers galore for Aga Khan as he lands in Ahmedabad

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His Highness the Aga Khan in New Delhi

FEBRUARY 22, 2018:  NEW DELHI

His Highness the Aga Khan calls on President Kovind

President Kovind says that Mawlana Hazar Imam has led with great humility and has been a shining example of goodness for humanity.

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His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan calling on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 22, 2018. Photo: President of India website.

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FEBRUARY 21, 2018: NEW DELHI

Prime Minister Modi receives His Highness the Aga Khan

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His Highness the Aga Khan visits India’s Prime Minister Modi on February 21, 2018 at his official residence situated on Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister.

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His Highness the Aga Khan and Prime Minister Modi with their respective delegations in New Delhi on February 21, 2018. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister.

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His Highness the Aga Khan visits India’s Prime Minister Modi on February 21, 2018 at his official residence situated on Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister.

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The Aga Khan and India’s Vice President inaugurate Sunder Nursery

The ground on which we stand has been a centre of cultural history for a very long time.  It was nearly seven centuries ago, for example, when the Sufi Saint, Nizamuddin Auliya, walked these paths and shared his teachings of universal love. It is in that same spirit of universal harmony that we dedicate these Gardens today.  For it is the Garden, down through history, that has often symbolised the harmonious interaction of Divine Blessing and Human Creativity — Excerpt, Aga Khan speech, February 21, 2018.

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His Highness the Aga Khan and India’s Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at the opening ceremony of the Sunder Nursery. Photo: VP’s Twitter page.

This merging of Nature’s Gifts with Human Design is an ideal that is deeply embedded, of course, both in Indian culture and in Islamic traditions, with the flow of refreshing water reminding us of the abundance of Divine Blessing. The Sunder Nursery expressed these same values when it was created here – almost one century ago, in 1924.  The name, Sunder, itself, has its roots in ancient Sanskrit – often described as the world’s oldest language – where “Sunder” simply means “beautiful.” — Excerpt, Aga Khan speech, February 21, 2018.

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His Highness the Aga Khan and India’s Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at the opening ceremony of the Sunder Nursery. Photo: VP’s Twitter page.

It is with the future in mind that we now dedicate the Sunder Nursery as one of the world’s great public parks – open to all for recreation, for contemplation, for education, and for inspiration. Just think of what a lively, energetic place this will be in the days and years to come. Already, we are told, a vast array of birds and butterflies have made their new homes in these restored spaces. And soon they will be joined by school children coming here to experience a variety of new micro-habitats, by scientists advancing their ecological research, by artists meeting audiences in the beautiful Garden amphitheatre, by historians and other visitors engaging with dozens of preserved historical monuments. — Excerpt, Aga Khan speech, February 21, 2018.

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Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, addresses the gathering as His Highness the Aga Khan and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal look on. Photo: AKDN/Zahur Ramji.

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India’s Vice President Receives the Aga Khan

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The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu receiving Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 21, 2018. Photo and caption: VP of India website.

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FEBRUARY 20, 2018: NEW DELHI

Aga Khan arrives in India

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His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, is received by Shri Sanjay Verma, Chief of Protocol, upon arriving in New Delhi. Photo: AKDN/Anwar Thanawalla

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His Highness the Aga Khan’s visit to India: Pre-arrival reports and schedule of visit

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

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(Inset) Members of the Ismaili community in Jogeshwari, Maharashtra, crowd around the huge 150kg Diamond Jubilee Cake that will be served to the local Jamat in the coming days during the Diamond Jubilee visit to India by His Highness the Aga Khan.

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Schedule of visit, February 20 – March 1/2, 2018, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2015 hrs
Arrive Delhi
Venue: AFS Palam
Photo Op: AV Media

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1230 hrs
Meeting with the Vice President
Venue: Hyderabad House
Photo Op: Agencies Only

1615 hrs 
Opening of Sunder Nursery
Venue: Hazrat Nizamuddin, Near Humanyu’s Tomb
Contact Aga Khan Foundation

1830 hrs
Meeting with the Prime Minister
Venue: 7, Lok Kalyan Marg

Thursday, February 22, 2018

1115 hrs
Call on the President
Venue: Rashtrapati Bhawan
Photo Op: Agencies Only

1510 hrs 
Emplane for Ahmedabad

1630 hrs
Arrive Ahmedabad
Venue: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

1730 hrs
Meeting with Shri Om Prakash Kohli, Governor of Gujarat
Venue: Raj Bhawan, Gandhinagar

1810 hrs
Meeting with Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat

Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25, 2018

Programme in Gujarat

Monday, February 26, 2018

1310 hrs
Emplane for Hyderabad

1440 hrs
Arrive Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

1130 hrs
Meeting with Shri Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana
Venue: Hotel Taj Falaknuma Palace
Programme in Hyderabad

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

1315 hrs
Emplane for Mumbai

1425 
Arrive Mumbai
Venue: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Thursday, March 01, 2018

1000 hrs
Meeting with Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra

1055 hrs
Meeting with Shri Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra
Venue: Arrive Raj Bhawan

Programme in Maharashtra

1800 hrs
Emplane

Date posted: February 19, 2018.
Last updated: August 22, 2018.

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Photo credit: Featured image at top of page from the Prime Minister’s website, http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/.

Pertinent to the visit are the following must read articles for Jamats to maximize the benefit from the Holy Didar of Mawlana Hazar Imam:

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