Spectacular Photos: The Lit-Up Dome of the Toronto Headquarters Jamatkhana, and the Aga Khan Museum’s Unique Garden Party
The Aga Khan Park and Aga Khan Museum were colourful, elegant and spectacular on the night of Friday, August 14, 2020. The Ismaili Jamatkhana was absolutely inspiring. For the first time in months, the Jamatkhana’s glass dome was lit up, announcing its reopening on Monday August 17, 2020, approximately 156 days after Jamatkhana closures were announced across Canada on March 13, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Excellent programming by Ismaili Institutions in Canada as well as around the world kept everyone informed, educated, entertained and rejuvenated. The Talika blessings from Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, on five separate occasions — 63rd Imamat Day, Eid ul-Fitr, Covid-19 Guidance, Blessings in light of Covid-19 and Navroz — kept us strong and courageous, and filled our spirits and hearts with his light, and gave us hope.
My last night’s (August 14) walkabout to the Aga Khan Park surprised me when I reached the site. I wasn’t planning to go. It was already past 8 PM. But something was urging me to go!
The museum parking lot was packed with cars, and my thought as I crossed Wynford Drive to enter the Park was that I had misread the opening of the Jamatkhana by three days! As I walked around the Park and reached the Museum wall on the south side, I realized there was something spectacular taking place at the Aga Khan Park, just outside Aga Khan Museum. Little did I know — because I haven’t been reading things lately — that there was a Garden Party underway. What a setting! The pictures on this page tell it all! And when I looked across the Park, I saw the Toronto Headquarters Jamatkhana dome in full glow! What a spectacular sight after 5 months of an unlit dome!
Can you imagine, as an Ismaili, how happy and proud you feel when you see the lighted dome from the Don Valley Parkway — the ever busy gateway to downtown Toronto from Highway 401, which is the busiest highway in North America! Here are a selection of photos from that pre-ordained walk that I made to my favourite destination in Toronto! Sometimes, when you relent to pressures that come from within you, and you follow your instincts gratefully they turn out to be among the best moments in life. Last night was one such day!
Date posted: August 15, 2020.
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