Khwaja Garib Nawaz Dargah at Ajmer, Rajasthan, is the most celebrated tomb in India. It is located at the foot of Taragarh Hill. The shrine of the Sufi saint – Moinuddin Chisty, which is also known as Ajmer Dargah Sharif or Ajmer Sharif.
People of all faiths visit and rever the teachings of Moinuddin Hasan Chisti, who came to be known as Khwaja Garib Nawaz for preaching humanity. Devotees offer “chadar” to get blessings of the Sufi saint.
Like Akbar, the mighty kings of India also paid their homage to the great Sufi Saint apart from ordinary people. The shrine derived its name Gharib Nawaz (the benefactor of the people), due to its charitable works.
You will see Mughal architecture in several courtyards, daalaans, and tombs. The tomb is constructed with white marble. It has 11 arches, and you will see Persian inscription of Quran verses on the walls of dargah with Allah's names. A silver platform surrounds the actual tomb in a marble dome.
Victoria Hauz, Aulia Masjid, Nizam gate, Begami Dalaan, and Jama Masjid are the main structures inside the Dargah. Huge Buland Darwaza is the main entrance to the Dargah.
Massive cauldrons are inside the courtyard to cook food and kheer on some of the special occasions. Qawwalis are sung every day in the hall of Mehfil-e-sama inside the dargah after performing namaz.
Of three gates to reach inside, the first gate is ‘Nizam Gate.' Mir Osman Ali Khan, the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, built this large gate.
Further, the next door is Shajjahani Darwaza, which Shah Jahan built with carpentry.
Sultan Mahmud Khilji built the third and last door in 1455 AD to enter the main campus. It is 85 feet high.
Emperor built this beautiful red stone mosque in 1570 to celebrate the attainment of a son. It was built in the same year his son was born.
Shahjahani Jama Masjid
Shah Jahan built the impressive Shahjahani Jama Masjid in 1640. Shahjahan loved architecture and built many buildings during his lifetime.
In 1192, Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti came to Ajmer from Persia. He is one of the spiritual healers of the world. The Sufi saint was born in 1141 in Iran.
He was amongst the most significant spiritual leaders of the world of his times. He remained unattached to the material world and settled in Ajmer to teach humanity the best way of high living. Saint surrendered his entire life for the welfare of the poor and persecuted people.
Sunni Sufism has a sect Chishti, which gained ground around 930 in Chisti village of Afghanistan. The sect emphasized openness, tolerance, and love. After propagating Sufism in Iraq and Iran, he entered India via Lahore in 1192 to spread this method in India. He restored Chishti Order in India in the mid-12th century.
Khwaja Saheb died on March 15, 1236 AD, and rested at the dargah after death. He laid stress on the unity of Hindu and Muslim communities. Muhammad Bin Tughlaq was the first individual to visit the dargah in 1332.
Significance of Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Ajmer Sharif Dargah draws pilgrims from far corners of the globe for the fulfillment of wishes. If you pray with a pure heart, your wishes will be granted.
As per belief, saint locked himself for 6 days before his death, so devotees observe his death ceremony for 6 days. This famous event takes place at the dargah every year. Sweet kheer is prepared in giant cauldrons and distributed among devotees.
The scores of pilgrims flock to Ajmer on the death anniversary of the saint.
Qawwali at Khwaja Garib Nawaz Dargah wields magical power and touch everyone devotionally.
Miracles at Ajmer Sharif Dargah
The belief prevails that if you visit Ajmer Sharif and pray with loyalty and pure heart, you will free your soul.
Legends have that a murderer came to bump off the saint at the behest of some people. The saint sensed his intents with his intuitive powers. The murderer turned into a devotee and prayed to the saint. Saint forgave him. He became a follower of Islam under the influence of the saint.
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