Khawaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmer, Rajasthan

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Overview

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.

 

Architecture

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.

Nizam Gate

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.

Shahjahani Darwaza

Further, the next door is Shajjahani Darwaza, which Shah Jahan built with carpentry.

Buland Darwaza

Sultan Mahmud Khilji built the third and last door in 1455 AD to enter the main campus. It is 85 feet high.

Akbari Mosque

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.

 

History

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.

Festival

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.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Monday : 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Thursday : 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Friday : 05:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • Saturday : 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Mini Bus/Tempos : You can board a local minibus or tempos from anywhere within the town of Ajmer.
  • Tonga (horse-drawn carriage), cycle-rickshaw, or auto-rickshaw : You can also hop into a tonga (horse-drawn carriage), cycle-rickshaw, or auto-rickshaw to reach the holy shrine.
  • By Road : Ajmer enjoys connectivity to all parts of India by road. You can hop into the state transport corporation buses or hire a taxi or cab to reach Ajmer.
  • By Rail : Ajmer is a junction connected to all the states of the country. The railways run some special trains during Urs(Fair), and dargah is 1.3 kilometers from the railway station.
  • By Air : Jaipur is the nearest airport, around 140 km away. You can hop into a bus, train, or taxi to reach Ajmer.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Everyone : Free entry to all pilgrims

Address

Khawaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmer, Rajasthan, Khadim Mohalla, Diggi Bazaar, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

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Er. Boola Khan
Er. Boola Khan
08/29/2020 10:11
Ajmer Sharif Dargah is 2 kilometres away from the main central Ajmer Railway station. Dargah Sharif Ajmer It is believed that a person who prays with a pure heart at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, gets all his or her wishes fulfilled. Ajmer Sharif is a Sufi shrine and one of the most visited places in Ajmer. The pious Persian Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who is well-known for its secular preaching is enshrined here. Many Muslims believe that Moinuddin Chisti was Muhammad’s direct descendant and it was on his request (Muhammad came to his dream) he went to India. His shrine was built by Mughal Emperor Humayun, and in order to enter the dargah, you need to go through a series of massive doors made from silver with beautiful carvings. As you reach the courtyard, you would come across the tomb of Moinuddin Chishti, carved out of marble. It has gold plating on top and is guarded by a railing made from silver and a marble screen.
Lakshya Banthiya jain
Lakshya Banthiya jain
08/30/2020 22:56
Volume of mic is very high at night after 12:00 but beautiful place
Naved Mansuri
Naved Mansuri
08/07/2020 16:04
India's most popular dargah. This is a religious place. Any person who wishes to go here can go without any stopping. There are crowds of foreign visitors abroad throughout the year. Every year a grand Fair of Urs is organized here. At last this is good place.
Mohsin M
Mohsin M
08/26/2020 18:37
Forever Spiritual King of India. Great scholar and leader. The Great Auliya of Allah. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ sent this pious leader to Ajmer.
Arjun S
Arjun S
10/11/2020 14:01
I am an hindu but God Allah 🙏 has given me good friends who are Muslims ☪️ and I have life time opportunities to visit this holy place and get blessings for God Allah

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FAQs

It is the most well-known Muslim pilgrimage center in India. Ajmer in Rajasthan recounts the Islamic history and heritage. Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti established prime Sufi order in India. The shrine attracts millions of devotees who seek the Sufi saint’s blessings.
Ajmer Sharif was the abode of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti between 1192 and 1236 AD. Mughal emperor Humayun constructed the shrine or tomb. Later, subsequent Mughal rulers Shahjahan and Akbar also built mosques in the complex. ...
While paying homage to Khwaja at Ajmer, you ought to wear loose-fitting clothes like cotton. Your attire must conform to the religious leanings and sanctity of the place. ...
Women have free access to the sanctum sanctorum of the biggest dargah in Ajmer Sharif. People from all faiths can enter the shrine. ...
When revered religious figures like dervish or Sufi saint die, a shrine is built over their grave. This shrine is known as dargah. People visit the shrine for ziyarat (pilgrimage)....
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