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Ajmer Sharif Dargah

Ajmer Sharif: The World Renowned Sufi Shrine

Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chishti

Ajmer Sharif is the world renowned Sufi Shrine or the Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chishti(c.1138-1236) at Ajmer, Rajasthan. The Maqbara (grave) of the revered saint is also located in the shrine and is considered as its sanctum sanctorum. The saint was also called as “Gharib navaz” (Protector of the poor). It is believed that saint Moinuddin Chishti was an Iranian by birth but Indian by choice.

The Dargah is perched at the Taragarh Hill of the Aravali Ranges and is also known as Dargah Sharif. Every year, people of different religions, regions and creeds come and visit the Dargah because it is strongly believed that those who pray her with pure faith and hope are able to free their soul. Along with the Muslim followers, the Ajmer Sharif is one of the holiest places of worship for the people of different faiths. One can also explore the exquisite embellishments of the Mughal architecture through the tombs, dalaans and courtyards of the Dargah.

The History of Ajmer Sharik reveals that when Khwaja Saheb had come to Ajmer for the first time, he tried to rest with his followers near the Ana Sagar Lake in Amritsar. Unfortunately, he was arrogantly ordered to move away by the camel keepers of King PrithviRaj Chauhan. Later, the King himself had to seek an apology from the Khwaja because his camels suddenly stopped getting up the very next day itself. The things turned into normal only after the the camel keepers eventually apologised to the Khawaja. Similarly, there were further such divine lessons and circumstances that were experienced through the blessings of Khwaja Saheb that till now have not been completely explained through scientific means.

Ajmer, Rajasthan

Places to see in the Ajmer Sharif

Nizam Gate: It is the most important, first and the main gate which marks the entry towards the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Mir Osman Ali Khan, the first Nizam of Hyderabad had constructed this gate in 1915. This huge red sandstone gate marks the entry towards the mausoleum.

Shahjahani Gate: This was supposedly the main gate, before the Nizam Gate was constructed. It was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahaan.

Akbari Mosque: This mosque located inside the vicinity of Ajmer Sharif has been constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahaan. It is believed that Mughal Emperor Akbar used to visit the dargah, often without wearing his shoes to show his reverence to the saint.

Aulia Masjid: The holy space where Khwaja Saheb stayed, especially during his nascent days in Ajmer has been constructed into Aulia Masjid. White marble is used for its construction.

Ibadat Khana: Ladies recite the Holy Quran at the Ibadat Khana. It is located outside the southern gate of the main shrine.

Buland Darwaza: As the name signifies, this high entrance was constructed by Mahmood Khilji. Before the beginning of Urs (death anniversary of the Sufi Saint), a historical flag is hoisted on the top of Buland Darwaza. 21 gun salute also accompany the flag hoisting. This tradition has been followed from 1944.

Ajmer Sharif

The Tomb: There are two main entrances to the shrine. White marble inlaid is used to envelope the tomb, along with pieces of precious stones. Itars (perfumes) and sandal paste also cover the tomb. Heavily embroidered 'ghilaafs’, made of silk and velvet, are used to bestrew the tomb.

Along with these mentioned places, there are several courtyards, dalaans, and recitation halls present in the dargah. Also, one must enjoy getting lost in the magical trance creates by the qawwali especially in such a serene location.

When to Reach: The best time to visit Ajmer, in accordance with the weather conditions, is between October and March. Devotees also love visiting the Dargah during the Urs festivals.

How to Reach:
Air: The nearest airport is the Jaipur airport located 135 km from Ajmer.
Rail: The Ajmer railway station is connected through regular trains with Agra, Delhi, Jodhpur, Abu Road and Ahmedabad.
Road: Regular bus service connects Ajmer with Delhi, Agra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

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