A Dargah is a shrine built over the grave of a revered religious figure, often a Sufi saint or dervish. Sufis often visit the shrine for ziyarat, a term associated with religious visits and pilgrimages. There are many dargahs in India where Muslim people go to say their prayers. Some of them are popular for their architectural beauty while others are famous for their sacredness. I am compiling a list of most famous dargahs in India which are as follows :-
1. DARGAH SHARIF
This Darghah was built as a tribute to a sufi saint, Hazrat Khwaja Moin-ud-din Christi who did various great works in Ajmer. It is one of the dargah in India where both Muslims and Hindus can go together. There is a old saying that people who visit Ajmer Sharif and pray with pure faith and loyalty at his Dargah, will get their wishes granted. Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti is also known by different names as, Khawaja Gharib Nawaz, “Sultan-Ul-Hind”, Khwaja Baba, Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmeri, Khwaja Sahib, Khwaja Saheb. The gate of this Dargah is open for all the people irrespective of their color, culture or religion. There is also a big metal pot in which you can put your offerings which goes in the society service.
2. HAJI ALI
It is one of the most popular Dargah in India, situated in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike. Haji Ali is one of India’s most famous and prestigious landmarks situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. It is an excellent example of architecture of Indo-Islamic. Haji Ali Dargah is the complex housing of the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Along with the tomb, there is also a Masjid at Haji Ali. This monument has been sentinel to the shores of Mumbai since a long time. The Dargah is a renowned pilgrimage site among the Muslims. Non-Muslims are also allowed to visit the Dargah. The white-coloured structure attracts visitors in large numbers.
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3. SALIM CHRISTI
It is said that if you visit this dargah then you can get whatever you wished for. There is a legend that this shrine gave the great Akbar , a son. It is said that this king had a no heir for a long time but once he walked to the shrine of Salim Christi and prayed for a son. After that, he got his son and the nation got its new king, Salim, later known as Jahangir. Emperor Akbar was deeply influenced and moved by saint Salim Chishti. His Dargah (tomb) is in the center of the mosque complex at Fatehpur Sikri. The tomb of Salim Chishti is cited as one of the finest examples of Mughal art and architecture. Millions of people still go to this shrine to make a prayer.
4. NAGORE DARGAH
This dargah is situated in Nagore, Tamil Nadu and was built in the name of Hazrath SYED SHAHUL HAMEED QADIRI ( QADIRI ) QADIR WALI. The tomb is almost MORE THAN 500 years old and is topped by a golden dome and flanked by 5 minarets. This dargah attracts people from both religion Hindus and Muslims which actually symbolizes peace between these two religions. According to this dargah’s administrations, fifty to seventy five percent of visitors are Hindus.
5. NIZAMUDDIN DARGAH
It is shrine of famous Sufi saint “Nizamuddin Auliya “ . It is Located in NIzamuddin (Western) part of Delhi. Nizamuddin Auliya ( 1238 -1325 ) was a great sufi saint from chishti order. An order with a mystic sufi tradition, which is based on love and humanity. This is the place where wishes of every one are fulfilled . There is also a belief that if you are visiting a Ajmer Sharif , first you should visit to Nizamuddin . People from every religion visit there to feel a true sufi tradition. On Sundays and Thursdays there is also langer (food) seva for all devotees. Food is made purely vegetarian because of people visit there from all religion.