Ajmer Dargah Shariff Tour
Ajmer is famous for the tomb of Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti Sufi order, one of the most important Sufi organizations in India and Pakistan. Sufi teachers were important missionaries of Islam, through their piety, charisma, blessings, and service. Muinuddin lived in Ajmer from 1190 until his death.
People of all religions visit the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Khwaja left for heavenly abode after a six day prayer in seclusion. These six days are celebrated every year as the annual Urs, which is attended by innumerable pilgrims irrespective of their faith.
The shrine is considered to be a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts. It is said that Emperor Akbar sought blessings for his son at the Dargah.
The entry to the Dargah is through the Dargah Bazar that leads to the inner courtyard. The high gateway has beautifully carved silver doors. In the courtyard are kept two huge cauldrons with capacity of 2240 kg and 4480 kg. On special occasions, 'Kheer' cooked in these cauldrons is distributed among the pilgrims. The grave of the Sufi Saint is surrounded by a silver railing and is partially covered with a marble screen. The daughter of Shah Jahan had built a prayer room in the Dargah for the women devotees. The premises of the Dargah also has the tomb of Bhishti, tomb of Saint's daughter-Bibi Hafiz Jama, tomb of Shah Jahan's daughter Chimni Begum.
135 kms south-west of Jaipur, lies the sacred city of Ajmer; an important pilgrimage to both Hindus and Muslims. Ajmer Sharif Dargah, where the tomb of the great Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Hasan Chishti is placed, is like a Norther Mecca for the Muslims.
The great saint is believed to have retreated to his meditation grounds six days prior to his death, he was burried at the same spot. The death aniversary of the great saint, known as the festival of Urs, is celebrated over a period of six days. Devouts from all over the world come here to pay their homage to the great saint.
Under the rule of Humayun the Ajmer Sharif mosque was completed. Empror Akbar was a regular visitor to this religious shrine.
The holy shrine is in the middle of Ajmer city and is spread over a large area. Two massive iron cauldrons (degs) are placed at the entrance of the dargah where devotees put there donations which are later distributed among the poor.
Akbar and Shahjahan had constructed two mosques in the complex and the saint's tomb, with a marble dome, is in the centre of the second courtyard and is surrounded by a silver platform.
Ajmer situated in the foothills of `Ajaya Meru' the unconquerable hill, this green paradise was founded in 1100 AD by Aijpal Chauhan. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D.
One of the major city of Rajisthan, Ajmer became domicile to various dynasties, which left behind ineradicable mark of Hindu, Isalamic culture and traditions on the city’s history. It is a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims.
The city is embellished with the monolith of a Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are anxiously received by devotees, The dargha known as the ‘Dargah Sharif’.
The Dargah :
At the foot of a barren hill, is a marble domed mausoleum. It is India’s most significant shrine for Muslims and thousands of devotees of all religions visit the holy place through the year. Legend has it that the Mughal emperor, Akbar visited the saint in the 16th century in pursuit of a boon for a child, the saint obliged the Emperor. He used to make a pilgrimage to the Dargah from Agra once a year. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of south Asia.
Shahjahan’s Mosque :
Inside the premises of Dargah there is a dazzling structure in white marble with a long (30.5m) having low corridor and delicate carvings with trelliswork. It is the most outstanding of all the sanctums within the shrine of the Dargah.
An unprecedented structure, this is a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture located just beyond the Dargah. In 1193 A.D. Mohhamed Ghauri conquered Ajmer and transfigured the building into a mosque by constructing a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-half days (adhai-din).
Taragarh Fort :
The remnants of the Taragarh Fort, perched on a hill, can be approached by a exciting one and a half hour steep climb. A view of the entire city from the fort is unimaginable. Initially the fort was Mugals for the military activity, later it was used as a sanitarium by the British.
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