Rajasthan Dargah Ajmer Sharif
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah of Sufi saint at Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. It is an old saying that people who visit Ajmer Sharif and pray with pure faith and loyalty at his Dargah will free their soul.
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, Khwaja Ajmeri Saint Moinuddin Chishti.
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History of Rajasthan dargah Ajmer sharif
The tomb (dargāh) of Muīn al-Dīn became a deeply venerated site in the century following the preacher’s death in 1236. Honoured by members of all social classes, the tomb was treated with great respect by many of the era’s most important Sunni rulers.
including Muhammad bin Tughluq, the Sultan of Delhi from 1324-1351, who paid a famous visit to the tomb in 1332 to commemorate the memory of the saint. The later Mughal emperor Akbar also visited the shrine no less than fourteen times during his reign.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah is 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) away from the main central Ajmer Railway station and situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Akbari Mosque.
built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It contains the domed tomb of the saint. Akbar and his queen used to come here by foot on pilgrimage from Agra every year in observance of a vow when he prayed for a son.
The large pillars called “Kose (‘Mile’) Minar”, erected at intervals of two miles (3 km) along the entire way between Agra and Ajmer mark the places where the royal pilgrims halted every day.
According to the Ain-e-Akbari, emperor Akbar had to visit Ajmer for military purposes during 1561 to 1568 A.D. but in the year 1570, Akbar knowing the spiritual powers of Khwaja Saheb came to the Dargah and requested Khwaja saheb to fulfill his desire for a son.
And as his desire was fulfilled, he got a son named Salim. Akbar came to Ajmer Dargah on foot from Agra to pay homage and to thank Khwaja Saheb. The trek from Agra to Ajmer took him 15 days.
Akbar had a beautiful mosque constructed in the same year. This mosque is today known as Akbari Mosque. Akbar built this mosque of red stones in 1570 A. D. Its central arch is 56 ft. high.
Shahjahani Darwaza: Rajasthan dargah Ajmer sharif
Built by Emperor Shahjahan in 1638 A. D. It also has a Naqqarkhana on it. For about 250 years, the Ajmer Sharif Dargah remained unconstructed premises. In 1464 A.D.,
the sultan of Mandu, Ghyasuddin constructed a Mazar and the dome over the existing structure.
The Dargah of Khwaja Saheb is a huge complex with many buildings built by emperors, kings and other such persons which stand as a living witness to how worldly power bowed at the feet of a faqir.
A sort of divine sacredness has a permanent residence here, with a spiritual fragrance wafting through the air, adding a quiet esoteric grandeur to its ambiance. It has been estimated that around 150,000 pilgrims visit the site every day.