Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti
About Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti
The Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti is located in Ajmer in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a Sufi shrine that contains the grave of the popular revered saint of Islam—Moinuddin Chishti.
The Dargah is also commonly known by the names, Ajmer Shariff, Dargah Shariff as well as Ajmer Dargah. Till date, it remains the most popular shrine in Islamic traditions and it is considered to be extremely sacred and of high significance among the Muslims.
The Dargah has the main entrance to the structure, which is known as the Nizam Gate. The Nizam Gate is then followed by the Shahjahani Gate, categorically named after popular Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan since he was the one who erected this gate. This is then followed by the quite popular Buland Darwaza, which was built by Sultan Mahmood Khilji.
The urs flag is hoisted on the Buland Darwaza—and this flag symbolizes the commencement of the rituals relating to death anniversary. Every year, on the 6th and 7th dates of Rajab, the urs for the revered saint Moinuddin Chishti is celebrated here. The event is so popular that many live telecasts and streaming of the urs ceremony take place and people from all over the world take keen interest in watching the whole event online.
Many tourists from all over the world visit the dargah, offering prayers and tributes to the saint, with bundles of wishes to bring peace to mankind and end the negativities in people’s lives.
The majority of the tourists, however, are the kalenders from the city of Mehrauli, who are also popularly referred to as the “friends of Gharib Nawaz(benefactor of the poor).”
These people literally walk to Ajmer from the capital city of Delhi every year and show their dedication and devotion to Islam as well as the late saint, offering vibrant and colorful chadders embedded with silver and gold threads to the dargah.
Additionally, the dargah also hosts an international charity that is administered under The Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act, 1955 by the Indian government. The trust takes overall care of the maintenance of the shrine and also looks after a list of charitable places like dispensaries as well as guest houses.