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Visit Ajmer Dargah Sharif
Heart of Ajmer city
Highlight: Tomb of Muslim saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti
One of the most sacred shrines of the Muslims as well as the Hindus,
Ajmer Dargah Sharif in Rajasthan is actually the tomb of the revered
Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti. This famous Sufi saint came
all the way from Persia and worked for the betterment of the underprivileged
and the deprived class. The architectural style of Ajmer Sharief has
the typical touch of Mughal style of construction and has been modified
by all Mughal rulers from Humayun to Shah Jahan. In Ajmer, Dargah
Sharif is one of the most famous landmarks and should be visited of
you are going to Rajasthan.
The gate of the Dargah is an imposing structure that has massive
silver doors that have been built in various stages. A silver railing
encircles the real tomb of the saint and a screen made of marble
and gold plated dome surrounds the tomb. According to legends, the
saint lived for 114 years and died in solitude, locked in a room.
The place is supposed to have been blessed by the saint and it is
said that a true devotee will get what he wishes for sincerely.
year a festival is held in Ajmer Dargah Sharif in remembrance of
his death. The famous Urs festival is held in Ajmer for six days
in the honor of this saint. The Dargah Sharif is packed with thousands
of devotees who come from all over the world. Devotees make rich
offerings in the Dargah, which is known as "Nazrana".
The offerings can also be something as simple as rose and jasmine
flowers, sandalwood paste, perfumes and incense sticks. Others can
offer cash also. Whatever is offered, be it small or big, it is
done with full devotion. It is said that whoever prays sincerely
at Dargah Sharif never leaves empty handed.
The place smells of rose and jasmine and other sweet fragrances. Just
outside the gate of the tomb one can find "Qawwals", who
are professional Qawwali singers. They sing in the praise of the saint
and the high pitched hymns add to the divinity of the place. You will
also find beggars, locally known as "Fakirs" who sit around
the main gate begging for alms. A visit to the Dargah Sharif will
leave you enriched and will provide food for the soul.