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Friday, 25 January 2013

AJMER DARGAH SHARIF


Table of Contents for Rajasthan Yatra 2012 : Ajmer , Pushkar and Jaipur


1. MUMBAI TO JAIPUR
2. JAIPUR TO AJMER 
3. AJMER DARGAH SHARIF
4. TEERTHRAJ (TIRTHRAJ) PUSHKAR
5. PUSHKAR : Lord Brahma Temple 
6. PUSHKAR : Savitri Devi Temple 
7. PUSHKAR : Important Temples 
8. PUSHKAR MARKET AND PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR
9. JAIPUR : Hawa Mahal
10. JAIPUR : Jantar Mantar
11. JAIPUR : City Palace
12. JAIPUR : Galtaji Temple (Monkey Temple)
13. JAIPUR : Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh & Birla Temple 
14. JAIPUR : Moti Doongri Temple & Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
15. JAIPUR : Raj Mandir Cinema Hall  
16. JAIPUR : MI Road & Govind Dev ji Temple 
17. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Gates & Courtyards
18. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Spellbinding Art 
19. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Splendid Views
20. JAIPUR : Jaigarh Fort, The Invincible One 
21. JAIPUR : Nahargarh Fort 
22. JAIPUR : Jal Mahal

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Dear Divine Souls,

In last post we reached Ajmer from Jaipur via Train and reached the shop of Ajmer Dargah. Now lets move forward towards the Dargah. There was huge crowd in this place as it was Sunday. Lot of devotees from all over the world had come to this place to pay their tributes. The whole atmosphere was intense with piousness all leading towards the huge gate of this mighty Dargah.This gate is called Nizam Gate and it was built  by Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan in 1915.

A Dargah is Sufi islamic shrine built over the grave of Sufi Saint. Dargah includes a mosque, meeting rooms, Islamic schools (madrassas), residences for a teacher or caretaker, hospitals, and other buildings for community purposes. Any  dargah  is visited by Muslim pilgrims as well as Hindus and Sikhs as a symbol of intercommunal harmony.


Ajmer Dargah Sharif : Nizam Gate


My point of view about the religion is that Almighty is one and the same. Shiv - Shakti for Shaivites and Shaktas, Radhe Krishna for Krishnaism, Laxmi Narayan for Vasihnavism, Allah and Duniya for Muslims, God Father and Mother Nature for Christians and so on. The point is all ways leads to same Amighty although paths, procedures and methods are different.

Short Account on Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti

Saint Moinuddin Chishtī is said to have been born in 536 A.H./1141 CE, in Chishti in Sistan region of Afghanistan. He grew up in Persia and had very great emotional and tragedic set backs when he was just a teen. He lost his parents at the age of just fifteen. He was different from other,was pious and always kept himself in prayers and mediation. Once a revered Sufi saint Shaikh Ibrahim Qunduzi came to his orchard and young Moinuddin offered him some fruits. In return Shaikh Ibrahim Qunduzi gave him bread and asked him to eat. The Khwaja got enlightened after eating the bread , disposed all his property, gave all the money to poor, and left of bukhara in search of knowledge and education. 


Ajmer Dargah Sharif 
He acquired knowledge from Muslim scholars of Samarkand and Bukhara. He visited many centres of Muslim Culture, Mecca and Medina and Middlle East. Finally he arrived in India by the blessings of Prophet Mohammad in his dream. He stayed sometime in Lahore and settled down in Ajmer. He never wrote any books but his certain teachings and principals became charchteristic of Chisti order in India. They lay full stress on renunciation of material goods, self discipline, charity of wealth, sharing of food, generousity, rejection of monetary grants and land etc. which are all described in Bhagwad Gita. 

For more detailed information on Saint Moinuddin Chishti and Sufism please visit : www.dargahajmer.com  



Ajmer Dargah Sharif : Mosque Constructed by Emoeror Akbar as a token of devotion when his son Salim was born 
Anyways lets go to my travelogue.

Ajmer Dargah Sharif

After entering the main Nizam gate there was heavy security check . I was told to leave my camera outside the Dargah . I went outside and again came to the shop left my camera there and entered again with my family already ahead in the queue. The second gate is called Shahajani Gate made by Mughal Emperor Shahajahan. It is followed by Buland Darwaza, upon which flag is hoisted. After entering the second gate one comes to a open space where there is a dome and structure in the centre which houses the tomb of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti. There was huge rush inside. We went inside after standing in the queue and had the darshan of the great saint lying in his revered tomb , offered our flowers,  shawl and came out side. There are mosques made by Emperors Akbar and Shahajahan with extremely beautiful Mughal Architecture. All the 99 sacred names of allah with 33 quranic verses are beautifully inscribed in the Shahajahan mosque.


Ajmer Dargah Sharif : Jama Masjid or Shahajani Mosque with Mughal Architecture 
Ajmer Dargah Sharif :  Entrance Gate from Begami Dalaan
Ajmer Dargah Sharif : Tomb of Saint Moinuddin Chisti 
Degs inside the Dargah Sharif

On either side of the second Buland Darwaza , there are two huge Degs or cauldrons for cooking food fixed into solid masonry in which a palatable mixture of rice sugar, ghee and dried fruits is cooked for distribution to the public as tabarruk. The circumference at the edge of the larger Deg (cauldron)  is 10.25 feet. It cooks 70 mounds of rice and the smaller Deg takes 28 mounds. One of them was presented by Emperor  Akbar in 1567 A.D. The princes or the well to do pilgrims order these Degs to be cooked generally during the Urs period and serve them to needy.



Ajmer Dargah Sharif :  Larger Deg
Urs  Festival

The Urs festival is an annual festival held at Ajmer which commemorates the death anniversary of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti.It is celebrated every year in the first week of Islamic month of Rajab, on seeing the moon of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. Drums are beaten to herald the commencement of the annual ceremony.It  is held over six days and features night-long dhikr/zikr qawwali singing. It is said that Moinuddin Chishti spent the last six days of his life in seclusion in a Huzra (room meant for prayers), and on the sixth day of Rajab he died.The sixth day of the Urs is regarded as the most special and auspicious. It is called “Chhati Sharif”. It is celebrated on the 6th Rajab between 10:00 A.M. and 1:30 p.m. inside the Mazaar Sharif. Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine from all over India and abroad in these six days.

Ajmer Dargah Sharif : Crowd  inside the Dargah 
Fame of Ajmer Dargah Sharif

It is said that any devotee who asks a pure wish from here does not get empty hand.As such there is always a huge flock of devotees visiting shrine on daily basis. Ajmer Dargah is also called "Mother of all Dargahs". Many Political personalities, Big business men, Sportstars ,Celebrities etc. visit this dargah on regular basis for showering their devotion to the Sufi Saint. Names of some of them who visited the Dargah recently include Salman Khan,Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachhan, Sanjay Dutt, Emraan Hashmi , A R Rehman, Abhishekh Bacchan , Sohail Khan , Ajay Devgn, Mithun , Mohd Azharuddin, Kareena Kapoor Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee, Deepika Padukone , Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Minisha Lamba,Rohit Shetty, Himesh Reshamiya, Govinda, Zaheer Khan, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Inzamam ul Haq, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, and foreign politicians like Pakistan President like Asif Ali Zardari and many many more.
Ajmer Dargah Sharif: People tie red color thread on the Jannati Darwaza to ask wish 
Ajmer : How to reach

Ajmer is well connected to the major cities of India by land and rail.

Air : An airport near Ajmer(KISHANGARH) has been proposed by the Government of Rajasthan. At present the nearest airport is the Jaipur International Airport, about 135 km away, with daily flights to the major cities in India.

Rail : Ajmer is at an important railway junction with Broad gauge lines to Jaipur, MarwarUdaipurAhmedabadDelhi, and Mumbai and then onwards to Bangalore. It is well connected with Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Howrah, Bhopal, Mumbai, Jammu, Indore and all other major cities.There is a major technical and repair railway workshop in the city. Ajmer Railway Station has been earmarked for investment under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

Road: The city lies on the Golden Quadrilateral National Highway (NH) 8, midway between Delhi and Mumbai and is located about 400 km from Delhi and 135 km from Jaipur. The Ajmer - Jaipur expressway is a 6 lane highway. There are air conditioned bus services from Delhi, Jaipur and other important cities to Ajmer.

Intercity Transport : Buses are available for travel within the city and to nearby towns such as Pushkar and Kishangarh. Taxis and rickshaws also run throughout the city.


Ajmer Dargah Sharif : From a hill nearby 
Dear Divine Souls,

This is it, as far as Ajmer Dargah is concerned from my side. From there on we went to Ajmer Bus Stand to go to Pushkar . My Hotel was booked in Pushkar. Pushkar is around 15 kms from Ajmer but on hilly terrain and so it took around 45 minutes to reach there. We will go to Pushkar in my next one .
Till then 

Jai Bhole. 

Note :- The pictures in the dargah are taken from www.dargahajmer.com . One can visit this website for more information on Ajmer Dargah. I thank from bottom of my heart to Mr. S M Hameed Chishty for granting me the permission for using those pictures. 

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Table of Contents for Rajasthan Yatra 2012 : Ajmer , Pushkar and Jaipur

1. MUMBAI TO JAIPUR
2. JAIPUR TO AJMER 
3. AJMER DARGAH SHARIF
4. TEERTHRAJ (TIRTHRAJ) PUSHKAR
5. PUSHKAR : Lord Brahma Temple 
6. PUSHKAR : Savitri Devi Temple 
7. PUSHKAR : Important Temples 
8. PUSHKAR MARKET AND PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR
9. JAIPUR : Hawa Mahal
10. JAIPUR : Jantar Mantar
11. JAIPUR : City Palace
12. JAIPUR : Galtaji Temple (Monkey Temple)
13. JAIPUR : Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh & Birla Temple 
14. JAIPUR : Moti Doongri Temple & Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
15. JAIPUR : Raj Mandir Cinema Hall  
16. JAIPUR : MI Road & Govind Dev ji Temple 
17. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Gates & Courtyards
18. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Spellbinding Art 
19. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Splendid Views
20. JAIPUR : Jaigarh Fort, The Invincible One 
21. JAIPUR : Nahargarh Fort 
22. JAIPUR : Jal Mahal

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17 comments:

  1. कब्र की पूजा क्यों की जाती है? किस धर्म ग्रन्थ में लिखा है, बताने का कष्ट करे।

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    1. मुझे नहीं पता संदीप जी. लेकिन मेरे हिसाब से संत मोईनुद्दीन चिश्ती ने ऐसे कर्म किये इसलिए लोग उन्हें मिलने उनकी कब्र पर जाते है.

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  2. This is one dargah I so badly want to visit. Wonderful post!

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  3. I love the atmosphere of the dargah, it's very peaceful in spite of all the hustle and bustle of the devotees. Beautiful travelogue, your writings took me there.

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    1. Thanks Arti jee for going through and commenting . Yaa I didn't notice that feeling. You are right the atmosphere is peaceful in spite of crowd and rush.

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  4. Congratulations Vishal, for publishing this blog on Yaum-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. As always, well researched and meticulously detailed, it is a useful guide for people planning to visit Ajmer Sharif.

    Regarding JatDevta's question, it is a Sufi practice, more Hindu than Islamic in character. Mainstream Islam does not sanction such practices and considers it to be a sin (tawheed). Hindus venerate such places (Samadhis) because of the beneficial spiritual vibrations that emanate from such places.

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    1. DL , I was not knowing that today was the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. Anyways thanks for putting your precious footprints on my blog and commenting and sharing knowledge.

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  5. Hi Vishal,

    Wow, what a chronicle of your travels to these religious places. You've given a detailed account of these places and the photos look stunning. Loved this post. Thanks for sharing your experiences and the tips as well. :)

    P.S. Do check out & vote for my entry for Get Published.

    Regards

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  6. The best part of the Sufi way of worshipping is the devotional music. It can stir a lot of spiritual emotions. Songs like "Aaja mere Khwaja" & "Piya Haji Ali" come to my mind.

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  7. Thanks Satheesh jee

    Yaa the best part devotional music called qawaali is sung here especially on Urs festival is alluring.

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  8. Are mobile phones (smartphones with camera) allowed inside dargah or need to be left outside ?

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    1. Dear Asit ,

      They are allowed but you cannot take pictures officially. You can take when no one is looking.

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  9. Hey Vishal, this is a wonderful blog site, with very useful information. Makes me want to see these places, the next time I visit India. Great write up! Thanks for sharing this.

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