Daragh Khwaja Saheb- Ajmer

Daragh Khwaja Saheb- Ajmer

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Daragh Khwaja Saheb- Ajmer

The final er-sting place of the Saint, Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, the bestower of Boons. It is popularly known as Ghareeb Nawaz. Built in the 13th century. It is approached through a gigantic gate with a silver door. The ‘Buland Darwaza’ (or the great Door) leads to the second courtyard. The grave of the saint has a domed chamber, encircled by a Silver railing and a Marble screen.

Daragh Khwaja Saheb- Ajmer
Daragh Khwaja Saheb Gate P.C : Akshay Jain

‘Quawwals’ (Singers of Quawwalis) from all over the world, come to sing praises of the Saint, charging the atmosphere with a Soul filled current. Here ‘Fakirs’ plead for alms, while Khadims, (or Servants of the Saint) look out for Pilgrims. Outside the Daragh is a crowded Bazaar filled with ritual offerings for the Daragh.

Daragh Khwaja Saheb- Ajmer
Inside view ,P.C : Akshay Jain
Daragh Khwaja Saheb- Ajmer
Inside view ,P.C : Akshay Jain

Two massive ‘Degs’ (Cauldrons) originally donated by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and Jehangir and later replaced in the 19th century ar placed in the courtyard in which rice pudding is cooked. As part of the ritual, professional looters empty the Degs in a few minutes and then jumop inside to scrape it clean.  This loot is then sold as ‘Tabarruks’ (sacred food).

‘Urs’ (or the death Anniversary of the Khwaja) is a six-day celebration, attracting people of sects. It begins on the first day of the Islamic month of the Rajab and ends on the sicth day. It is only second in sanctity to Mecca, Medina.

 

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