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Dargah Sharif Ajmer

Dargah Sharif Ajmer
Dargah Sharif Ajmer

The Dargah Sharif Ajmer is the burial place of the Muslim saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti. Every year hoards of Muslims as well as pilgrims of other faiths come to visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. However, at the time of “Urs”, the death anniversary of Moinuddin Chishti, the number of visiting devotees goes up into lakhs. Urs lasts for three days attracting pilgrims not only from India, but from other countries also like Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. It is said that whoever visits the Dargah Sharif in Rajasthan doesn’t leave the place empty handed. The wishes of each and every visitor get fulfilled.

A number of Mughal rulers got the dargah constructed over a period of time. Once a simple tomb in which in the saint was buried, the dargah has now grown to a huge complex housing several mosques, pavilions and gateways. The entry to the dargah is through the Dargah bazaar, leading up to the main inner courtyard. The silver doors of the Dargah are exquisitely carved. Covering the grave of the saint, is a silver railing and a partial marble screen. There is also a separate prayer room for women.

The devotees, whose wishes get fulfilled, as a gesture of thanks, offer chaddar (a cover) at the Dargah. In the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Qawwals sing songs in praise of the saint. The people who look after the tourists are called Khadims (servants of the saint). Almost, all the tourists to Rajasthan make a stop over for visiting Dargah Sharif Ajmer.

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