Gumbad Mubarak (Dome)
Inside the gumbad mubarak, there is a silver 'Chaparkhat'
(canopy) inlaid with pieces of mother-of-pearl presented by Emperor
Jahangir. Between the four poles supporting this `chaparkhat’, there is
silver `katehra’ (railing) with an arch towards the south. There is
another outer silver katehra running around the tomb at a distance of
about 2 feet. The devotees are led into this space to offer flowers and
prayers over the tomb. The ceiling of the dome is covered by a costly
velvet chatgiri. A peculiar kind of fascinating aroma prevails in the
shrine which inspires the visitors with a spontaneous and irresistible
urge for devotion and homage towards the asleep saint. As soon as one
enters the interior of the shrine, he feels as if he is in the presence
of some exalted soul or mighty spiritual king.
High entrance that was erected by Mahmood Khilji or one of
his successors. Before the commencement of Urs Sharif a flag is hoisted
on top of this gatewith grand ceremony on the 25th Jamadiulsaani for
ushering the 'Urs' of Khawaja Saheb,which starts from 1st of Rajab(The
7th month of lunar Calendar)
On either side of the second gate i.e Buland Darwaza in front
of Sahan Chiragh (courtyard lamp),there are two huge Degs (cauldrons for
cooking food)fixed into solid masonryin which a palatable mixture of
rice sugar, ghee (butter) and dried fruits are cooked for distribution
to the public as tabarruk.The pilgrims cook this Deg Individually.
The circumference at the edge of the larger cauldron is 10-1/4
feet.It cooks 70 mounds of rice,
while the smaller Deg takes 28 mounds.
One of them was presented by Akbar in 1567 A.D.
The well-to-do pilgrims
Individually make these Degs to be cooked.
the west of the Saham Chiragh stands the magnificent building of
Samakhana or Mahfilkhana (auditorium with darbar hall) which was built
by Nawab Bashir-ud-Dowla Sir Asmaan Jah of Hyderabad Deccan in 1888-91
A.D. This spacious hall is 46 feet square with a gallery of 14 feet
running around it.It is used for 6 days only during the annual Urs
for religious ‘Mahfils’ in which Qawwali is the chief item of programme
commencing at 11 P.M. and ending with Fatiha in the early hours of
morning at 4 A.M.
Overhanging the principal eastern to the Shrine or
Mausoleum, there is a handsome porch known as Begami Daalaan which was
built in 1643 AD by Princess Jahan Ara Begam, the favorite daughter of
Emperor Shah Jahan. The walls and the beautiful marble pillars of the
Begami Daalaan were done in colorful gold in 1888 AD. Later on, the
ceiling of this Daalaan was also embellished in gold with the money
donated by a Muslim merchant of Bombay. This beautiful portico was used
by the Begams or ladies of the Moghul harem during their frequent visits
to the shrine.There are two simultaneous entrances to the Shrine through
the Begami Daalaan. The doors of both of them are mounted with heavy
silverplate carved in ornamental details. The tomb is of white marble
inlaid with pieces of precious stones and is daily bestrewed with
sandal-paste and Itars (perfumes). It is always covered with very costly
‘Ghilaafs’ (coverings made of velvet and silk) embroidered with pleasing
gold and silver tracings.
Osman Ali Khan, The Nizam of Hyderabad Deccan,erected the main gate of
the Dargah Sharif in 1911 A.D.
This Mosque was
built by the Empror Aurangzeb the elder son of Shah Jahan who build the
The place where Khawaja Sahib stayed
for a few days, when he came to Ajmer for the first time,has now been
turned into a mosque called Aulia Masjid.It is made of white marble.
Devotees use it only for recitation of Holy Quran and thanks giving
This small hall on the southern side of
the Shrine was erected by Nawab Muhammad Ali of Arcot around 1800 for
the comfort of the devotees. It is also used for the death rituals by
Chilla of Baba Farid Ganj
Situated between Jama Masjid & Sandali Masjid in the premises of Hazrat
Khwaja Muinuddin's Dargah at
Ajmer. Along the left-hand wall, in the background of the Sandali Masjid
there is a small gate which leads down to the under-ground cell in which
Hazrat Baba Farid remained in a chilla (secluded prayers) for 40 days in
spiritual communion with the Holy Saint of Ajmer.This gate is opened for
public Ziarat (visit) on the night of the 5th of Moharram (the date of
Baba farid's death)every year when thousands of pilgrims visit the place
from all over India to seek his blessings
On the south wing of the Mahfil khana
stands the Jama Masjid or Shah Jahani Mosque, which is a fine piece of
Moghul architecture. All the 99 sacred names of Allah with 33 Quranic
verses are beautifully inscribed in the mosque.
This gate too is situated on the
western sideof the Shrine adjacent to the tomb of Gaiti Ara.The doors of
the gate are covered with silver metal.It is opened onlyfour times
during the year,viz. twice on Ids (for one day) during theannual Urs
(for six days) and on the 6th ofShawwal, the Urs of Khawaja Saheb's Pir.
This Shrine is of Hazrat
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty’s (R.A) wife.
In memory of
Queen Mary's visit to the Shrine, the roof of the tank was constructed
the British Government for the convenience of the worshippers.
This Mosque was constructed by Emperor Akbar as a token of
his Devotion and Gratitude on the occasion of the birth of prince
Salim(Jahangir) in the year 1455 A.D. It is a Square of 140x140x2 feet
and its central area is 56 (feets) high. In the centre,there had been a
hauz(tank) for wazoo(ablution).Owing to certain resons,the hauz was
closed and covered. Now the Mosque is known as Akbari Mosque.At present
this place also houses a Quranic Educational Institution to provide
religious education to the children.
Langar khana (Free public
Langar Khana is a free public kitchen where about 5
mounds of barley meal is cooked
twice a day and distributed to the people without any discrimination.It
is said that the only food which
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty(R.A) used to have was a morsel of crushed
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