Why is Ajmer’s Dargah Sharif unique?

One of the most sanctified shrines in the country, Sharif Dargah in Ajmer, Rajasthan, is venerated by both Muslims and Hindus alike. Muhammad Bin Tughluq was the first popular person to visit the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri in the year 1332.

Can you believe? Jahaira, one of the monuments inside the dargah that was once the main source of water during the reign of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti is used for all the rituals performed within the dargah even today.

Among the many anecdotes narrated over the years about the Ajmer Dargah Sharif, here is one of the significant ones. Nizam Sikka, a simple water carrier, once saved Mughal Emperor Humayun’s life. As a reward, he was given the right to rule the Mughal Empire for a day. The tomb of Nizam Sikka is located inside the Dargah Sharif.

Another unique fact is regarding the two deghs (pots), one large and one small pot, used for cooking Niaz, a mixture of rice, saffron, nuts, ghee, sugar and dry fruits, that is distributed to the public after the completion of the morning prayers. These pots with an approximate circumference of 10 feet were presented by Emperor Akbar, and by Emperor Jahangir respectively, and are in use even now.


Read about the life and contributions of the Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti.

To Reflect Upon

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