Ajmer Sharif Dargah

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Ajmer sharif Dargah in Ajmer.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer Dargah, Ajmer Sharif or Dargah Sharif[1] is a Sufi shrine (dargah) of the revered Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti, located at Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. The shrine has Chishti's grave (Maqbara).[2]

Visits[change | change source]

In the present day, the tomb of Moinuiddin Chishti continues to be one of the most popular sites of religious visitation for Sunni Muslims in the Indian subcontinent, with over "hundreds of thousands of people from all over the Indian sub-continent assembling there on the occasion of [the saint's] ʿUrs or death anniversary." Additionally, the site also attracts many Hindus, who have also venerated the Islamic saint since the medieval period.

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The Bihisti Darwaza is made of silver and it is washed with rose water by pilgrims in the afternoon. It is believed that touching it guarantees one a place in Heaven. It is also believed that roses offered to the dargah during the festival are sourced from Pushkar, a site deemed holy for Hindus.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Barack Obama offers 'chadar' at Ajmer Dargah Sharif for Chishty's 803rd Urs". DNA India. 19 April 2015.
  2. "797th Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisty begins in Ajmer". Sify. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.