Dargah Sharif in Ajmer

The most frequently-visited pilgrimage point in Ajmer, Dargah Sharif

The most frequently-visited pilgrimage point in Ajmer, Dargah Sharif | Photo credit: Habib Munmun/Wikimedia

Dargah Sharif Overview

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The world-famous Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is the most frequently-visited pilgrimage point in Ajmer. The complex houses numerous monuments; important attractions within the Dargah include two imposing gates called Buland Darwaza, the mausoleum where Moinuddin Chishti's tomb is placed. There is also a mosque and a huge cauldron where believers donate money, which is then used to feed the poor and needy.

A popular custom at the Dargah is to make offerings in the form of flowers and a chaddar (a cloth wrap) which is placed over the holy saint’s tomb by pilgrims seeking blessings from the Holy Spirit. It is also believed that one can make a wish come true by tying a thread at the shrine, which has to be taken off once the wish comes true.

A large number of pilgrims visit the Dargah to make offerings in the name of the Sufi saint who dedicated his life to the betterment of society. Adding to the ambience of the Dargah complex is the impeccable Mughal architecture, the spellbinding qawwalis and the divine scent of incense sticks all around.

An event that reveals the true harmonious character the Dargah is the annual Urs, a six-day festival which is held during Rajab, the seventh month of the lunar calendar each year.

  • Opening Closing Time 4 or 5 am to 9 or 10 pm, depending on the season

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    Hrithik Roshan was filmed visiting the Dargah as Emperor Akbar in the Bollywood hit Jodhaa Akbar. Apart from being a popular shooting location, the Dargah is also visited by several Bollywood celebrities every year, who seek blessings of the Sufi saint.

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