Dargahs are shrines built over the graves of Sufi saints or dervishes. Dargahs are also associated with Sufi hostels or meeting rooms called Khangah.
Lists of Dargahs in India
There are around 26 dargahs all over India. There are some lists of dargahs in India:
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Ziarati Hazrati Youza Asouph, Gorippalayam Dargah, Piran Kaliyar Sharif Dargah, Mazar-E-Molla. These are some of the best pilgrimage places, Muslims can visit in India. The ten most famous list of Dargah in India are: –
- Mazar-E-Molla: – It is a Dargah situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This Dargah looks stunning with its white marble tomb and silver doors with 39th, 40th and 47th spiritual heads of Bohra Muslims.
- Thangal Para Dargah: – The dargah is located in Kerala state, somewhere near vagamon in Idduki district. This dargah is famous for resting place of a Sufi saint. Hasrath Seikh Fariuddin Baba, who reached Kerala around 800 years before.
- Jama Masjid: – In the list of Dargah in India, Jama Masjid is the largest and most famous dargah. This dargah attracts lots of tourists because of the sculptures. This monument is made of hundred pillars and domes. It is built in yellow sandstone. The major highlight of this dargah is all these hundred domes in dargah are of different heights. The courtyard can give shelter to around 25,000 people.
- Taj UI Masjid: – The word ‘Taj-UI-masjid’ means. The crown of mosques. This dargah is a very magnificent dargah and quite famous in Bhopal. Sultan Shan Jehan begum and her daughter Sultan Jahan Begum tried to build this, mosque. But later the construction was completed by maulana Sayed Hashment Ali sahib and Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal. This dargah made of red stones is built near a lake called Motia Talab. It holds a sign of determination and devotion of female ruler.
- Mecca Masjid: – It is one of the first dargah in India and oldest mosque in Hyderabad. The brick which was used in construction were brought from Mecca, the hold city in Saudi Arabia. The walls of this dargah are beautifully patterned and made of granite.
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- Haji Ali dargah: – This dargah is dedicated to a famous saint and preacher Pir Haji Ali Shan Bhukhari. This Dargah is a very famous dargah in Southern Mumbai. This Dargah is built in Mughal architecture with domes and minarets.
- Kazmir big Mosque: – It is one of the first dargah in India. In Madurai, it was the first Muslim place worship. This mosque was founded by the descendant of Islamic prophet Muhammad, Hazrat Hazi Syed Tujuddin.
- Sheikh Salim Chishti Dargah: – This white marbled tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti is a sacred place of Islam. It was built by Akbar between 1580 to1581. This dargah was famous because childless women came here to take blessings of the saint. It is a historical place. This beautiful mosque was built in the middle of sikri complex marvelously decorated with gardens, baths, and courts.
- Nimazuddin Dargah: – It is the Dargah of the Nimazuddin Auliya, world’s most famous Sufi saints. This Dargah was constructed by Muhammad bin Tughlaq. This Dargah consists of jails, courtyards, and marble arches. Many qawwali sessions are held here every Thursday making this place incredibly popular. This Dargah also offers devotees with Sufi songs that make their pilgrimage a unique one.
- Ajmer Sharif: – It is one of the biggest Dargah across the globe. It is actually the biggest dargah in South Asia. This biggest Dargah in the world is also one of the oldest and first dargahs in India. This Dargah is the grave of Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is a very famous dargah in India among the list of Dargah in India. It is dargah of Rajasthan where no prayer ever goes unanswered. This dargah was built with large pillars or ‘Kose’. Several white marble buildings can be seen arranged around the two courtyards, thus making it one of the biggest dargah in the world.
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The bottom line
Many famous dargahs and also one of the biggest dargah in the world Ajmer Sharif is situated in India. The Dargah’s of India attracts millions of tourists each year.
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