Modi presents ‘chadar’
for offering at
Ajmer Sharif Dargah

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday presented a “chadar” to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi that will be offered at Ajmer Sharif Dargah on the 810th Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

PM Modi tweeted, “Presented the Chadar which shall be offered at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah on the Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the handing over the ‘Chadder’ for Dargah Ajmer Sharif to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in New Delhi

PM Modi also shared a picture where he is seen holding the ‘chadar’ along with the Minister.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah is a holy Sufi shrine in Rajasthan that is visited by a large number of devotees every year.

Important facts about Ajmer Sharif Dargah Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, also popularly known as Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz, was a beloved Sufi saint and philosopher of the Chisti order, and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.

Born in Sanjar (of modern-day Iran), he went to Delhi during the reign of Sultan Iltutmish and moved to Ajmer shortly thereafter. It was in Ajmer that Moinuddin became famous as a charismatic and compassionate spiritual preacher and teacher.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after handing over the ‘Chadder’ for Dargah Ajmer Sharif to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in New Delhi

The dargah of Moinuddin Chisti became a holy site of immense significance after his death in March 1236. In 1332, Sultan of Delhi Iltutmish visited the tomb to commemorate the memory of the saint. Mughal Emperor Akbar visited Ajmer Sharif Dargah a minimum of 14 times in his life and also reconstructed the tomb’s sanctum sanctorum in 1579.

Later, Mughal emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan, and Padshah Begum of the Mughal Empire Jahanara renovated the structure. Other famous rules like Razia Sultana, Nasiruddin Mahmud, Muhammad bin Tughluq, and Sher Shah Suri had also visited the shrine.

Over the years, Ajmer Sharif Dargah grew in size and importance. The white marble dome of Chishti’s shrine was built in 1532. This date is inscribed in golden letters on the Northern wall of the dargah. It is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the dome features a lotus and a crown of gold, donated by Rampur’s Nawab Haider Ali Khan. In 1888, the Dargah’s royal darbar, Mehfil Khana, was constructed.

Dargah Ajmer Sharif

The complex has multiple structures and has eight entrance gates, although only three are used. It has eight tombs besides that of Chishti, belonging to members of his family. Some of these include Chishti’s daughter Bibi Hafiza Jamal and Nizam Sikka, a water carrier who saved Mughal Emperor Humayun’s life.

The Dargah is visited by both Muslims and Hindus since medieval times. Pilgrims from different corners of the world go there and offer chaddars (sacred sheets) to the shrine. They also offer rose petals, which total up to seven tonnes per day. Women are also allowed to enter the Dargah, which, as per some estimates, is visited by around 20,000 pilgrims every day.