Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is the shrine of the famous Sufi Saint Khawaja Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. Dargah is located in Nizamuddin West area of Delhi. People from every religion come here to seek blessings of the Sufi saint.
History of Nizamuddin Aulia
Nizamuddin Alia was a world famous Sufi saint of the Chisti Order. He was born in the 13th century in Badayun (Uttar Pradesh). He came to Delhi to preach the order of Chisti. He taught people about the peace and love. He was the disciple of Saint Farid Shakarganj. He had many renowned followers like Mughal Emperor Babur, Humayaun, Akbar and Jahangir.
Amir Khusro who was the great Urdu poet, also a big follower of Nizamuddin Aulia. There is a tomb of Amir Khusro inside the Dargah Complex. We can also find the tomb of Mughal princess Jehan Ara Begum and Inayat Khan inside the complex. The Dargah was built by Muhammad Bin Tughlaq of the Tughlaq Dynasty. Nizamuddin Aulia was passed away in April, 1325.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah Complex
The Nizamuddin Dargah is a white marble structure which is covered in striking green colour cloth which is called “Chadar”.
Women are allowed to enter in the main tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. They can see through the jali from the outer verandah.
Local people believe that tying a thread on the jali outside the main tomb, as a reminder to Hazrat Nizamuddin of their wishes.
You can see Jamat Khana Mosque across the western side of the open courtyard. Dargah’s north side, there is a stepwell which was built by the successors of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia with the help of water lit lamps.
Lamps are lit in the evening service when a ritual called Dua-E-Roshni to happen in the shrine. All the pilgrims gather in the courtyard and stand around a Khadim (traditional caretakers of the shrine). The experience of watching this century-old tradition is beautiful.
You can also find the grave of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib in the open marble pillar which is called Chaunsath Khamba (64-pillar).
You can see other tombs in the Nizamuddin complex are the Kalan-Masjid, Atag Khan’s Tomb, Khan-I-Jahan Tilangani’s Tomb, Lal-Mahal, Chini Ka Burj, Barapula, Chaunsath Khamba, and Khan-I-Khanan’s Tomb.
How to reach
Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station. You can take an auto or taxi to reach here.
IGT airpot is the nearest airport. Take a taxi or cab to reach here. You can also use Delhi Metro. The nearest Metro station is Hazrat Nizamuddin (Pink line) and Indraprasth (Blue Line).
Best time to visit
You can visit Nizamuddin Dargah at any time. Thursday is the best day if you want to see the Qawwali session. Urs Festival (death anniversary of Amir Khusro and Nizamuddin Aulia) and the holy month of Ramadan are the best time to visit Dargah.
Films shot in Dargah
Many qawwalis were shot in the Dargah complex like Arziyan (Delhi 6) and Kun Faya Kun (Rockstar). Both qawwalis are composed by AR Rahman. Some scenes of Bajrangi Bhaijaan featuring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor were also shot in Dargah.