It is believed that if you pray with a pure heart at the Ajmer Sharif, your wishes completed. My journey stopped at India’s one of the biggest religious sites Ajmer Sharif. It took me half an hour from Ajmer Railway station to reach Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah is the tomb of the Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. He was known for his noble teachings of Islam. Moinuddin Chisti was Muhammad’s direct descendant. He reached Ajmer in 12th century from Lahore and stayed here till his death. The shrine was built by Mughal Emperor Humayun.
We see some mosques inside the dargah complex, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar and Shah Jahan. During their time, they visited the shrine every year.
I saw a beautiful ritual called Roshnee means the lighting ceremony which is held before the evening prayers. Dargah workers place candles and you I’ll hear some drumbeats in the background. Lamps are placed in four corners of the tomb and lit.
The main tomb gate is known as Nizam Gate which is also called as Shahjahani Gate because it was erected by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. There is Buland Darwaja which hoist the Urs flag on the top during the Urs festival. It was built by Mahmood Khilji.
In the courtyard, I saw the tomb of Moinuddin Chishti. The hold plating has been done on the top and the railing has been used to guard the grave and the railing is made from silver and a marble screen. Entrance doors are also made from silver with beautiful carvings.
Dargah Complex also has Degs which means the huge utensil used for cooking in the time of Mughals. Badi Deg cooks 70 pounds of rice and Choti Deg cooks 28 pounds rice at one time. One of the Degs was presented by Akbar in the 16th century. The circumference of Badi Deg is about 10 feet. The food is cooked at the night and distributed to the public after morning prayer.
Mehfilkhana is the place where pilgrims enjoy the soulful Qawwali session. This place was built by Nawab Badhir-Ud-Dowla. You will see many monuments inside the Dargah complex such as Begami Daalaan, Aulia Masjid, Sanadali Masjid and Akbari Masjid.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport. Take a taxi or cab to reach Ajmer Sharif. There are regular buses from the various cities of Rajasthan. You can use the Indian Railway which is well connected to Ajmer. Take a rickshaw or tuk-tuk from the bus stand and it will take 10-15 minutes to reach the Dargah.
Best time to visit
Ajmer is one of the hot places in Rajasthan. The best time to visit the shrine is the winter season. You can also visit it during the Eid or Urs Festival.
You can check out my video here to experience my journey to Ajmer Sharif