History of Ajmer Dargah
The shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) was built in 1232 AD after his taking leave from the material world. On the place where he used to worship, a shrine was build. Since centuries it has become a counter narrative of converting by sword and a centre of love, spirituality, peace and universal brotherhood. Khwaja Sahib (R.A.) also known as protector of the poor is one of the beloved of Allah Ta’la, HE intercedes on behalf of people and helps them find the true path to Allah Ta’la. This shrine is the centre of attraction for not only Muslims but many other religious followers. This shrine is a symbol of complementary otherness, symbolizing love itself as the law. Khwaja Moinuddin (R.A.) is perceived as the living spirit of love, peace and harmony, and is universally respected since HE put his foot on the Indian soil. The Dargah Ajmer is the centre of South Asian Sufi way of Islam starting with the Chishty order and many other orders branching out from it. According to Khwaja Sahib (R.A.) “He indeed is a true devotee blessed with the love of God, who is gifted with the following of these three attributes: River like charity, sun like affection and earth like hospitality.”
Many Sultans have pawed homage to the Dargah and built the compound, grand mosques, and water tanks, cauldrons etc.
- The main tomb and the surrounding compound were built by Sultan Iltutmish.
- The two mighty gateways to the Dargah were built by Sultan Gayasuddin Khilji of Mandu, Malwa from 1469 to 1500 AD.
- The Third Buland Darwaza was built by Usman Ali Khan, Nizam of Hyderabad in 1912 AD.
- Akbar was the first emperor to go to Ajmer Sharif on foot; he built the mosque, Akbari Masjid in 1571 AD.
- There are two big cauldrons donated by the Mughals, the bigger one (Deg) donated by Akbar can hold 2500 KG’s of food, mainly rice pudding with nuts. The second one donated by Emperor Jahangir can hold 1000 KG’s of rice pudding with nuts or any food.
- The main tomb is inlaid with white marble; it has a silver canopy over it and is enclosed by silver railing. The ceiling of the dome has velvet covering which was originally presented by Maharaja Gaekwad of Baroda.
- Hundreds of kilograms of fresh roses are offered by pilgrims each day.
- It was in the Dargah of Ajmer that Sir Thomas Roe, the ambassador of King James I, the ruler of England met Emperor Jahangir in 1616AD.
- Beautiful Golden Crown (52 Kg Gold). This was presented by the ruler of Rampur His Highness Kalbe Ali Khaa's brother of Haider Ali Khaa.
- The entrance is decorated with gold and enamel work, as well as Belgian crystal chandeliers (lights and lamps have traditionally appeared at Sufi tombs, perhaps to convey the image of the saint as illuminating people).
The Chishty order’s aim is to shatter the wall of diversity in religions and faith and knit men in common bond of love. The Chishty order preaches that God is love and the entire creation is one single family of God.