Look Beyond Ajmer Sharief
India is land of gods and goddesses; when we talk about gods, it is not
restricted to any particular religion. The multi religious and multi faceted
cultural inheritance of India has given it a palpable status. Ajmer Sharif
is one such holy pilgrimage in India which attracts people of all religious
backgrounds. Perfumed aching smoke, thick walls and people offering their
prayers in full sanctity to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti; is what defines aura of
this holy pilgrimage. Rich and poor, weak and hopeful, sad and happy; all
visit Ajmer Sharif in full sanctity. Over centuries, Khawaja has mended
pains of many and blessed uncountable.
Khawaja Sahib called me and I was there. I went there to have a
dip in the lake near as it could wash my sins said Hamida Bano
Sandalwood rosaries, roses and jasmine coupled with enchanting of holy
rhymes in the Dargah of Ajmer Sharif, fills the heart of devout with immense
love and faith for the divine. This is one tomb where one can find people of
different religions and faiths praying together with full devotion and
respect for Khwaja. It speaks high about the powers of the divinity. After
the death of Khwaja, his tomb, became such a centre of attraction that it
made emperor Akbar walk for 16 days from Agra to Ajmer to offer prayers.
The profusions of buildings around the Dargah started with a mosque which
Akbar had built here. There are many other small and large edifices that
devout built around the Dargah as a patronage. The entrance of the Dargah
looms at 70ft over the bazaar. There are few drums which have been kept over
the entrance which were gifted by Akbar. Moving a little further, one can
have a view of Buland darwaza which was built by Mohammed Khilji. There are
two degs (cauldrons) in the large compound, which were gifted by Akbar and
Jahangir. These degs were gifted in order to cook meals for the people who
come here from far off places.
Ajmer, today, stands as a modest town of Rajasthan with gorgeous setting
harbored by hills and beautiful Anna Sagar Lake. Urs or annual pilgrimage of
the devotees is celebrated in Ajmer during the month of May and is a major
crowd puller. The euphoneious chantings by the people and their love for
Khwaja is mesmerizing. People follow long cues which are kilometer long to
be able to visit Khawaja's tomb for a few seconds. Free food is served to
these devout, out of the donations that Dargah receives annually.
There are a few monuments that are located within a distance of few
kilometers from here. While visiting this magnificent Dargah, take a half
day's time out to visit some of these interesting sights.
which is 11km from here, is
famous Hindu pilgrimage. It is only place to have temple of Hindu Diety,
Lord Brahma. There is one Nasiyan Jain Temple which is located about 5km
from here. Taragarh Fort is the most interesting fort here. It lies 5km from
the town. A tour around the fort costs Rs. 200 on auto and 300 in a taxi. It
would be worth visiting this magnificently designed fort.
When I entered the Dargah, Kawaalis were on. The entire
environment took me to a new plight which was so holistic and spiritual. It
is difficult for me to comprehend those moments
added Hamida Bano.
Ajmer Urs, a festival which breaks the tags of religion and caste is a must
watch on your Ajmer
tour travel. The
festival is held on 25 th Janamdi-ul-Akhir (sixt lunar month) in the month
of May and take place for six days in continuation. On these days, you would
see a unique cultural upliftment when poets from all sector of India collect
and recite a composition dedicated to Khwaja.
A Manmade Lake constructed by Maharaja Aniji in 1950 and there by is one of
the famous attractions of Ajmer.
Taragarh Fort :
Just 8 kms from Ajmer Sharief. Taragarh fort is must watch on your Ajmer
The time spent here would be fruitful .You would like to stay here and hear
to the paens sung in the memories of Khwaja Mouiddin.
I am in awe with dargah, I cannot forget it all my life. If I
would get a chance or when the Khwaja Sahib would call me, I would again
visit the place Habiba verbalized her emiotions.
By Air :
Nearest airport is Jaipur
which is 131 kms
By Rail :
Ajmer is the major rail head
By Road :
Well connected with all the major towns and
Rajasthan- The Royal State
- By Shahnawaj Ahmed Ansari