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DARGAH SHARIF

DARGAH SHARIF

The final resting place of the Saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, the bestower of Boons. It is popularly known as Ghareeb Nawaz. Built in the 13th century. It is approached through a gigantic gate - The 'Buland Darwaza' (or the great Door) leads to the second courtyard. The grave of the saint has a domed chamber, encircled by a Silver railing and a Marble screen. 'Quawwals' (Singers of Quawwalis) from all over the world, come to sing praises of the Saint, charging the atmosphere with a Soul filled current. Here 'Fakirs' plead for alms, while Khadims, (or Servants of the Saint) look out for Pilgrims. Outside the Dragah is a crowded Bazaar filled with ritual offerings for the Dragah. Two massive 'Degs' (Cauldrons) originally donated by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and Jahangir and later replaced in the 19th century and placed in the courtyard in which rice pudding is cooked. As part of the ritual, professional looters empty the Degs in a few minutes and then jump inside to scrape it clean.  This loot is then sold as 'Tabarruks' (sacred food).

 

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