Dargahs in India Every Muslim Should Visit


Dargahs in India

India is a diverse country that is bound to overwhelm the senses of any new traveller. In this diversity, there are some spectacular dargahs in India that are a must-visit. Please note that some dargahs do not allow women and non-Muslims inside the prayer area.

Here is the list of 20 Dargahs in India Every Muslim Should Visit

1. Haji Ali Dargah

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Situated at the backdrop of a beautiful view of the sea, is the shrine of Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant turned into Muslim Sufi. The Haji Ali Dargah in India (mausoleum) was raised in 1431 in reminiscence of an affluent Muslim trader, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly belongings before making a trip to Mecca. People from all walks of life and religions come here to seek blessings.

2. Gol Gumbaz

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Gol Gumbaz, also known as Gola Gummata in the literal sense means a circular dome. It is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. The tomb is located in Bijapur, Karnataka and was built by architect Yaqut in 1656. It is considered as the structural triumph of Deccan architecture and famous dargah in India.

3. Bibi-ka-Maqbara

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Having a striking resemblance to Taj Mahal, the Bibi ka Maqbara is often referred to as the Taj of the Deccan. Bibi ka Maqbara was constructed by Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb in the memory of his mother Dilras Banu Begum. It is the principal monument in the historic city of Aurangabad making it an important dargah in India.

4. Jama Masjid, Agra, Agra - The Holy Heart of Agra

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One of the largest dargahs in India, Jama Masjid was built in 1648 with the Buland Darvaza serving as its grand entrance. The Jama Masjid is built mainly of red sandstone and white marble that stand as a testimony to the magnificent Mughal architecture. The design of Jama Masjid is unique.

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5. Hazrat Nizamuddin (Nizamuddin's Shrine)

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This is the holy shrine of Muslim Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Chisti. The tombs of many other people from the Mughal era are present in the same area, which surround a tank. The graves of Jahan Ara Begum and Inayat Khan are also present here. This dargah in India is peaceful and visually stunning.

6. Sufi Dargah in Manori

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The Sufi Dargah is a religious place of worship of the Sufi community living in Manori. It is a dargah in India which is not frequented by large crowds. Traditional music is often heard echoing from its walls, making your walk on the beach and the tree groves a much more melodious and calming experience.

7. Dargah Sharif

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Dargah Sharif, the tomb of Moinuddin Chishti is one of the holiest places of worship in India not only for the Muslims but for followers of every faith. Being the final resting place of the Gharib Nawaz Moin-ud-din Chishti, it has had an enormous contribution in spreading the ethical and spiritual values of Islam amongst masses. It is one of the dargahs in India that allows people from all faiths.

8. Akbar's Tomb

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Akbar's Tomb is a mausoleum which house the mortal remains of the great emperor Akbar. It is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, built in 1605-1613. It is situated in Sikandra, the outskirts of the Agra city and is spread over 119 acres. According to Tartary tradition, which stated to start the construction of one's tomb during one's lifetime only, Akbar himself commenced the construction of this tomb." It has a beautiful and energetic dargah in India.

9. Ibrahim Rauza

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Also known as The Taj Mahal of the Deccan, it is home to the remains of the Adil Shah ruler Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his wife Taj Sultana. It was designed by Malik Sandal with a mosque to the right and a tomb to the left.

10. Gumbaz

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The Gumbaz, or the burial chamber of Tipu Sultan and his parents is one of the most prominent structures of the city, with doors crafted from ivory, sprawling corridors and walls with tiger stripes, said to be a favorite of Mysore's very own tiger and a mosque. It has a beautiful dargah in India with a view of the laid out garden.

11. Dargah-E-Hakimi

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Dargah-e-Hakimi, is one of the holiest places for the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is located about 3 km from Gadhi Chowk in Burhanpur. It is sacred dargah in India for muslims.

12. Hajo Powa Mecca

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The word 'Powa' means 1/4th and hence, Powa Mecca figuratively refers to having some of the sanctity of Mecca. The tomb of Pir Giasuddin Auliya, a pioneer of Islam is located here. It is a beautiful dargah in India.

13. Peer Baba Dargah

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Dedicated to an Islam saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah, this Dargah, attracts devotees across religions. The saint was said to have lived for 500 years, only on milk. He also shared connections to the Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Visit on Thursdays, to this unique Dargah, which shares spirituality across religions and legends. It is one of the most secular dargahs in India.

14. Shankaracharya Samadhi

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It is believed that Sri Sankaracharya who propounded the Adwaita Philosophy established this holy shrine and one of his four Mathas in the 8th century and attained Nirvana at age 32 here.

15. Dargah of Pir Ismail

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This dargah in India was built in the memory of Pir Ismail, a tutor to the then Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb. The gate is regal in its form and it has a largely pointed archway, which forms a sort of portico. The Dargah as a small entrance and is built in an intricate style which consists of a Parapet, facade, terrace and a dome.

16. Baba Farid's tomb

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It is believed that Faridabad was named after baba Farid, a popular sufi saint. There is great bustle all year round of pilgrims coming from different regions to this dargah in India.

17. Tomb of Ahmed Shah and Ahmed Shah's Mosque.

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Tomb of Sultan Ahmed Shah who was the founder of the city of Ahmedabad. This tomb also has the cenotaphs of Ahmed Shah's son and grandson. Women are not allowed in the central chamber.

18. Dargah Garib Shah, Jammu

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Another shrine, which has its devotees, spread across religions, this one is dedicated to a saint, Garib Shah who preached of humanity and unity.

19. Chhoti Dargah, Maner, Patna

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Chhoti Dargah is a 3-storied mausoleum located in Maner, just 30 km outside of Patna on NH 30. Also known as Maner Sharif, the place is an architectural marvel. The Muslim saint Makhdum Shah was buried here in 1616 and is now a popular dargah for the Muslims in Patna and surrounding areas. There is also a large tank just in front of the mausoleum. A mosque was also built later in this compound by Ibrahim Khan in 1619.

20. Itimad-ud-daula's Tomb, Agra

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Often referred to as the "Baby Taj Mahal", the tomb of Itimad-ud-daula is a Mughal mausoleum and is often regarded as a copy of the Taj Mahal. This is the first tomb in India made entirely of marble. It is the tomb of Mir Gheyas Beg, who was a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. Visiting this tomb is like taking a step back in time into Agra's history.. If you take a bird's eye of the monument, it looks like a jewel box set in a garden. This magnificent dargah in India, built on the banks of Yamuna, was to inspire the construction of one of the wonders of the world "Taj Mahal" in the later years.

Which of these dargahs in India have you already visited? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was published by Surbhi Parashar

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