Ajmer: Travelling into Spirituality
Ajmer is the City in northern Indian state, wrapped in green hills. It is a popular pilgrimage centre for people around the world from diverse religions.
Especially famous for the Dargah saint tomb (shrine) of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The mesmerising shrine is said to be spiritual that let you connect to your inner self. Once you step in, you sense constant relief and divinity around you. People come here for Ziarat (Pilgrimage) of this sacred place. People have their whishes what they desires granted. People believe it has a whole history and believers with evident proofs.
We were offered to meet Haji Syed Salman chishty (gaddi nasheen) who is also chairman of chishty foundation. He then took us under his care. He narrated the historical Stories related to the holy shrine to enlighten us. We get to know Dargah Sharif was built by the Mughals, which makes it feature splendid Mughal architecture. Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah has various buildings, tombs, courtyards and Daalaans. Some of such structures include Buland Darwaza, Nizam gate, Degs, Begami Daalaan, Dargah Shrine, Mehfil Khana, Aulia Masjid, Jama Masjid, Langar Khana, Victoria Hauz. Ahta-e-noor courtiyard of light.
There were also Qawwali programs held at the dargah. People sit there, relax, seek peace,and try to make spiritual bonds.
People usually buy roses, flowers and traditional chadars(decorative sheets) that has to be spreaded at the holy grave to offer honour and tie thread following with the duas(whishes) they has to make.
The most overwhelming sight was to see the equality and unbiased atmosphere, irrespective of colour, caste, religion, creed and gender and social standards.
Other place for which Ajmer is famous for is Taragarh Fort that is situated at the peak of the hillside almost 800 feet high. The fort is no longer in sight but it holds a shrine of Miran Syed Hussain Khigsawar and is second most sacred shrine in Ajmer. The road was greatly improved twenty years back to facilitate pilgrimage.
Concluding this holistic journey with a couplet of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti which endear a man to God. He referred to the following attributes.
” Awwal Sakhawat-e-chun Sakhawat-e-Dariya, Dom Shafkat-e-Chun Shafkat-e-Aftab, Siwam Tawazo-e-Chun Tawazo-e-Zameen”
(First, river like generosity; second, sun like affection, and third, Earth like hospitality.)
(Views are personal)