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Historical Monuments

 
Nizam Gate

Nizam Gate

The main gate of the Dargah Sharif was erected by Mir Osman Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad Deccan in 1911. One can hear sounds of drums beating during the day and at an appointed hour in the night.


Shahjahani Gate

Shahjahani Gate

Immediately following the Nizam gate is the Shahjahani gate which was erected by Emperor Shahjahan. Before the construction of Nizam Gate the Shahjahani gate was the main entrance. Above the gate the words from the Holy Quran are inscribed. The doors are made of fine timber covered with silver plated metal.


Buland Darwaza

Buland Darwaza

Next to Shahjahani gate is a high entrance called Buland Darwaza which was erected by Mahmood Khilji. Before the commencement of Urs Sharif a flag is hoisted on top of this gate and a grand ceremony held on the 25th Jaadiulsaani for ushering the 'Urs' of Khwaja Saheb, which starts from 1st of Rajjab (The 7th month of lunar calendar).

Akbari mosque

Akbar Mosque (Masjid)

Akbari mosque is situated between the Shahjahani Gate and Buland Darwaza which was erected by emperor Akbar and is made of red sand stone. A Madrasa (religious institution) called Darul-uloom is located in this mosque.



(a) The Big Deg was presented by emperor Akbar in which one hundred and twenty mounds of rice can be cooked at a time and is fed to more than 5000 people. The rice is cooked with sugar, ghee and dry fruits.

(b) The Small Deg was presented by Jahangir and can hold sixty mounds of rice. The food cooked in these cauldrons is very delicious. It is prepared by devotees in fulfillment of their vows and distributed among the poor.

Mehfil Khana

Mehfil Khana (Auditorium)

This hall was erected by Nawab Bashirud-Daula of Hyderabad (Deccan), when he was blessed with a son Moinuddola. During the annual Urs Sharif, Qawwalis are held here every night and on the 6th of Rajjab at 11.00 A.M.


Langar Khana

Langar Khana (Free Kitchen)

Opposite the Mehfil Khana is the Langer Khana (free public kitchen) where about 5 mounds of barley meal is cooked twice a day and distributed to the poor without any discrimination.


  • Victoria Tank (Haur)

    In memory of Queen Mary's visit to the Shrine, the roof of the tank was constructed by the British government for the convenience of the worshippers.

  • Alamgiri Masjid

    This mosque adjacent to the Mazar (tomb) as originally erected by Sultan Mahmood Khilji but later on it was reconstructed by Aurangzeb. The golden interior enhances its splendor greatly. Recently a roof over the outer area was constructed by a khadim.

  • Shahjahan's Mosque (Jama Masjid)

    Erected by emperor Shahjahan and situated on the west of the Shrine, this mosque is made of pure white marble. In addition to the regular daily prayers, friday and Eid prayers are also offered here. The interior of this mosque also has golden interior.

  • Begami Dalan

    This hall is located at the eastern main entrance of the holy tomb and was erected by princess Jahan Ara, the daughter of Shahjahan. Fateha, Darood and Salams and prayers are perfomed in this hall. The large courtyard around this hall is used for Qawwali and Milad Sharif and is called Ahata-e-Noor.

  • The Holy Sepulcher (Mazar Sharif)

    This is the center of the holy shrine where mortal remains of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty lie buried. The Mazar Sharif is made up of precious stones and jewels. The sepulcher itself remains covered with gold studded Chadar (cloth sheet). There are two silver railing enclosures around the Mazar Sharif offered by Mughal rulers. On the gate of the enclosure, there is an inscription with a couplet written in golden letters that was presented by the Nizam of Hyderabad Deccan. The Jhajhri (small door) was presented by Swai Jai Singh II of Jaipur.

  • Mazar (Tomb) of Khwaja Saheb's Daughter

    The Mazar of Bibi Hafiz Jamal, daughter of Khwaja Saheb, is situated to the south of the shrine. There is a small dome with a kalas on top of it. The doors of this tomb are plated with silver.

  • Mazar (Tomb) of Princess Gaiti Ara

    Princess Gaiti Ara, the grand daughter of Emperor Shahjahan is also buried in the compound on the western side of the shrine.

  • Hadat Khana (Place of Recitation)

    The two enclosures situated just outside the southern gate of the shrine and adjacent to the tomb of Bibi-Hafiz Jamal, bear the graves of some of the early descendants. The Holy Quran is recited by devotees especially by ladies in these enclosures and the reward of this virtuous action is offered to the noble soul of Hazrat Khwaja Saheb.

  • Jannati Darwaza

    This gate is also situated on the western side of the shrine adjacent to the tomb of Gaiti Ara. The doors of the gate are covered with silver metal. It is opened only four times during the year, twice on Eid, during the annual Urs (for six days) and on the 6th of Shawwal which is the Urs of Khwaja Saheb's Pir.

  • Aulia Masjid

    The place where Khwaja Saheb stayed for a few days, when he came to Ajmer for the first time, has now been turned into a mosque called Aulia Masjid. It is made of white marble. Devotees use it only for recitation of Holy Quran and thanks giving prayers. No regular prayers are held here, as it is very close to Alamgir's Mosque.

  • Arcot Dalan

    This small hall on the southern side of the shrine was erected by Nawab Muhamad Ali of Arcot around the year 1800 for the comfort of the devotees. It is also used for the death rituals by khadims.

  • Dalan Haji Syed Abdul Hameed Saheb (Khadim Khwaja Saheb)

    This Dalan is located at the eastern side of Ahata-e-Noor, erected by late Haji Syed Abdul Hameed Khadim Khwaja Saheb for the comfort of pilgrims.

  • Jhalra (Water Reservoir)

    This reservoir dates back to the time of Khwaja Saheb. Water for drinking and for the use in Langar Khana and cauldrons is supplied from here. A majority of residents around Dargah Sharif also use water from here.

  • Annual Urs and other Functions

    No where at any shrine in the sub-continent are such a large number of functions and ceremonies held, as are at the holy shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.). Not only the Urs of the Holy Saint, but the annual death anniversaries of prophet, (S.A.W.) four pious caliphs and all the famous predecessors and successors (Saint)of Khwaja Saheb are also celebrated in a magnificent way. Special functions are held on Eid Meeladun Nabi, (12 days) Urs of Khulfas, and Ghaus paak (Giyarahwin Sharif). Shab-e-mairaj, Shaban-e-Moazam, and Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz. Special programmes are also held during Ramdhan-ul-Mubarak, and in Moharram, the special Majlis in the memory of Hazrat Syed Imam Hussain is also held, for 10 days.