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Dargah Sharif Ajmer Temple

The Dargah Sharif Ajmer is one of the most sacred shrines of the Muslims as well as the Hindus. It is actually the tomb of the revered Sufi saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti. The Ajmer Dargah Sharif earns recognition as one of India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage sites. Hordes of devotees from different religious traditions and countries congregate to pay reverence to Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti on his Urs (death anniversary). Urs lasts for three days during the first six days of 'Rajab' (seventh month of the Islamic calendar), the number of pilgrims then soars up to lakhs. According to popular belief, in Dargah Sharif the prayers and wishes of every devotee get gratified.

The Mughal rulers, from Humayun to Shah Jahan, constructed the Dargah building. The architectural plan of the Dargah Sharif is truly parabolic of the Mughal grandeur emblazoned in its monuments. The Dargah Bazaar is the ingress that leads to the inner courtyard. The high entrance involves beautifully carved silver doors. The first gate is the NizamGate, built in 1915. It also owns an elegant green and white mosque built by Shah Jahan. Beyond this, in the inner courtyard, are large iron cauldrons called degs. Of these one was donated by Akbar in 1567 and the other by Jehangir in 1631) for offerings to the poor. These two were massive cauldrons with capacity of 2240 kg and 4480 Kg respectively. On special occasions, 'Kheer' prepared in these cauldrons is distributed among the pilgrims.

The polyandrium of the Sufi Saint is bounded by a silver balustrade and partially roofed with a marble screen. A prayer room exclusively for women, which was constructed by Chimni Begum, the daughter of Shah Jahan is resultantly maintained. The Dargah also has the sepulchers of Bhishti, Bibi Hafiz Jama(saint's daughte)r- and Chimni Begum(Shah Jahan's daughter).

» Prime Attractions:
Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra: Beyond the Dargah lie the exceptional ruins of the Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra (Two-and-a-Half-Days) mosque. Legends enumerate that the mosque was constructed in 1153 and took two and a half days. It was initially built as a Sanskrit College. However, in 1198 Mohammad of Ghori seized Ajmer and renewed the building into a mosque by toting up a seven-arched wall in front of the pillared hall.

Taragarh Fort: The ancient Taragarh Fort situated about 3km fro the mosque, one and a half hour climb beyond the mosque indeed proffers a brilliant view of the city.

Shahjahan’s Mosque: Shahjahan’s mosque is the most stupendous of all the sanctums within the Dargah premises. It has a stunning edifice in white marble with a extended corridor (30.5m) having aesthatic carvings.

» How to Reach Dargah Sharif
Ajmer can be easily accessed through air, train or road. While the nearest airport is about 138 kms, in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, the easier way is to take a train to the city.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Jaipur airport about 138 kms away. From Jaipur you can take a train or a bus to Ajmer.

By Rail: Ajmer is well linked with the major cities of India through a Rail network. Direct trains to Ajmer from Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Abu Road, and Jodhpur are available.

By Road: Regular Buses operate from most cities. However, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat offer a good frequency of service. During the Urs time, special bus services from other cities are made available.

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