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Dargah Sharif, Ajmer

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Dargah Sharif, the most famous pilgrimage centre in Rajasthan, is the place were Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti was buried. He was a Sufi saint who dedicated his life to the service of the poor and the downtrodden. This site is revered by people of all religions and is visited by millions of pilgrims every year.

The dargah with silver doors was constructed in several stages and houses the original tomb of the saint in a silver railing and a marble screen. Every year ‘Urs’ is held here for a period of 6 days in remembrance of the great Sufi saint. This duration of 6 days has special religious significance as people largely believe that when the saint was 114 years old, he locked himself inside a room for 6 days to pray and left his mortal body in solitude.

According to legends, Emperor Akbar offered the cauldrons when he was blessed by a heir to his throne by the saint. The tomb, which was built by Humayun, is located on the foot of a small and barren hill in Ajmer. It is built with white marble and has 11 arches along with a Persian inscription.

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