Begami Dalaan

 

Begami Dalaan

Overhanging the principal eastern to the Shrine or Mausoleum, there is a handsome porch known as Begami Daalaan which was built in 1643 AD by Princess Jahan Ara Begam, the favorite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan. The walls and the beautiful marble pillars of the Begami Daalaan were done in colorful gold in 1888 AD. Later on, the ceiling of this Daalaan was also embellished in gold with the money donated by a Muslim merchant of Bombay.

This beautiful portico was used by the Begams or ladies of the Mughal harem during their frequent visits to the shrine. There are two simultaneous entrances to the Shrine through the Begami Daalaan. The doors of both of them are mounted with heavy silverplate carved in ornamental details. The tomb is of white marble inlaid with pieces of precious stones and is daily bestrewed with sandal-paste and Itars (perfumes). It is always covered with very costly ‘Ghilaafs’ (coverings made of velvet and silk) embroidered with pleasing gold and silver tracings.

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Mazaar Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin Gurdezi R A

 

Mazaar Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin Gurdezi R A

His and his wife’s tomb is inside the Tosha Khana which is attached to the Begami Dalaan. And its door opens in the interior of the Rauja-e Munnawara. He was a close relative, Pir Brother and a Mureed of Huzur Gareeb Nawaz R A. Hazrat’s son is known as Khuddam Sayyadjadgaan who is responsible for taking care of the interiors of the Gumbad. Gumbad shareef, Mazaar Akdas and all the commodities inside it, are taken care by him. He does all the rituals like putting flowers, sandal and also helping Zayereen for salam. He is also responsible for taking care of the offerings like chadar and gilaf and placing them.

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Chaar Yaar

 

Chaar Yaar

To the south wall of the Jama masjid Shahjahani there is a small door which leads to a large area. This is a cemetery which extends from the Jhalra wall to the back of the Jama Masjid. In this cemetery are buried the renowned Aulias, Faazil, Sufis, Fakirs and Aulia Allah whose shrine are also over here. Maulana Shamsuddin Sabah is also buried over here. It is said that this cemetery has shrines of the four Buzurg who accompanied Huzoor Gareeb Nawaz R A when he arrived. Hence it is famously known as Chaar Yaar.

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Rauja-e-Munnawara

 

Rauja-e-Munnawara

The construction of the Rauja-e-Munnawara and Gumbad Sharif was started during the reign of Sultan Mohammad Khilji. But historians differ and believe that it was built by Khwaja Hussain Nagori R A. The inside of the gumbad is made up of brick and lime. The outer portion of the Gumbad is plastered and covered with lime. Inside the gumbad mubarak, there is a silver ‘Chaparkhat’ (canopy) inlaid with pieces of mother-of-pearl presented by Emperor Jahangir. Between the four poles supporting this `chaparkhat’, there is silver `katehra’ (railing) with an arch towards the south. There is another outer silver katehra running around the tomb at a distance of about 2 feet. The devotees are led into this space to offer flowers and prayers over the tomb.

The ceiling of the dome is covered by a costly velvet chatgiri. A peculiar kind of fascinating aroma prevails in the shrine which inspires the visitors with a spontaneous and irresistible urge for devotion and homage towards the sleeping saint. As soon as one enters the interior of the shrine, he feels as if he is in the presence of some exalted soul or mighty spiritual king.

After the prayers in the evening i.e. Maghrib all the lights powered by electricity are switched off inside the Rauja-e-Munnawara and candles are lit to lighten the inside of the gumbad. While lighting the candles, sonnets are read which are inscribed on the mirrors which are placed inside the gumbad.

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Ahata-e-Chambeli

 

Ahata-e-Chambeli

After passing through Sahan-e-Chiragh there are two high doors in the middle of a row of small rooms. One of the doors is located in the east. Which is the entrance to compound of Astan-e-Alia from where the Gumbad Sharif can be seen very clearly? On the left, there is a small but very beautiful mosque of white marble, called Aulia Masjid On the right is located Ahata-e-Chambeli where sacred shrines are located. These shrines and their walls are covered with jasmine shrubs. It is said that these shrines belong to holy wives of khawaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.).

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