Here the langar (dalya of wheat and barley) is distributed daily in the morning and evening on behalf of the Dargah committee.
Langar Khana is a free public kitchen where about 5 mounds of barley meal is cooked twice a day and distributed to the poor without any discrimination.
Langar Khana: In the eastern side of Sahan-e-Chiragh, there is a chain of small rooms. In the middle of this chain, stands a door , which is the entrance to vast court-yard , and a verandah. One of its door opens in Gali Langar Khana. Two huge iron-cauldrons are installed in the verandah. Salty porridge is coocked in these cauldrons two times daily, in the morning and evening and distributed among the poor. The Langar Khana was built by Emperor Akbar for the poor.
The Langar Khana was built by Emperor Akbar for the poor. Langar Khana is a free public kitchen where about 5 mounds of barley meal is cooked twice a day and distributed to the poor without any discrimination.
सेहन चिराग के पूरब में हुजरों की लाइन के बीच एक फाटक है, इस फाटक से अन्दर दाखिल होने पर एक बड़ा दालान है जिसका एक फाटक गली लंगर खाना में खुलता है। दालान के अन्दर लोहे के दो बड़े-बड़े कढाव हैं जिसमें सुबह शाम नमकीन दलिया पकाकर गरीबों में बांटा जाता है। यह लंगरखाना अकबर बादशाह ने गरीबों के लिए बनवाया था।
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It is in the west and adjacent to the Mehfil Khana. Its entrance is through a door in northen corner of Mehfil Khana. At present, an orphanage is being run in this building.
यह इमारत महफिल खाने से मिली हुई पश्चिम की तरफ है और इसमें दाखिल होने के लिए महफिल खाने के शुमाली (उत्तरी) गोशे में एक दरवाजा है। आजकल इस इमारत में यतीम खाना है।
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Sahan e Chiragh
Next to Buland Darwaza, there is a beautiful hexagon umbrella under which is placed a huge ancient brass lamp. Thus the yard is known as Sahan-e-Chiragh (the candle floor ).
हजरत ख्वाजा गरीब नवाज र0अ0 ने फरमाया- ‘कर्ज की अदायगी के लिए निम्न आयत को पांच बार हर नमाज में रोजाना इक्तालीस दिन तक पढ़े, इन्शाअल्लाह तआला कर्ज से बहुत जल्द निजात पाएगा।
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A second monumental gateway was built outside the Buland Darwaza during Shah Jahan’s reign. The inscription on the gateway indicates that it was built to commemorate a victory of Shah Jahan. This gateway is variously known as the Shah Jahani Darwaza and the Naqqar Khana, the latter because it was used to house tow immense drums, which came from Bengal.
An earlier reference suggests, however, that there was some kind of naqqar khana before the reign of Shah Jahan. Early in Ramadan (1574) the atmosphere of Ajmer became fragrant from the storm raised by the musk-like hoof of royal horses. The king went straight to the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin and duly observed the necessary religious ceremonies there, and from the spoils of Bengal, two big drums, which from the first day had been kept apart to be presented to the Khwaja, were brought and presented to the Naqqar Khana.
It is also known as Qalima darwaza as Qalima Tayyaba is inscribed clearly on the monument. Inside the doorway the flooring is made up of marble. When you move ahead of the doorway one can find stairs to the Akbari Masjid to the right, and in front stands the Buland Darwaza.
उस्मानी दरवाजे से दरगाह शरीफ में दाखिल हो तो कुछ फासले पर एक पुरानी किस्म का दरवाजा आता है इसके ऊपर शाही जमाने का नुक्कारखाना है। इस दरवाजे को शाहजहां ने 1047 हिजरी में बनवाया। इस वजह से यह दरवाजा नक्कारखाना शहजहानी के नाम से मशहूर है। दरवाजे की मेहराबों पर साफ शब्दों में कलिमा तैयबा लिखा हुआ है जिसकी वहज से इसको कालिमा दरवाजा भी कहते हैं। दरवाजे के अन्दर-बाहर संगेमरमर का फर्श है।
कलिमा दरवाजे से आगे बढ़े तो एक सहन में दाखिल होते हैं जिसकी दायीं ओर शफाखाना और अकबरी मस्जिद की सीढि़यां हैं, सामने बुलन्द दरवाजा है।
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Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Photos
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty occupies a prominent place among the spiritual Healers of the world. Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty popularly know as Khwaja Gharib Nawaz was born in 1142 A.D. in Sanjar (Iran). His paternal genealogy is related to Hazrat lmam Hussain and that of his matemal to Hazrat Imam Hassan (A. S.) and thus he is a direct descendant of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad .
In his temperament as in the circumstance of his life Khwaja Sahib was destined for an extra ordinary career.Into a tottering civilization, fraught with material acquisition, which guaranteed no safety to human life and which conferred no spiritual freedom on human beings he burst forth all the masterful force of his personality, There is a complete blending of greatness and grace, mediation and action precept, practice, indifference of the mystic and idealism of a Saint. He is a SYMBOL OF LOVE, HARMONY AND PEACE.
The sources of this power may be traced to his own exceptional endowments.Throughout his life, he exhibited the noble traits of character so peculiar to the house of Prophet Mohammed to which he belonged.His Shrine in Ajmer sharif is an important religious institution which for centuries has been attracting pilgrims from all over the world, irrespective of caste and creed. It is a symbol of humanity, national and emotional integration in the whole world. He interpreted the true Islamic message of love for mankind and through that the love for the Almighty Allah.
He preached the Message of Islam, the message of the unity of religion and worked out its potentialities for the whole humanity.He laid the foundation of the liberal Chishtya order of sufis in India, and inspired millions of souls to be his followers and thus enlightened the masses of the Indian Sub-continent with the divine knowledge.
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This choti deg was presented at Dargah Sharif by Sultan Noorudin Jhangir in 1013 Hijra and around 80 mounds of rice can be cooked at one time.
Offered by the emperor Jahangir in 1615 A. D. the Deg, kept on the eastern side of the Buland Darwaza is enough to cook about 29 quintals of Tabarruk.
The circumference at the edge of the larger cauldron is 10-1/4 feet.It cooks 70 mounds of rice, while the smaller Deg takes 28 mounds. One of them was presented by Akbar in 1567 A.D. The well-to-do pilgrims Individually make these Degs to be cooked.
The food in the above cauldrons is also cooked on behalf of Devotees who could afford and finance it. One of them was presented by Akbar in 1567 A.D. The well-to-do pilgrims individually make these Degs to be cooked. It s fixed into solid masonry in which a palatable mixture of rice sugar, ghee (butter) and dried fruits are cooked for distribution to the public as tabarruk.
On either side of the second Baland Darwaza in front of Saham Chiragh (courtyard lamp), there are two huge Degs (cauldrons for cooking food) fixed into solid masonry in which a palatable mixture of rice sugar, ghee (butter) and dried fruits is cooked for distribution to the public as tabarruk. The circumference at the edge of the larger cauldron is 10-1/4 feet. It cooks 70 mounds of rice, while the smaller Deg takes 28 mounds. One of them was presented by Akbar in 1567 A.D. The princes or the well-to-do pilgrims order these Degs to be cooked generally during the Urs period
It is located on the left side of Buland Darwaza inside Sahan-e-Chiragh. It was presented by Sultan Nooruddin Jahangir in 1013 Hijra. (1613 A.D.)
2400 kg of food can be cooked in it that approximately amount to 50,000/- Indian Rupees.
Pilgrims to the shrine according to their ability and generosity propose to offer a deg. The smallest amount which can be given for the large deg is 80 maunds of rice, 28 maunds of ghee, 35 of sugar and 15 of almonds and raisins, besides saffron and other spices. The smaller deg exactly half the large one.
Three list of the ingredients cooked in the deg reproduced that the food not always sweet rice. Meat was also used, but out of deference to Non-Mulsims devotees of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty and their vegetarian principles the practice of cooking meat was ended.
The prescribed rental fee for getting food cooked in the small deg is Rs 3572/- and Rs 7390/- for big one, which is to be deposited in Dargah Sharif Office, without which cooking does not take place. Likewise the donar must be represented by a Wakil also called a Khadim, without whose representation cooking does not take place. A portion of the fee (Zar-e-Chaharrum) is paid to the Khadim by the Dargah Sharif.
All these Degs (Cauldrons) are cooked by Zaireen (pilgrims/devotees) who can afford to cook, Bavakalat (through) respective Khadims of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.
If anyone of you has a plan to cook Degh at any time of the year, please let me know in advance, so that I may make the necessary arrangements required, as Degs (Cauldrons) are cooked all the year round. It can be cooked in your personal presence and also in your absence, on your behalf or any sort of Niyaz you want to cook other then Degs (Cauldrons).
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Shahjahan Masjid Ajmer
The mosque was built by Emperor Shahjahan in 1640 A. D. at the cost of about Rs. 240,000 in 14 years of continuous construction work. It represents all remarkable features of Shahjahan’s sense of architectural refinements.
On the south wing of the Mahfil khana stands the Jama Masjid or Shah Jahani Mosque, which is a fine piece of Moghul architecture. All the 99 sacred names of Allah with 33 Quranic verses are beautifully inscribed in the mosque.
The grand white marbled mosque was built by emperor Shahjahan and it is stood in the west of holy Mazar. It is also called as Jamey Shahjahani.It is 97 yards long and 27 yard wide It has a vast court-yard.The Jannati Darwaza of the holy Mazar is just opposite of the arch of the Masjid. Juma prayers are offered with great religious fervour.It has been a routine since the royal periods that guns are fired four times to announce Juma congregations. First, five minutes before Khutba, second at the time of Khutba, third at the time of prayers and last at the end of Juma Namaz.
This Masjid is situated near the Aastana Sharif of Khawaja Garib Nawaz (RA).
On the western side of the Holy Shrine, stands this great and beautiful mosque, this Masjid is a fine piece of Mugal architecture, consist of complete white marble. All the 99 names of Allah and Quranic verses are beautifully inscribed on the Mosque’s walls. This Mosque was built by Mugal emperor Shahjahan.
The Emperor Shah Jahan visited Ajmer five times during his reign (1627-58). The Shah Jahani mosque at the shrine is the chief monument of his devotion to Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. He ordered the mosque to be constructed in fulfillment of a vow made during his Mewar campaign. The result is a building of striking quality, its beauty enhanced by the enclosure, which stretched before the mosque itself. According to the Siyar al-Aqtab, Shah Jahan built “such a splendid mosque that no former ruler has ever built a mosque to rival it anywhere on the face of the earth.”It measures 148 feet in length and 25 feet in width, having in front an enclosure measuring 150 feet by 53 feet. This enclosure, paved with polished marble, is surrounded on the south, north and east of an elegant balustrade having five entrances, one in the south, and one in the north and the remaining three in the east, each reached by a flight of stairs.
The mosque proper is on a plinth, which is again reached by a flight of stairs. Under the roof of the mosque there is an exterior row of eleven arched entrances running parallel to an interior row of the same number, all the twenty-two being identical to one another. The back-wall has five niches in which the fundamental creeds of Islam are inscribed in letters of gold. Over the frieze of the facade there is an inscription in Persian verse.
There is a text of the inscription over the frieze of the facade of Shahjahan’s mosque in the Ajmer Dargah Sharif. The inscription is inlaid with blasé marble occupying 66 horizontal panels; each panel contains a hemistich flanked by various attributes of Allah. The whole runs into 33 verses of high quality. The inscription is in masnawi from and the meter employed is a variation of the mutaqarib. The style of writing is Naksh of a very high order.
The Jannati Darwaza of the holy Mazar is just opposite of the arch of the Masjid. Juma prayers are offered with great religious fervour.It has been a routine since the royal periods that guns are fired four times to announce Juma congregations. First, five minutes before Khutba, second at the time of Khutba, third at the time of prayers and last at the end of Juma Namaz.
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One of the more important places at the Dargah, which was built by Nawab Bashiruddaula of Hyderabad in 1899 A. D. Here Sama’s ceremony is held during the Urs.
This magnificent building for Mehfil and Sama, called Mehfil Khana Grand Auditorium) was built by Nawab Bashir-Ud-Dowla, Sir Asmaan Jahan of Hydrabad Deccan in 1888 A.D. this spacious hall is 46 feet square, with a 14 feet gallery around it. And during first 6 days of Urs Sharif the Mehfil and Sama are held there in which Qawwali starts around 2245 hrs and ends with Fatiha in the early hours of morning.
On the west of the Saham Chiragh stands the magnificent building of Samakhana or Mahfilkhana (auditorium with darbar hall) which was built by Nawab Bashir-ud-Dowla Sir Asmaan Jah of Hyderabad Deccan in 1888-91 A.D. This spacious hall is 46 feet square with a gallery of 14 feet running around it.
It is used for 6 days only during the annual Urs for religious ‘Mahfils’ in which Qawwali is the chief item of programme commencing at 11 P.M. and ending with Fatiha in the early hours of morning at 4 A.M.
Mehfil Khana: The building, positioned in the west of sahan -e-Chiragh was built by Nawab bashiruddaulah on the birth of his son , Nawab Moinuddaulah.The Nawab prayed for a son in Darbar-e-Khawaja .The Almighty blessed him with a son at the age of 80.So he got constructed the building after the birth of his son. Its construction was started in 1306 Hijra and it was completed in 1309 Hijra.It is a aquare shaped building having one of its side of 46ft. During Urs period,”Majlis-e-Sama”are arranged in this building, so it is called Mehfil-Khana (Banquet).
यह इमारत सेहन चिराग से पश्चिम की तरफ है। नवाब बशीरूद्दौला ने अपने फरजन्द रशीद नवाब मुईनुद्दौला की पैदाइश की खुशी में बनवाया था। नवाब ने दरबारे ख्वाजा में बेटे के लिए दुआ मांगी थी। अल्लाह तआला ने उन्हें अस्सी साल की उम्र में बेटा अता फरमाया। इसी खुशी और मन्नत की अदायगी में उन्होंने यह इमारत बनवायी। इसकी तामीर का काम 1306 हिजरी में शुरू हुआ और 1309 हिजरी में यह इमारत बनकर तैयार हुई, जिसकी लम्बर 46 फुट और चैड़ाई भी 46 फुट है, यह इमारत चैकोर है। उर्स शरीफ के दिनों में मज्लिस सिमाअ (कव्वाली) का बन्दोबस्त इसी इमारत में रहता है, इसलिये इसको महफिल खाना कहते हैं।
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Mir Osman Ali Khan, The Nizam of Hyderabad Deccan,erected the main gate of the Dargah Sharif in 1911 A.D.
The main entrance of the Dargah which was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Usman Ali Khan during 1912-15 A, D. This is 70 ft. in height. On it are placed huge drums (Naqqaras) which were offered by Emperor Akbar. This is also the place from where shehnai is played five times a day.
Nizam Gate: There are four entrances to the compound of Dargah Sharif.of them the most prominent and grand is “Nizam Gate”at the site of Dargah Bazar. Its construction was started in 1912 and completed in three years. Since it was constructed by Usmani Ali Khan the former nawab of Hyderabad it is also called Usmani Darwaza. It is 70ft. high and 24ft. wide including the double verandahs. The width of its arch is 16ft. There is a Naqqar khana on the Gate.
दरगाह शरीफ में दाखिल होने के चारों तरफ दरवाजे हैं जिनमें से सबसे ज्यादा ऊंचा और आलीशान दरवाजा दरगाह बाजार की तरफ से उसको निजाम गेट कहते हैं।
यह दरवाजा 1912 ई0 में बनना शुरू हुआ और तामीर का काम तीन साल तक जारी रहा। यह दरवाजा जनाब मीर उस्मान अली खां साबिक नवाज हैदराबाद का बनवाया हुआ है। इसलिए इसको उस्मानी दरवाजा भी कहते हैं। इसकी ऊंचाई सत्तर फुट और चैड़ाई मय दालानों के 24 फुट है, मेहराब की चैड़ाई सोलह फुट है। दरवाजे के ऊपर नक्कारखाना है।