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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