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Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Exploring Your Inner Peace

The vibrant atmosphere of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah reaches its pinnacle every Thursday evening as qawwals recite their compositions and offer you a medium to connect with the almighty God. The Dargah which hold special significance for the Muslim community is equally revered by people of other faiths, be they Hindus or Christians.

Nizamuddin Auliya, one of the world’s most famous Sufi saints lies in peace at Nizamuddin Dargah, a religious shrine that attracts people from all religions. Muslims in large number visit the Dargah which is equally revered by Hindus, Christians and people of all faiths. The Dargah is located in Nizamuddin West area of New Delhi and is primarily dedicated to Nizamuddin Auliya who lived from 1238-1325 CE. Nizamuddin Dargah complex is also home to tombs of poet Amir Khusro and Jehan Ara Begum, a famous Mughal princess. The Dargah complex besides having religious relevance is also important from heritage aspect too as the area includes Mirza Ghalib’s tomb, Chausath Khamba and Sabz Burj. The place where the Dargah is located is not the spot which Nizamuddin Auliya chose for his khaneqah or monastery. The Dargah complex was originally built by Muhammad Tuglaq and was later re built by Faridu’n Khan in 1562-63.

Architecture of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

  • The Dargah is popular for its lattice screens or jalis, courtyards and marble arches.
  • Red threads tied to these jalis give a distinct impression of the Dargah and make it unique in the real sense.
  • The jali design was originally in red sandstone, however with coats of paint done over the years, it has lost its original shine.
  • A heavy wooden door leads to Hujra-e-Qadeem, an ancient room that was constructed in early thirteenth century.
  • A calligraphed poem in honour of Nizamuddin Auliya inscribed on a wall by Urdu poet Allama Iqbal is a special attraction for the devotees.
  • The western side of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah has a high sandstone wall that leads to Jamaat-Khana (prayer hall) reportedly build by Feroz Shah Tuqhlaq.
  • The Dargah is a square chamber which is surrounded by verandhas much of which is covered by arched openings.
  • The roof is covered by a dome which converges into an octagonal drum. Vertical strips of black marble add a distinct touch to the dome and make it a virtual treat for anyone who visits the place.
  • The western edge of Dargah complex is home to Jama ‘atKhana-Masjid. This Masjid consists of three bays with each of these being surmounted by a low dome.
  • The northern gate of Dargah is home to a large baoli which is considered to be sacred by followers of the saint.
  • A marble pavilion by the name of Chausath Khamba is another unique attraction within the Dargah complex. Earlier build as a hall, the same was later converted into a tomb.

Where to Eat

There are no eateries within the Dargah complex. However, the lane leading to Dargah complex has numerous local eateries and restaurants which serve the choicest cuisine. Mostly non vegetarian food is served at these eateries and restaurants.

Useful Tips for Tourists

If travelling by Delhi Metro, the nearest station to alight is JLN Metro Station. The Dargah is open all days of the week for visitors. However, the best time to visit the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is from 6 pm to 7: 30 pm. Females are not allowed to enter the main shrine and one need to remove the shoes and cover their head before entering the shrine. If you wish to attend the qawwali session in the Dargah, the same is held on every Thursday by 7:00 pm in the evening.

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