Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the tomb of Moinuddin Chishti is one of the holiest places of worship in India not only for the Muslims but followers of every faith. Being the final resting place of the Gharib Nawaz Moin-ud-din Chishti, it has had an enormous contribution in spreading the ethical and spiritual values of Islam amongst masses. A peculiar kind of fascinating aroma prevails in the shrine throughout time, which inspires the visitors with a spontaneous and irresistible urge towards spirituality, giving the place the aura of the presence of some exalted soul or mighty spiritual king.
Dargah Sharif is undoubtedly the most famous pilgrimage centre in Rajasthan. It is the resting place of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, who was a great Sufi Saint and dedicated his entire life for the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden. The shrine is visited by millions of people every year, as it is considered very sacred by people of all religions. Ajmer Sharif was built by the Mughals, hence justifying the rich Mughal Architecture. The Dargah has various constituents like tombs, courtyards, and Daalaans. The major among these structures are- Nizam Gate, Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Aulia Masjid, Dargah Shrine, Mehfilkhana and about a dozen of other prominent establishments.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Ajmer Sharif is from October to March. It is the time when the famous Urs Fair is organized. The Dargah is adorned spectacularly during this time and hence is a visual treat for the visitors.
Open and Closing Time
Visiting Time: Winters: 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Summers: 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM (closed from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Suggested duration: 2 - 3 hours
Entry Fee:No Entry Fee
Near By Attraction
Hotels available near Ajmer Sharif
Distance between Railway Station Ajmer and Ajmer Sharif Dargah is 1.9 miles or 1.6 nautical miles
Distance between Ajmer Bus Stand and Ajmer Sharif Dargah is 1.9 miles or 1.6 nautical miles
Dargah Sharif or Ajmer Sharif is one of the most sanctified shrines in the country. Located in the heart of Ajmer, this dargah is venerated by both Muslims and Hindus. Here are 10 interesting facts about Ajmer Sharif that will surprise you.
Muhammad Bin Tughluq was the first to visit the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty Ajmeri in 1332.
Jahalra--one of the monuments inside the dargah was once the main source of water during the reign of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty. Even today, water from Jahalra is used for all the rituals performed within the dargah.
Inside the dargah, you’ll find two deghs (pots) that are used for cooking Niaz - a mixture of rice, saffron, nuts, ghee, sugar and dry fruits. The food is cooked at night and distributed to the public as tabarruk (blessing) after the morning prayers. While the small pot cooks 28 mounds (12.7 kg) of rice, the bigger one cooks 70 mounds (31.8 kg) of rice. The circumference of the degh is about 10 feet.
Hrithik Roshan was filmed visiting the Dargah as Emperor Akbar in the Bollywood hit Jodhaa Akbar. Apart from being a popular shooting location, the Dargah is also visited by several Bollywood celebrities every year, who seek blessings of the Sufi saint.
15 minutes before the evening prayers, as a part of the daily ritual, the dargah workers place candles inside lamps and recite Persian verses accompanied by rhythmic drumbeats in the background. After the recital of the verses, lamps are placed in four corners of the tomb and lit. This ritual is known as roshnee (lighting ceremony).