Ajmer Dargah or Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty Dargah is one of the most visited places in Rajasthan. People come from all over the world to pray and have their prayers answered.
It is located at the Taragarh Hill. The holy place has three gates- the main gate was doanted by the Nizam of Hyderabad, the Shah Jahan gate by the Mughal Emperor and the Buland Darwaza. This shrine offers the devotees sacred and delicious food.
Ajmer is 138 kms from Jaipur, 392 kms from Delhi has excellent connectivity by road or by rail. The Dargah is just 2kms away from the Ajmer Railway Station.
Since no cameras were allowed inside the Dargah I was able to capture the magnificent place with my phone Sony M4 Aqua.
This was my second visit to Ajmer (last visited in 1995). I had a film camera back then.
As you enter, there is a place where you can tie holy threads and make a wish.
It is important to purify oneself by washing the hands and feet before you enter the shrine.
Rose garlands and petals in baskets are available for sale to offer to the tomb of the Khwaja.
The entry to the shrine.
A lot of people come to the place to share their problems and get solutions. Many form a troupe and sing hymns in the praise of Khwaja.
There are separate spaces for men and women. Each part has a small library from where people can take a book, read it and put it back to its place.
As in all Dargahs, it is mandatory to cover the head to enter the place of worship.
It is a custom to donate grains equivalent to the weight of a child especially during the birthdays.
I spent some time walking around and then left for Dhai Din ka Jhopra, an architecture marvel believed to be done two and a half days.
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