Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya which is commonly known as the Nizamuddin Dargah is considered to be very sacred and is one of the most visited places by people following Islam.
Location: Nizamuddin West Slum, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi
Timings: 05:00 am to 10:30 pm
Open all days
Nearest Metro Station: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Violet Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Police Station Nizamuddin Bus Stand
Who was Nizamuddin Auliya?
Nizamuddin Dargah is a mausoleum of a famous and world renowned Sufi Saint named Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizamuddin Auliya. Nizamuddin Auliya was born in 1238 at Budaun in Uttar Pradesh. His mother was Bibi Zulekha and father was Ahmad Badayuni. His father died when he was only five, after which he shifted to Delhi with his mother.
At an age of 20, in 1269, he travelled to a place called Ajodhan in the earlier times. Now the place is known as Pakpattan Sharif(now in Pakistan). He visited Ajodhan in search of Fariduddin Ganj-i-Shakar to become a disciple of him. Fariduddin Ganj-i-Shakar was more popular as Baba Farid among his disciples. Nizamuddin Auliya practised in Delhi itself but visited Ajodhan on a regular basis every year at the time of Ramadan. He stayed with his master for the whole month of Ramadan in praying. Till his last breath, Nizamuddin Auliya followed the teachings of his master and died on April 3, 1325.
Who built the Nizamuddin Dargah?
Muhammad Bin Tughlaq of the Tughlaq dynasty, who was a great follower of the Nizamuddin Auliya, constructed the dargah after his master died in 1325. The dargah has been renovated a number of times since then, and the current structure of the dargah was constructed by Faridun Khan in 1562.
The Dargah is situated in Nizamuddin West and there is a local market too in the neighborhood. In the neighborhood, there are other monuments of historical significance that can also be visited – Humayun’s tomb, Chausath Khamba, Sabz Burj etc.
When is the best time to visit the Dargah?
As Nizamuddin Dargah is a sacred place and open all days of the week, Thursday nights are the best time to visit the dargah because of the Qawwali sessions that are held in the mausoleum on thursdays. After the sunset prayers are done, the vocalists along with the harmonium players, percussionists and other background singers sit and create an environment full of spirituality and music. Such musical nights are also conducted on some saturdays.
The Dargah is visited the most at the time of Id festivals and Urs fairs. The fairs are held twice a year on death anniversaries of Nizamuddin Auliya and one of his most favourite disciples Amir Khusro. These fairs are held to pay tribute to both of these great souls.
What is the structure of Nizamuddin Dargah?
The dargah is in square shape with a dome on the top which is covered with vertical black lines made of black marbles. The dargah has marble arches and big courtyards and consists of many windows with mesh shaped designs where a lot of devotees tie red threads with a belief that their wishes will come true. The main shrine is covered with a scented green cloth and the walls of the dargah are covered with Farsi inscriptions.
Other than the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya, the complex also houses tombs of many other significant people of the past including Amir Khusrau, Jahan Ara Begum(daughter of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan), Mirza Ghalib etc.
What to do when you visit Nizamuddin Dargah?
It is mandatory for everyone to remove their shoes and cover their heads while they enter the dargah. It should be remembered that females are not allowed to enter the main shrine, whereas makes can be seen praying inside the main shrine and offering flowers.
There is a local market near the dargah where you can find a lot of things to buy. There are shops that sell incense sticks, chaddars etc. You will also find a lot of shops where you may find delicious things to eat.
If you are looking for a sacred and a peaceful place, this is a must-visit. Not only hundreds of muslims visit the place everyday, but also people following other religions come here.