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Friday, February 29, 2008

Monuments In Dargah


On the west of the Saham Chiragh stands the magnificent building of Samakhana or Mahfilkhana (auditorium with darbar hall) which was built by Nawab Bashir-ud-Dowla Sir Asmaan Jah of Hyderabad Deccan in 1888-91 A.D. This spacious hall is 46 feet square with a gallery of 14 feet running around it.
It is used for 6 days only during the annual Urs for religious ‘Mahfils’ in which Qawwali is the chief item of programme commencing at 11 P.M. and ending with Fatiha (a relifious ceremony) in the early hours of morning at 4 A.M.

Monoments In Dargah

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Monuments In Dargah

Begami Daalaan

Overhanging the principal eastern to the Shrine or Mausoleum, there is a handsome porch known as Begami Daalaan which was built in 1643 AD by Princess Jahan Ara Begam, the favorite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan.
The walls and the beautiful marble pillars of the Begami Daalaan were done in colorful gold in 1888 AD. Later on, the ceiling of this Daalaan was also embellished in gold with the money donated by a Muslim merchant of Bombay. This beautiful portico was used by the Begams or ladies of the Moghul harem during their frequent visits to the shrine.
There are two simultaneous entrances to the Shrine through the Begami Daalaan. The doors of both of them are mounted with heavy silverplate carved in ornamental details. The tomb is of white marble inlaid with pieces of precious stones and is daily bestrewed with sandal-paste and Itars (perfumes). It is always covered with very costly ‘ghilaafs’ (coverings made of velvet and silk) embroidered with pleasing gold and silver tracings.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Monuments In Dargah

Sandali Masjid

This Mosque was built by the Empror Aurenzeb the elder son of Shah Jahan who build the Taj Mahal.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Monuments In Dargah

Mazar Of Bibi Hafiz Jamal

The Mazar of Bibi Hafiz Jamal, daughter of Khawaja Sahib, is situated to the south of the Shrine. There is a small dome with a kalas on top of it. The doors of this tomb are plated with silver.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Monuments In Dargah

Aulia Masjid

The place where Khawaja Sahib stayed for a few days, when he came to Ajmer for the first time, has now been turned into a mosque called Aulia Masjid. It is made of white marble. Devotees use it only for recitation of Holy Quran and thanks giving prayers.

Monuments In Dargah

Arcot Dalan

This small hall on the southern side of the Shrine was erected by Nawab Muhammad Ali of Arcot around 1800 for the comfort of the devotees. It is also used for the death rituals by Khadims.

Monuments In Dargah

Baba Farid Ka Chilla

Is situated between Jama Masjid and Sandali Masjid in the premises of Hazrat khwaja Muinuddin's Dargah at Ajmer. Along the left-hand wall, in the background of the Sandali Masjid there is a small gate which leads down to the under-ground cell in which Hazrat Baba Farid remained in a chilla (secluded prayers) for 40 days in spiritual communion with the Holy Saint of Ajmer.
This gate is opened for public Ziarat (visit) on the night of the 5th of Moharram (the date of Baba farid's death) every year when thousands of pilgrims visit the place from all over India to seek his spiritual benediction.

Monuments In Dargah

Jama Masjid
On the south wing of the Mahfil khana stands the Jama Masjid or Shah Jahani Mosque, which is a fine piece of Moghul architecture. All the 99 sacred names of Allah with 33 Quranic verses are beautifully inscribed in the mosque.

Monuments In Dargah

A King Of The Day
This man was a water man who use to supply water in the Goat skin. He was filling water in his water bags suddenly he saw a man is drowning in River Jamuna. He just throw him self and saved that man. That man was Mughal Empror Humayun Father of Akbar the great. He was drowning during his war with Sher shah Suri.
After winning the battle he called that water man (Nizam Sikka) and asked what reward he wants for saving a life of king. The Water man asked that he wants the throne of india for one day, He wants to rule India for One day. King allowed to give him a throne for one day. He ruled on India for One day, His name was Nizam Sikka. This is the tomb of Nizam Sikka.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Monuments In Dargah

Jannati Darwaza

This gate too is situated on the western side of the Shrine adjacent to the tomb of Gaiti Ara. The doors of the gateare covered with silver metal. It is opened only four times during the year, viz twice on ids (for one day) during the annual Urs (for six days) and on the 6th of Shawwal, the Urs of Khawaja Saheb's Pir.

Monuments In Dargah

Bibi Saheba

This tomb is of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty’S R.A. Wife.

Monuments In Dargah

Victoria Tank (Hauz)

In memory of Queen Mary's visit to the Shrine, the roof of the tank was constructed by the British Government for the convenience of the worshippers.

Monuments In Dargah

Akbari Masjid

This Mosque was build by Mughal Emperor Akbar the great. Who came to Ajmer from Agra to ask for a son to Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty R.A. When he got son he build this Mosque.

Monuments In Dargah

Langar Khana

Langar Khana is a free public kitchen where about 5 mounds of barley meal is cooked twice a day and distributed to the poor without any discrimination.

Monuments In Dargah

It was the main sourse of water during the time of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty R.A. Till today this natural water has been used in daily use of Dargah Premise.

The Essence Of Khwaja's Sayings

The true friend of Allah is one who has these three qualities:
1. A friend of God must have affection like the sun. When the sun rises, it is beneficial to all. All persons derive heat and light from it irrespective of whether they are Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, etc.
2. A friend of God must be generous like an ocean or a river. We all get water from the river or sea to quench our thirst. No discrimination is made whether we are good or bad or whether we are a relation or a stranger.
3. A friend of God is one who has the quality of hospitality like the earth. We are raised and cradled in its lap, and it is always spread below our feet.

The noblest of characters is possessed by one who is:
1. Bountiful in poverty.
2. Content in hunger.
3. Cheerful in grief.
4. Friendly in hostility.

The surest way to ward off the eternal punishment of hell is:
1. To feed the hungry.
2. To redress the aggrieved.
3. To help the distressed.

Inside Of Nasiyan Temple

Inside Of An Air Tight Hall

Golden Tableau

Cosmos According To Jains

Nasiyan Jain Temple

Tour the Nasiyan Jain temple located on the Prithvi Raj Marg in Ajmer in Rajasthan, India. Also known as the Red Temple, Nasiyan Jain Temple mesmerizes you with its historic appeal. Dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara Rishabdeoji, the Nasiyan Jain Temple also has a museum of considerable size that displays objects related to Jain beliefs and mythology. Enjoy the delightfully sculpted motifs that adorn the walls of this Digambar Jain temple in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. Constructed in 1865, the main chamber of the Nasiyan Jain Temple consists of a splendid 2-storied hall adorned with wood carved sculptures that depict the Jain concept of the world and worldly affairs. The first floor of the Nasiyan Jain Temple is known as the 'Swarna Nagri' and displays gold plated replicas of almost all the Jain temples in India. Be enchanted with the little silver balls that are suspended from the ceiling in the inner sanctum of the Red Temple in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India.
The interiors of the Digambar Jain Temple or the Nasiyan Jain Temple are decorated with gold, silver, precious stones and semi-precious gems. The wooden gilt decorations and delicate paintings that adorn the main hall of the temple display scenes from episodes in Jain mythology and preach Jain beliefs regarding life and the world.

Brahma Temple

On the banks of Pushkar near Ajmer stands the only Brahma Temple of the country. The temple is regarded sacred among the Hindus. Lord Brahma is considered one of the trinity- the three prime gods who undertake to create, preserve and destroy completing the cycle of the Universe. It is believed to have been constructed in the 14th century.
Many legends are associated with the lake and the temple. It is believed that Lord Brahma had slain the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower. When the petals of the blossom hit the ground, the sacred Lake Pushkar sprang up. Thus on the banks of the lake a temple to Brahma was built. Another religious tale says that Brahma had descended here to perform a sacrifice (yagna) and had left his wife Saraswati back in the heavens. Since it could only be performed if accompanied by his wife, Brahma married a local lad called Gayatri. Saraswati flew into a rage and cursed her husband when she came to know of the incident. It is because of that curse that Brahma is not worshipped anywhere as the main deity except at Pushkar. The idol is a life sized one of the four armed God.
The marble steps leading to the inner premises of the temple, the elaborately carved swans and the silver inlaid marble archways enthrall the spectators. The floor is embellished with silver coins bearing the donors names and the red spire towers atop the temple honoring its fame. A silver turtle welcomes the devotee into the inner sanctum and the presence of the divine is felt at every nook of the temple. A number of beautifully carved peacocks have been sculpted to enhance the aesthetic appeal of this holy shrine. The Kartik Purnima is the most important festival celebrated at the Brahma Temple Ajmer.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Rangji Temple

The gracious temple is very conspicuous, due to its south Indian style of architecture. It has a high rising Gopuram typical of southern India

Old Rangji Temple

Lord Rangji is an carnation in of lord Vishnu. This temple was built in 1823 by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal of Hyderabad.This temple is unique due to confluence of South Indian style (Dravid) Rajput and Mughal style of architecture.

Savitri Temple

The temple of Lord Brahma's first wife. It is located on the hill behind the Brahma temple and one has to climb a long series of steps to reach the shrine. It commands a panoramic view of the beautiful lake and the picturesque surrounding of the villages.

Saraswati Temple

Saraswati is the wife of Brahma. Literally her name means 'the flowing one' .In the Rig Veda she represents a river deity and is connected with fertility and purification. She is considered the personification of all knowledge - arts, sciences, crafts and skills. She is the goddess of the creative impulse, the source of music, beauty and eloquence. Artists, writers and other individuals involved in creative endeavors have for millennia come on pilgrimage to Pushkar to request the inspiration of Brahma and Saraswati. According to a theory,the shrine myths are often metaphorical expressions of the particular power of a pilgrimage place, the lake, hill and area of Pushkar have a spirit or presence that awakens and stimulates the human capacity of creativity.

Pillared Gallery Of Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra

Tour the stunning Adhai Din ka Jhonpra on your tours to Ajmer tourist attractions with Indian Horizons. This spectacular piece of architecture gets its name from the fact that it was constructed within a period of 2 and a half days. Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra exhibits an exquisite blend of Indo-Islamic architectural styles. Interestingly enough the main edifice of this mosque was a center of Sanskrit education in the olden days and the pillars of the mosque that were reassembled with architectural finesse to construct this grand mosque were taken from destroyed Hindu and Jain temples in the area. Tour the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra with Indian Horizons and read Koranic versus chiseled on the 7-arched wall inside the mosque. The Mosque was designed in a hurry by a Persian architect, Abu Bakr who did a remarkable job of creating this beautiful mosque.
The main pillared hall and yellow limestone arches on the fa├žade of the main entrance create quite an impact. There is a beautiful tower inside the mosque that is used by the Muezzin to chant prayers.The stone walls of the main prayer hall are chiseled into a net like appearance with carved rectangular panels on them. The idea was to create a natural lighting effect that was common in the mosques of Persia.
Though the walls of Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra are adorned with phrases and quotes from the holy Koran, there is a tiny Sanskrit inscription right on top of the main gate that reminds you of the actual origin of this historic monument constructed by Mohammed Ghori in 1198 A. D.

Miran Saheb Ki Dargah At Taragarh

The Imperial Taragarh Fort

Tour the imperial Taragarh Fort and explore the regal secrets of this remarkable structure in stone located atop the Nagpahari hill in Ajmer with Indian Horizons. Constructed in 1354 A.D., the Taragarh Fort in Ajmer is a spectacular illustration of Rajasthani architecture. Six imposing gates and a thick crenellated wall guard the entrance to this erstwhile Chauhan bastion. You are welcome to explore the royal secrets of Taragarh though a section of this massive structure is not open for public viewing. See the awe-inspiring Bhim Burj i.e. a massive battlement on which rests a large canon and admire the huge stone water reservoirs built within the fort. The main gateway that leads you to the fort is decorated with stone sculptures of elephants. Pay homage at Miran Saheb ki Dargah that is located within the fort walls. This mausoleum is dedicated to Miran Saheb, a brave warrior who sacrificed his life defending Taragarh in an enemy invasion. Taragarh Fort was an important center of military activity during the Mughal domination in Ajmer. Later during the British occupation of Ajmer, Taragarh was used as a sanatorium.
Enjoy a spectacular view of the city below from the Taragarh Fort and drink in beautiful vistas of Ajmer steeped in the warmth of the last rays of the setting sun. Also tour the interesting Dudha Mahal located at a little distance from the Taragarh Fort.

Taragarh Forts's Swimming Pool

Taragarh Fort

Monday, February 18, 2008

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