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Nizam-ud-Din Auliya Tomb

Location New Delhi, near Humayun Tomb
How to Reach Take an auto or cab or disembark at Central Secretariat Metro station
Timing Everyday from Morning to late night
Do's and Don't Muslims and Non-Muslims both are expected to wear proper clothes befitting the dignity of the Dargah. Women are not allowed inside the main grave structure.

Nizamuddin Dargah in DelhiNizam-ud-din Auliya tomb is situated in the Nizamuddin village or Nizamuddin basti in the New Delhi region. The tomb is just opposite to famous Humayun Tomb in Delhi. This is the shrine of a famous mystic and Sufi saint of Chisti tradition, Sheikh Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Chisti.

Nizamuddin Auliya was born in the then Oudh and now Uttar Pradesh in the year 1236. He was the disciple, or Mureed as it is called in Sufism, of Sheikh Farid. Sheikh Farid was another pioneer of the Chisti Sufi tradition in India. Later Baba Farid anointed Nizamuddin his successor and head of the Chisti sect in India. Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya is said to be the direct descendent of Khwaza Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer. Auliya had a large following in India that included the likes of Aladdin Khilji, Mohammed bin Tughlaq and the great poet Amir Khusrau. In the later period the royal convoy of the Mughal Emperors Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, and Shah Jahan always halted at Nizamuddin' s shrine to pay homage. The revered saint was popular among people of all faiths because of his doctrine of renunciation and tolerance towards other religions.

This place has now turned into a popular pilgrimage site in the North India. Hazrat Nizamuddin' s tomb, which is seen today, is not the original tomb. A nobleman in the court of Tughlaq built the present tomb in the 15th century. It was repaired time to time by various emperors. The Lodhis built the mosque and many other tombs of famous people surround the Dargah. The complex has a marble-paved courtyard where the sacred shrine of the saint can be seen in the middle. In front of his Dargah are the tomb of Amir Khusrau, his disciple and a great patron of music. Mogul emperor Shah Jahan later modified the structure and built the majestic pavilion with its marble arches and lattice screens. The roof has a dome built by Emperor Akbar II that is ornamented by vertical stripes of black marble with lotus cresting. Devotees offer their prayers at the shrine by showering Rose petals and lighting incense sticks. Annual fair is organized on the occasion of his anniversary that is called Urs. This fair is worth visiting so is the Qauwwali that takes place in the campus every Thursday evening.


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