Religious Destination Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan India
Ajmer Sharif is a very popular religious tourism destination of India. The followers, predominantly Muslims come from all over India and the world to pay their respect and homage in the Dargah to Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Located in historical state of Rajasthan, there are many temples and sightseeing opportunities in regards to religious excursions connected to Ajmer’s rich history.
Garib Nawaz– Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (1142- 1236) was called Garib Nawaz also. He was an Imam and a Islamic Scholar born somewhere between Iran and Afghanistan and was thought to be a descendant of Hazrat Mohammad. He came to India following a dream he had when Mohammad blessed him and told him to go to India. In India he gave the message of brotherhood between all religions. His message to all about God, human brotherhood & harmony and peace made him the greatest Sufi saint.
How to reach
Air- There is no airport in Ajmer, the airport is 135 km away at Sanganer airport Jaipur wherein Domestic and International flights are available. Another airport at Kishangarh is being constructed which is likely to be operational soon.
Train– The trains are connected from all parts of India to Ajmer.
Road– Buses available from all major cities of India to Ajmer Sharif. From Delhi, Rajasthan state government buses and Volvo bus service is available every day.
There is a strong belief for the one who visit Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti that whoever comes to Ajmer Sharif with faith and belief gets all kinds of burdens off the mind. His sacred grave here is most visited shrine for the Muslims and of other religions.
Shrine– When you will reach the shrine the first entrance gate is Nizam Gate, beyond it a Shahjahani Gate installed by Mughal emperor Shahjahan. Further ahead a huge Buland Darwaza can be sighted. The dome of Dargah is made of marble and the platform is made of silver. There is another mosque inside the courtyard that was built by Shah Jahan. Ajmer Dargah was built by Akbar the great Mughal. It is said that Akbar used to visit this Dargah every year from his capital Agra. It’s also called Mecca of South Asia by many.
The Urs of Gharib Nawaz is a big occasion that falls in 6th and 7th of 7th month of Islamic calendar.
Brahma mandir- Dedicated to Hindu God the creator-Brahma, this Pushkar temple was constructed in the 14th century. It is 15 km away from Ajmer Railway station. Temple has a beautifully carved silver turtle that has been installed on a marble floor embedded with silver coins donated by devotees. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses a four-faced idol of Brahma, with his wife, Gayatri.
Other Temples in Pushkar– In Pushkar one can see several other temples such as Varah temple that is dedicated to Vishnu. The Aptaeshvar temple is located below the ground, a Shiva temple which houses a Lingam. Then a Savitri temple on hilltop offers vivid view of the area.
Jain Temple or Nasiyan Temple– Built in 1865 is located at Prithvi Raj Marg in Ajmer. At a distance of 1 km from Ajmer Railway station its also known as Lal Mandir (Red Temple). Dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first Jain ‘Tirthankara’, the temple is a two-storied structure. Divided into two parts, the temple belongs to the Digamber sect.
Besides, the town has many more sightseeing options such as Akbar Palace and Museum, forts, lakes and old shops selling handicrafts.