Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is some of the prime tourist destinations in the Mumbai, Maharashtra. People of all walks of faith and religions come to visit this place. The serene location of this place of god adds even more divinity to it. When at Haji Ali Dargah one faces the placid Arabian Sea. This mausoleum has a very interesting story behind it.
Historical background of Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah was built in the year 1431 in the reminiscence of an affluent Muslim trader, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. He was highly influenced by the divine and in this process gave up his worldly pleasures. Haji Ali Dargah was built before his visit to Mecca.
Mystical stories and legends related to Haji Ali Dargah
There are several stories which revolve around Haji Ali Dargah. One such story suggests that once Haji Ali while on his way witnessed a woman crying on the road. Then when he went up to her to ask the reason behind her mystery he found out that she had spilled the oil which she was carrying in her vessel. She was afraid that her husband would scold her. Then Haji Ali asked her to take him to the place where she had spilled the oil. To the woman’s surprise Haji Ali prodded the ground and retrieved the oil. Then eventually his health started detoriating and then he decided to take a trip to India and spread the word of Allah.
Haji Ali spread the teachings of Allah and had many followers. After he died he asked his followers to not bury him rather they should drop him in the ocean and bury him when it is found. Miraculously, the casket carrying his body floated back to the shores of the Arabian Sea.
Another popular belief regarding Haji Ali Dargah is that Haji Ali had donated all his wealth for a journey to Mecca and died in between.
Inside Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is beautifully made. When in here one can feel the divinity enveloped around this place. It is built out of glass and in the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The central shrine is housed in a marble courtyard. The tomb is adorned with simple, sober yet beautiful elements like an exquisite silver frame, red and green cloth. The entire structure is supported by ornate columns engraved by mirror work. In addition to this there also exists more mirror work in Arabic style to. There exists different praying rooms for ladies and gents as per Islamic customs.
Architecture of Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is spread across an area of 4, 500 square meters and is 85 feet tall. It is situated on a small island and due to this reason the approach way to this shrine gets submerged during the rainy season.
This structure had undergone renovations two times and the present structure has two floors. They have a main cenotaph of saint Haji Ali.
A Tourist’s Guide
Haji Ali Dargah is open on all days of the week from 6 am to 10 pm. Entry is not ticketed here. One must cover one’s head before entering the Dargah.
This place is well connected by trains. City buses, auto and cabs are easily available for reaching the Dargah. Nearby railway stations include Mahalaxmi Railway Station and Byculla Station. The nearest airport from Haji Ali Dargah is Mumbai Airport. Several hotels are situated near the Dargah which provide comfortable stays to the visitors.
This place has a sense of tranquility to it. The entire structure gets lighted up in the tune of Allah when prayers are offered to him in the form of ‘qawalli’. When in here one must make a point to attend the qawalli session as it’s an experience or a lifetime. The fact that this place permits people of all faiths and religions to freely enter into his premises has led to its popularity nationwide. People when on a trip to Mumbai definitely visit Haji Ali Dargah. The area outside the Dargah is lined with shops selling incense sticks and flowers for offering the almighty. The complete ambience of this place is divine. The very location of Haji Ali and the panoramic view from the Dargah makes one want to mingle with the divinity of the supreme lord. One must visit Haji Ali Dargah when on a trip to the city of Mumbai.