Nizamuddin Dargah, the origins of Indian Sufism

Nizamuddin Dargah, the origins of Indian Sufism

A ‘dargah' is a Sufi shrine housing the tomb of a figure revered for his piety. Here lies a key figure of Indian Sufism: Master Nizamuddin Auliya.

Sufism is an ascetic and mystical current of Islam. It is considered by most devotees to be the antidote to stereotyped Islam. Everyday, thousands of Muslims, Hindus, and Christians visit this mausoleum, which houses the master of Indian Sufism, Nizamuddin Auliya.

In this complex also lay the famous poet Amir Khusro and the eldest daughter of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Jahan Ara Begum. In the 17th century, the princess created the famous Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi, and a few public gardens. Near the mausoleum is a small mosque and, all around, you can wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets filled with stalls selling religious items.

Every Thursday and Sunday during Qawwalis, the sanctuary is adorned with lights and resonates with sounds of music, prayers and songs; the marble courtyard of the immaculate "dargah" becomes a sublime setting, worthy of the best Bollywood movies.

Nizamuddin Dargah‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Mathura Rd
Old Nizamuddin Bazaar
New Delhi
Delhi 110013

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