Monday, October 9, 2017

1106. Hazrath Khawja Gharib Nawaz.....!

I was wondering what the abbreviation of K.G.N & H.K.G.N is, whenever I saw it written on the transport vehicles. Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (K.G.N) & Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (H.K.G.N) is the eulogy of the Great Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti, who is equally revered by Muslims and Hindus. Thousands of devotees visit the famous Dargah (Tomb) at place called Dargah Shariff situated at Ajmer. Khwaja Gharib Nawaz means Benefactor of the Needy.

When we planned our tour itinerary for Jaipur we did not forget to include Ajmer Shariff. Also we had Puskhar Temple which we had visited, the only temple dedicated to Brahma. We took bath at the Puskhar lake and after paying our obeisance at Brahma Temple, we headed towards Ajmer which is 16 Kms.

Ajmer is very picturesque flanked by the Aravalli mountain range. The Dargah looks massive with a white embodiment of circular dome. Our vehicle was to big for the narrow lanes of the place we had to hire a share auto to find way to dargah of Garib Nawaz. Dargah has a huge gate and just outside the main gate we can find numerous shops selling Chadar, pink Rose flowers, incense sticks to offer at the Dargah.

Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the “Khwaja Saheb” or the living spirit as he is fondly called attracts not only the muslims as the place ought to be but the people of all faiths and religion. We could see people from all faiths and creed here the moment we started walking towards the Dargah.

As we entered the holy place, as the convention goes we had to cover our head with a scarf. When we entered the place, the only thing we had noticed was the tomb covered in its various decorations and the serenity. Inside the Dargah we found attendants helping devotees to offer the Chadar, rose flower and incense. The place was little crowded yet every individual had space for himself. Once outside the Dargah we could see people in small groups listening to qawwali praising the Saint, and also a few of them chanting the holy name using seeds of dates as counting abacus.

It is said that Emperor Akbar and his queens used to pay their obeisance to this great Saint. This Sufi Saint is blessing many since eons.

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