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Dargah Qutub Sahib Delhi

Masjid in Delhi - Friday, October 29, 2010 8:36:19 AM

Dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, popularly known as Qutb Sahib located near Gandak ki Baoli in the Mehrauli village, about 400 meters from Adham Khan's tomb. Qutub Sahib came to Delhi, after wandering through Khurasan and Baghdad. Once here he became attached to Khwaja Moinudin Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of the Sufis and when the later died, he succeeded to head the movement. He lived for the duration of the reign of Iltutmish and died in 1236. His grave is originally plain and earthen, but now enclosed within marble balustrades and surmounted by a dome resting on pillars, completed as late as 1944, is the main shrine in the dargah to make it memorable one. It lies in the middle of a rectangular enclosure, which has been overstated by different rulers of Delhi, the most pleasing part being the western wall containing floral multi-coloured tiles, said to have been fixed by Aurangzeb.

Tourists find many other structures like the assembly house, robe chamber, mosque, drum house tanks and several imposing gates. The northern gate of the Dargah bears an inscription that declares that Shaikh Khalil, a descendent of saint Faridu'd-Din Shakarganj, the successor of Qutb Sahib built it in 1542. Close to the Dargah's Ajmeri Gate, to its left, is Moti Masjid. Aurangzeb's son, Bahadur Shah I, built it in 1709. With three arched openings and double minars, the mosque is an imitation of Aurangzeb's Moti Masjid at Red Fort.
The Qutb Sahib Dargah is considered to be a very sacred place by pilgrims of different religions. It is said that if a pilgrim who truly believes in the saint, makes a wish and ties a thread near the grave, his wishes will be fulfilled. After the fulfillment of the wish, the pilgrim should return to thank the thread and untie the thread. One can see many colorful threads tied in the marble screens.

Special Attraction: The best time to visit the dargah is during the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. However, Fridays and Thursdays are also good days to visit and experience the qawwalis and celebration in the dargah.

Location: Located near Gandak ki Baoli in the Mehrauli village, about 400 meters from Adham Khan's tomb.

Time to Visit: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset.

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in south Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

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