lundi 12 novembre 2012
Le mausolée de Dargah Sharif. Dargah Sharif shrine.
‘Dargah Sharif’ or ‘Holy Dargah’ is one of the most sacred Muslim shrines in India. Venerated by both Hindus and Muslims, it is the tomb of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a Sufi saint who came from Persia and devoted his life to the service and upliftment of the poor and downtrodden. The Dargah has a massive gate with silver doors built in several stages. Revered by the Mughal rulers, it has touches of Humayun to Shah Jahan in its structural architecture. A silver railing and a marble screen surround the actual tomb of the saint, made of marble with a gold plated dome.Every year Urs is held here for six days in his remembrance. It is said that when he was 114 years old, the saint locked himself in a room for six days to pray and left his mortal body in solitude. Several thousand devotees throng to this place during this time of the year and food is cooked in huge cauldrons and served to the devotees. The surprising part is that the people serve the food while standing inside the scalding hot food in the cauldrons. These cauldrons are said to be offered by Emperor Akbar when the saint blessed him with an heir for the throne.This year 800th Urs at Dargah Sharif is being celebrated. Thanks Shrikant for this interesting cover! Don't forget to have a look at Shrikant's blog : http://philatelynews.com.
Merci Shrikant pour l'envoi de cette superbe enveloppe avec un bloc feuillet indien émis le 27 Mai 2012 qui nous présente le mausolée soufiste de Dargah Sharif situé à Ajmer au Rajasthan. On y trouve le tombeau de Moinuddin Chishti.