Shrine of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti
The Dargah of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti is one of the important Muslim pilgrimages in Ajmer. It is situated at the midst of the Ajmer city and made on a foot hill. It is the tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192. He died in year 1236. His tomb later became an important pilgrimage site. It got significance during the regime of Mughals as many emperors added to the building. It is said that Mughal Emperor Akbar used to visit the shrine every year from Agra.
There are two large iron degs or cauldrons at the entrance of the courtyard one of them was donated by Akbar in 1567 and other by Jahangir in 1631. It is used offering for the poor people. In the past it introduces skilled professionals wearing protective clothe who would dive into the hot cauldrons in order to distribute food.
Pilgrims from around the world visit the shrine every year. On the seventh month of the year according to the lunar calendar the death anniversary of the saint is celebrated which runs for around six days. Large gathering and crowd could be observed during the anniversary.
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is an exquisite piece of marvelous architecture high domes, pillars and beautiful arched screen which are mainly built from pieces of Jain and Hindu temples. Unlike the shrine of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti it is situated at the outskirts of the city. It is considered that it was constructed in year 1153 and it took two and a half day to complete. There is another fact which says that it was named after a festival that last for two and a half day. Earlier it was built as a Sanskrit college and later in 1198 Mohammed Gauri captured Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque. He covered it with seven arched walls and added Islamic calligraphy in the building. These ancient remains thus became famous as Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra. Visitors and specifically history and heritage lovers come to the place.
Pushkar Temples & Ghats
Pushkar is near Ajmer only at a distance of 30 minutes drive from the city. Pushkar is a famous pilgrimage for Hindus. The holy lake in Pushkar known as Pushkar Lake is considered the most spiritual lake after the Ganges River. The place boasts hundreds of temples and some are very ancient. There is a unique and the only Brahma temple in Pushkar. It is said that the Brahma, the creator of the universe, temple is very rare in India. There is an ancient spiritual story behind making of the Brahma temple.
Another point of attraction of Pushkar is Pushkar fair which is organized in the month of October or November, according to the Hindu calendar. In fair thousands of people gather at the bank of holy Pushkar Lake with their livestock for buying and selling. Hundreds of stalls are established to grab attention of women. In the fair many tourists visit Pushkar from all the corners of the world.
On visit to Pushkar other than the festival time you could also enjoy the sun set from this place.
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