Ajmer Sharif Dargah

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

As I walked the narrow road that leads to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah ,the sights and smell allure the believers to another world .

The alleys are lined up with shops, loaded with flowers, incense sticks, chaadars , holy threads and special knick knacks. One thing noticeable is that about half the shops are owned and run by Hindus and the other half by Muslims.

Besides this , I was also met with multiple other sites of people in need of divine intervention - resting their faith on the Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

Line up of shops leading to Ajmer sharif dargah
Flower shops outside the Ajmer Dargah

Ajmer sharif dargah believers
Believers outside Dargah looking for cure

Crossing the Shahjani and the Buland Darwaza , I was fortunate to be escorted by one of the khadims of Ajmer Sharif Dargah - Haji Syed Salmaan Chishty. Seven families who have hereditary linkages to the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, now take care of rituals inside the Ajmer Sharif Dargah .

The Jhalra is the source of water of the Dargah-e-sharif . Worshippers tie the holy thread around the wall of the Jhalra and offer prayers . There is another water tank inside the Ajmer Sharif Dargah , where visitors are required to wash their hands and feet before entering , a sign of purity & cleansing

Just inside, near the water tank men were carrying water in goat skin and filling up the tank. This is a traditional method of carrying water and quite intriguing. He sits on the marble floor waiting for the level of water to be optimal to start refilling. The goat skin carrier bloated with water.

Inside the Ajmer sharif dargah