March 15, 2016

Dargah Qutb Sahib - Delhi

Site Name: Dargah Qutb Sahib
Site Type: Dargah
Location:  Mehrauli area, Delhi, India
Highlights: One of the oldest Dargah in India

Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

Do you know Amir Khusrow, the famous Sufi poet and musician? If yes, you would have heard about Nizamuddin Auliya, his spiritual master. Nizamuddin's spiritual leader was Fariduddin Ganjshakar. Fariduddin's spiritual master was Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki. In this article, we are going to discuss about his dargah located in Delhi, the capital city of India, which is famous for monuments. 

History

Khwaja Qutbud-Din Bakhtyar Kaki, popularly known as Qutb-Sahib, was a Muslim Sufi saint and scholar of the Chishti order from Delhi. He played a major role to spread Chishti order to Delhi, which was confined only to Ajmer and Nagaur till his period. He was born in Persia in 1173 CE. He came to India with the earliest Muslim conquerors. He lived during the reign of Ilttumish of Slave dynasty and died in 1236 CE. 

Dargah Qutb Sahib

Dargah Qutb Sahib is located in a congested lane in Mehrauli area in Delhi. Khwaja Kaki's grave is the main shrine in the dargah. It lies in the middle of a vibrantly colored and pillared rectangular enclosure. The enclosure has a beautiful dome on top. The enclosure carries the works from the different dynasties of Muslim rulers.

In this Dargah, there are so many tombs found across the entire complex. Some tombs belong to popular personalities including the later Mughal rulers such as Akbar II, Bahadur Shah I and Alam II. 

The huge dargah has many parts. There are several gates and halls for different purposes such as Naubat Khana (drum house), Majlis Khana (assembly house) and Tosh Khana (robe chamber). A step well, few mosques and tanks are also found either within the dargah complex or around the complex. 

There is also a tomb of a female follower of Khwaja located within this dargah where the males are not allowed to enter. 

The dargah is one of the oldest dargah not only in Delhi but in entire India.

The famous Phool Walon Ki Sair annual festival is celebrated in this Dargah.

Happy travelling. 

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