Which Sufi Saint Lived in Ajmer?

By Balaji

Updated on: February 17th, 2023

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti or Moinuddin Chishti was a Sufi saint that lived in Ajmer. Ajmeri Dargah of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti Dargah is the holiest place where the saint preached his teachings. The reverence and penance of the sheik of Khwaja Moinuddin Dargah, the sponsorship of royal visitors, and the prestige of his spiritual successors contributed to its appeal. Due to the location of the temple on the trade route connecting Gujarat and Delhi, it attracted many travelers.

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Sufi Saint that Lived in Ajmer

The initial building to house the tomb was built in the late fifteenth century with funds provided by Sultan Ghiyasuddin Khilji of Malwa. The dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin is first mentioned in the texts of the fourteenth century. Muhammad bin Tughlaq was the first Sultan to visit the Dargah.

  • In the sixteenth century, the temple gained prominence. By 1580, Akbar made several visits to the dargah to fulfill the vows and seek blessings for future conquests.
  • At the age of 52, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti received the caliphate from Sheikh Usman Harwani and then travelled to Medina, Mecca, and Hajj.
  • Later Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti moved to Ajmer and started preaching there.
  • Soon, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was able to recruit individuals from all walks of life, including the local community, the lower classes, farmers and nobles.
  • Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti also caught the attention of the Kings.
  • The Dargah complex of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was constructed in the Indo-Islamic style.
  • Above it is a golden crown presented by Hyder Ali Khan, the Nawab of Rampur, and the dome is decorated with a lotus.
  • Khwaja Garib Nawaz, or the nurturer of the poor, came to be known as Moinuddin Hasan Chishti.

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