Which Sufi Saint Lived in Ajmer?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 5th, 2022

Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti or Moinuddin Chishti was the Sufi saint who lived in Ajmer. The Ajmeri Dargah or Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti Dargah is the holiest place where the saint preached his teachings. The reverence and austerity of Khwaja Moinuddin Dargah's Shaikh, the sponsorship of royal visitors, and the reputation of his spiritual successors all contributed to its appeal. Due to the shrine's location on the commerce route connecting Gujarat and Delhi, it attracted a lot of travellers.

The initial building to hold the tomb was built in the late fifteenth century with funding provided by Malwa's Sultan Ghiyasuddin Khalji. Khwaja Moinuddin's Dargah is first mentioned in texts from the fourteenth century. Muhammad bin Tughlaq was the first Sultan to go to the shrine.

In the sixteenth century, the shrine gained prominence. Up to 1580, Akbar made numerous trips to the Dargah to fulfil pledges and obtain blessings for future conquests.

Which Sufi Saint Lived in Ajmer

At the age of 52, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti received the Khilafat from Sheikh Usman Harawani and then travelled to Medina, Mecca, and the Hajj. Later, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti moved to Ajmer and began preaching there. Soon, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was able to recruit individuals from all over, including the local community, the underclass, peasants, and nobility.

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti even caught the Kings' notice. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's Dargah complex was constructed in an Indo-Islamic style. On top of it is a golden crown presented by Nawab Haider Ali Khan of Rampur, and the dome is decorated with a lotus. Khwaja Garib Nawaz, or the cherisher of the poor, is how Moinuddin Hasan Chishti came to be known.

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  • Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti was a celebrated Sufi saint who settled in the city of Ajmer in the twelfth century. In the 12th century, the city of Ajmer (Rajasthan) was the capital of the Chauhan kings.

  • The Mughal King Humayun built the Ajmer Dargah in honour of the saint Chisti.

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