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Islamic Pilgrimages In Rajasthan

Islam first came to Indai with the Arab, Persian and north African sea traders, and the camel caravans from Turkey and Central Asia, and eventually with the Arab conquest of the Sindh in the 8th century. Though it made little headway at the time, the Koran was found to provide scholarly reading for those so inclined. Rajasthan's Hindu rulers provided permission for the construction of mosques within their territories, even offering grants and protection to those who prayed at thedargahs and masjids. Interaction between the Muslim and Hindu faiths also resulted in the birth of new mystic movement called sufism. The Sufis called for religious tolerance, and created a movement that proved that direct vision of divine thins is possible through the residing deity's grace, and cosmic vibrations.

Dargah Sharif, Ajmer: A Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti was a descendent of Prophet Mohammed, and was offered this land during the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan. He built himself a formidable following, and not only among Muslims. It is said that when he was 114 years old, the saint locked himself into a room to pray. Six days later, when disciples broke open the door, they found his mortal remains. It is for this reason that the annual urs is celebrated here for a period of six days. At the time of this feast, consecrated food is cooked in huge cauldrons, and served by those who serve at the shrine, while standing within it. It is believed that the huge cauldrons were a gift from Emperor Akbar who came to pray at the shrine and pray for the boon of heirs, and was blessed with sons. Ever since, the Mughals have always come to pray at Ajmer. Qawwalis are sung at the shrine in a mesmeric tempo, and people offer chaders at the grave of the venerated saint.

Dargah Sharif, Ajmer

Tarkin ki Dargah, Nagaur: A discipline of Chishti too gained himself a following, and his tomb in Nagaur has become associated with miracle cures among people of all faiths.

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