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Haji Ali Religious Place

Haji Ali: The excellent Holy Indo-Islamic architecture


Haji Ali

The Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most striking and exquisite Indo-Islamic architectures, located 500 yards from the cost of Mumbai, peacefully floating in the Arabian Sea. The mosque and the dargah, is situated on a small island which is located off the shore of Worli, Mumbai. Saint Haji Ali Shah Bukhari had built the mosque in 1431. According to the legend, the Saint Haji Ali Shah Bukhari died while pursuing his journey towards Mecca and it is believed that his casket floated back to this spot, thereby, inculcating the sacred reverence for it. A causeway links it with the bustling Lala Lajpat Rai Marg which is near to Worli and Race Course.


The intricate mirror work adorns the tomb which also has 99 different names of Allah embellished on to it. Thousands of pilgrims visit the dargah, especially on thursdays and fridays, when there is devotional singing and qawalli taking place in the sacred space. The dargah is also regarded as the senitel of the shores of Mumbai. Once inside the dargah, the pilgrims fervently kiss the sacred dressing of the tomb, revealing their reverence and dedication to the Almighty.

Following are the main attractions of the Haji Ali Dargah:


Haji Ali Dargah

The Tomb: The tomb of Saint Haji Ali Shah Bukhari is covered by a sacred green and red tomb sheet cover. An exquisite silver frame, supported by marble pillars helps in sustaining it. Yellow, blue and green chips of glass-work embellishes the marbles. There are separate rooms for praying for ladies and men in the mosque. Non-muslims can also visit the dargah and pray for the blessings of the Almighty.


The Mosque: The mosque is made of minarets and white domes, literally reminiscent of the bygone Mughal architecture. Approximately 10-15,000 people visit the mosque on the daily basis. The 65 feet tall minaret is also visible from the Hornby Vellard. Everyday, the Muezzin stands on the top floor of the minaret to call the Muslim brethren for performing their namaaz, five times a day.


Qawwal Khaana: This foyer, located at the south-western corner of the Dargah Complex is known as Qawwal Khaana. The trance producing and reverberating Qawwali music is the medicine for the tired soul and replenishes the pilgrims. The Sabri brothers who are recognised for being famous for singing Qawawali have also performed here.

 

When to Visit: The best time to visit the Haji Ali Dargah is any time in the year. But it is advised not to make plans during the monsoon months, from June to August as the causeway often drowns.

How to Reach:
Saint Haji Ali Shah Bukhari Air: The Mumbai Airport is located at a distance of 16 km from the Haji Ali Dargah.
Rail: The local train connectivity in Mumbai makes it ease to have an access to the Dargah. For example, the Mahalakshmi Station or the Byculla Station are located near to the dargah.
Road: The Dargah is located near to the Worli sea link and falls on the way towards Worli.



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