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  Bazaar en route to Dargah of Khwaja Mu'inuddin Chi
by darthmilmo

I visited Ajmer as a day trip from Pushkar. The main reason for a visit is to see the Dargah of Khwaja Mu'inuddin Chisti. En route, I passed an impressive bazar selling Muslim attires, religious items, and more. This bazar intensified as I walked the last few blocks before the main gate to Dargah of Khwaja Mu'inuddin Chisti Dargah of Khwaja Mu'inuddin Chisti. This is the tomb of Khwaja Mu'inuddin Chisti, a Suffi Muslim saint who brought Islam into India long before the Moghul invasion, which ultimately spread this religion across India. Chisti came to India in peace though and quickly made a point to help the poor ppl in India. He was quite popular as he didn't force Islam to the Hindu. After his death, his followers continued with his work. Many of them began yearly pilgrimages to his tomb, a tradition that was even followed by Moghul Akbar himself. Today, this site is the second holiest place for Muslims, only after Mecca of course. Non-Muslim is not allowed in Mecca though. So I was quite surprised when they allowed me to enter the tomb. The only requirement is for everyone to cover their heads so I went ahead and bought a Muslim hat for a mere 10 INR (talk about a cheap souvenir).

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  • Written Nov 21, 2005
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