"Sheik Salim Chisti's dargah" Agra Things to Do Tip by mallyak

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The tomb of Sheik Salim Chishti is at the far side of the courtyard and, in contrast to the numerous other tombs in this area, is covered in intricately carved striking white marble. Sheik Salim prophesised the birth of Akbars son, emporer Jahangir and the city was built in honour of the Sheik. The marble screen around the tomb is adorned with pieces of string left by women who come to pray for the birth of a son. Behind this building can be found the less prepossessing tombs of nobles and 'Royal Ladies'. All constructed out of many-hued sandstone, some are set into the flagstones of the courtyard in the shaded by trees while others are under the covered walkway. A number of those under the walkway are surrounded by beautifully carved lattice-work screens and have carved inscriptions along the base.

The Jami Masjid is the principal centre of worship for the predominantly Muslim villagers, and when we visited, a colourful procession accompanied by drummers entered the courtyard. It turned out to be a newly married couple with their respective families who had come to be blessed in the mosque. It is also possible to enter the mosque from an entrance on the east side of the building, but frankly, the views from the top of the steps at the main gate are so inspiring that you find yourself automatically ignoring the touts

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2007
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