Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dargah Of Sheikh Salim Chisti

To the North of the Mosque is the Dargah of Shaikh Salim Chishti. This Dargah was built in 1570. Here, childless women come for blessings of the saint. Even Akbar was blessed with three sons, when he came here. The lattice work in the Dargah is among the finest to be found any where in India.

Sheikh Salim Chishti's Prediction of an Heir: The prosperity and development during Emperor Akbar's reign is still remembered with gratitude. But despite such progress the absence of an heir grieved the Emperor beyond the limit. Thus he commenced the pilgrimage to the Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti in order to seek his blessings. According to the prophesy of the saint, Emperor Akbar was to be blessed with three sons in the near future. And the following year the Emperor son was born named after the saint as Salim. This joyous moment was later, in 1571, transformed into a mosque built for the Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti. Post the saint's demise in 1572 a tomb was built for him within the mosque complex.

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