Photo Essay – Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty, Ajmer Sharif
The holy land of sufis.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The final days of 2011 have ended on a happy note. The Delhi Walla was in the sufi pilgrim town of Ajmer. 400km west of Delhi, it is home to the shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty, a 13th century saint.
Popularly called Gharib Nawaz, the benefactor of the poor, Khawaja-ji established the Chishti order of Sufism in the Indian subcontinent.
The next successor of the spiritual order was Khawaja-ji’s disciple Hazrat Bakhtiyar Kaki, whose shrine is in Mehrauli, south Delhi.
Hazrat Kaki was succeeded by his pupil Baba Farid. His shrine is in Pakpattan, Pakistan.
Baba Farid gave way to his follower Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. His shrine is in Delhi.
Wishing you a good 2012, I leave you with images taken in the land of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty.
Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty
Mashallah ,have a blessed and a very happy new year ahead dear brother Mayank . Take care and always be blessed .
Peace ,Dua’s and Blessings from Ajmer Sharif
Many thanks for these photos. They give an immediate sense of the atmosphere of the holy place. Blessings, Azimat – Panama City Beach, Florida, USA
subhanallah, May Khwaja bless us all
Ya Gharib Nawaz
May the blessings Khawaja-ji bless us!
Lovely photographs – thanks for sharing your blessings of Ajmer Dargah with us. Hug.
I was specially touched by the pic of the hopeful woman who had placed her head against the railing. Amazing how people continue to believe in superstition in the 21st century. Though superstition and religious belief is known to provide PLACEBO impact of healing but religious belief also causes permanent brain damage to Hippocompus area. Religion, opium of masses, has a hallow halo.
No evidence of existence of god or otherwise. even if one such entity exists, it certainly isnt interventionist, does not listen and acts on prayers.
Few trillion years ago: Universe formed
2 Billion years ago: Earth formed
150 to 70million years ago: Dynosaurous came and became extinct
120,000 years ago: First Homo Sapiens (human) emerged from Africa
10,000 years ago: First settled civilization in small hutments began
6,000+ years ago: First known traces of religion emerged
2,000 years ago: Christianity emerged with dogma of every-one born-sinner
1,200 years ago: Islam formed (religion of peace? equality of women?)
In the long span of time, we live in a mid-size relatively younger galaxy, in a small solar system, on a mid-size planet. As a species, human are just another group of herding animal/mammals, and will eventually become extinct like score of other species. There is no higher purpose or special purpose pre-destined for human. Random chance creation in a wast universe. Purge the superstition and brain-damaging belief of religion.
Liberate oneself from falsehood. Only goal of life is to find happiness and peace. But superstition mustn’t be the answers. Wonder why people turn to long-dead medieval and dark age semi-fictional characters like paedophile prophets, wife deserter muni from nepal, B****D (virgin birth) massiah, kin-killers (mahabharta) for salvation. If fiction is religion then why not Harry Potter and Motu Patlu and Chanda Mama? Faith does not provide the answer, it merely stops one from asking the questions. Hail the human. Amen.
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Well, that is a nice message, but it seems you have made quite a lot of grammatical errors. However, what you say is right. Religion belongs squarely within the dustbin of history.
…furthermore the earth formed 4.6 billion years ago.
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