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JANNATI DARWAZA CHILLA BABA SAHIB AHATA-E-CHAMELI SAHIBZADI SAHIBA
CHAAR YAAR SHAHI GHAI QALANDARI MASJID ANCESTORS SHRINE

LANGER KHANA

DEGS (CAULDRONS)

(GATEWAY OF HEAVEN)

On the west of the tomb and marble screened enclosure, the Jannati Darwaza is situated, which has silver coated shutters. It is said that whosoever performs the act of crossing the gate towards the holy tomb and then walking along the said of the marble wall emerges into the open courtyard through the exit door on the south and then continuously the walk keep to the right reaches the Jannati Darwaza and repeat the performance six times (this gate should be crossed seven times only) is sure to secure a place for himself in heaven. These seven rounds should be at one stretch.
The story goes that the great devotee the Principle Khalifa and Successor, Hazrat Shaik Qutubuddin Baktiyar Kaki R.A. who had always held the feet of his peer-0-murshid as paradise itself in an ecstatic mood granted his boon to the gate. Any one irrespective of clan, creed and faith may perform the act of crossing the Darwaza seven times in succession and reap the benefit of the efficacy of the boon.
 
The Jannati Darwaza is opened four times a year. The details of opening are as under – 
1. From the 1st Rajjab to 6th Rajjab every year, while the Urs celebrations last.
2. On the Idul Fitar (Eid Day) from early morning to 2:30 P.M. of the day.
3. On the 6th day of Idul Fitar when the Urs Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Usman-e-Harooni, Peer-0-Murshid of Huzoor Gharib Nawaz. The gate is open part of the day only from early morning to 2:30 P.M.
4. On the 10th of Zilhijja the Jannati Darwaza is opened from early morning to 2:30 P.M. after Zohar Prayer.

The opening and closing of the Jannati Darwaza also is under the  control and direction of the Khadim-e-Khwaja.

 
(40 DAYS SECLUSION)

Just behing the Sandal Khana Mosque the Chilla (CELL or HUJRA) of Hazrat Baba Farid Ganj-e-Shakar is situated, where Baba Farid R.A. spent some time in contemplation and seclusion. The gate to the Chilla Sharif remains closed through out the year except for three days, 4th Moharram Sharif to 6th Moharram Sharif every year, when it is opened for Ziarat to all in the Chilla Sharif.
 

Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty and Hazrat Khwaja Kutubuddin Bakhtyar Kaki R.A. were together in the Hujra  (Cell or Chilla). Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty said to Hazrat Khwaja Kutubuddin Bakhtyar Kaki ‘O Bakhtyar how much longer will you burn that young man (Baba Farid) up with Spiritual Exercise? ‘You must reward him with something.’ Hazrat Khwaja Kutubuddin Bakhtyar Kaki answered, ‘What power do I have in front of you? ‘Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty announced, ‘This is your mureed (disciple).’
Then he stood up and suggested that they both gave him their blessings. So Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty stood on the right and Hazrat Khwaja Kutubuddin Bakhtyar Kaki on the left with side Baba Farid between them, and whatever blessings they had received they bestowed on him.
 

THE TWO SAINTS HAVE BESTOWED THE TWO WORLDS ON YOU.
YOU HAVE RECEIVED KINGSHIP FROM THESE KINGS OF THE AGE.
THE REALMS OF BOTH THIS AND THE OTHER WORLD BELONG TO YOU.
THE ENTIRE CREATION IN FACT HAS BEEN MADE OVER TO YOU.
 
 It is said that Hazrat Shaikh Baba Farid Ganj-e-Shakar is a descendent of Hazrat Umar Farooq-e-Azam R.A.A. the second Calipah of Hazrat Muhammed S.A.W. The father of Hazrat Shaikh Baba Farid Ganj-e-Shakar was Shaikh Jamaluddin Sulaiman who had also migrated from Ghazni. He lived and died at Patan near Gujranwala in Pakistan.
(AHATA-E-CHAMELI)

After passing through Sahan-e-Chirag there are two high doors in the middle of a row of small rooms. One of the doors is located in the east, which is the entrance to compound of Astana-e-Alia from where the Gumbad Sharif can be seen very clearly. 

On the left there is a small but very beautiful mosque of white marble called Aulia Masjid. On the right is located Masjid Sandal Khana. Adjacent to its northern corner is located Ahata-e-Chameli, where sacred shrines are located. These shrines and their wall are covered with Jasmine Shrubs. It is said these shrines belong to Bibi Asmat and bibi Ummatulla the holy wives of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty.

 
(SAHIBZADI SAHIBA)

The Mazar of Bibi Hafiz Jamal, daughter of Khwaja Sahib, is situated to the south of the Shrine.  There is a small dome with a kalas on top of it. The doors of this tomb are plated with silver. The two enclosures situated just outside the southern gate of the Shrine adjacent to the tomb of Bibi-Hafiz Jamal bear the graves of some of the early descendants.
The Holy Quran is recited by the devotees especially by ladies in these enclosures and the reward of this virtuous action is offered to the noble soul of Hazrat Khwaja Saheb. She was a very pious lady and had leaned Quran by heart at the age of 7. 
She was married to Sheikh Raziuddin son of Sultan-ul-Tarikin Hazrat Khawaja Hameed-ud-din Nagauri; a saintly dervish who lies buried at Nagaur in Jodhpur district.

 
(THE FOUR COMPANION)

The Char Yar is an enclosure containing  a number of small tombs, some of which are marble, and is so called from the fact that the remains of the four companions of Hazrat Khwaja Moiniuddin Chishty who are said to have come with Hazrat Khwaja Moiniuddin Chishty from Afghanistan to Ajmer Sharif lie buried in this enclosure.
The most important point is that it contains tombs of the Khadims. Even today the most prominent figures from the Khadim Community are laid to rest there.
The four companions of Hazrat Khwaja Moiniuddin Chishty who accompanied him settled down at Ajmer, died at Ajmer and lie buried in the enclosure are as follows – 
1.  Hazrat Imamuddin Bin Najmuddin Damishqi R.A. who died on 17th Rabiul Awwal 575 Hijri.
2. Hazrat Shah Nayaz-ulllah Bin Shafique Ahmed Khorasani who died on 13th Shaban 575 Hijri.
3. Hazrat Imam Ahmed Shahab Koofvi.
4. Hazrat Dood-u-ddin of Taif Sharif died on 605 Hijri.
(HAZRAT KHWAJA ABU SAYEED)

Khawaja Ziauddin Abu Sayeed, the 3rd son of Hazrat Khawaja Sahib. He was buried in the precincts of Khawaja Sahib's Dargah at Ajmer and died at the age of 50.

 
(ALSO KNOWN AS QALANDARI MASJD)

This is the first place where Khwaja Gharib Nawaz
stayed and performed namaz and immobilized the raja's camel.

This place is known as

 'AULIA MASJID'.

 
(THE ANCESTORS OF KHADIM-E-KHWAJA)

The mazar at of Hazrat Khwaja Faqurddin Gurdezi R.A. and his wife are located inside the Tosha Khana, adjacent to Begumi Dalan. Its door opens inside the Rauza-e-Munawwara. He was a close relative, Peer Bhai of Hazrat Khwaja Gharb Nawaz. The members of his generations are called Khuddam Syedzadgan who have a right to perform rituals and to extend services inside the Holy Shrine. The Urs Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Faqurddin Gurdezi R.A is celebrated on 25th and 26th of Rajjab.

"LANGAR - DEGS"

In emulation of their Shaikh, the Chishtis take to heart the hadith-
"If someone visits a living man and gets nothing from him to eat,
it is as if he had visited the dead."

Sufi Dervesh were never to eat alone, were to welcome anyone who joined their company, serve them with pleasure and patience, and offer even the smallest morsel of food to any person hungrier than themselves. For the Sufi, observance of adab forges links with a spiritual heritage. The extension of hospitality and sharing of meals offer opportunities to embody remembrance of God within traditions shared by generations of fellow travelers on the path.

Hazrat Junayd of Baghdad, who was known for his moderation and generosity. His house was a center where Sufis held meetings and often stayed as guests. When Shaikh of Khorasan came to Baghdad with eight dervishes, Junayd lodged them in his home for a full year, offering them every day fresh food, new clothes and perfumes.

When asked "What is worship?"
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, founder of the Chishti Order, responded,

To listen to the plight of the oppressed, to help the needy, and to fill the stomachs of the hungry. The man who does these three things may consider himself a friend of Allah. First he should have generosity like a river; secondly, kindness like the sun and, thirdly, humility like the earth. The man who is blessed is the man who is generous.

Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty became legendary for his embodiment of this philosophy. It is said that so many meals were cooked every day in his kitchen that every impoverished person in the whole city could eat until satisfied. His custom was continued by the Khadims— any surplus at Chishti khanqahs was distributed to visitors and the needy.
 

LANGER KHANA (FREE KITCHEN)

 A Langar Khana is the place in a Sufi Dargah where free food called Langar is distributed to all, and where food is prepared to be given to the poor.

Dargah Sharif distributes food to the destitute twice daily from the langar khana. Chishty foundation have always believed in distributing food to the needy whenever possible.  The medieval Chishty Khanqas kept open kitchens and this tradition in continued by the Ajmer Dargah Sharif and Khadims. The British Administration was clearly impressed by this aspect of the dargah sharif’s activities. The Rajputana District Gazetteer of 1904 reports that ordinary private charity in times of famine cannot much be continued upon to supplement government aid…. an exception is, perhaps, the institution attached to the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty at Ajmer, known as the Langar Khana, the only permanent poor-house in the district. Two mounds and six seers of grain with six seers of salt are cooked and distributed to all corners before day break in the morning, and the same quantity before five o’clock in the evening. Besides the 1,570 maunds of grain which are thus yearly consumed, 644 maunds are annually distributed to infirm women, widows and other deserving persons at their own houses.

[ During the monsoon floods which destroyed many houses around the Ajmer, during the Urs of 1976, the Khanqah of Dargah Sharif  fed and housed all those who found themselves without shelter after the devastation]

 The story goes that Emperor Akbar, like any other pilgrim devotee, once went to the Langar Khana in disguise to take food. Providentially, it was raining heavily, and Akbar unfortunately fell down on the floor as the ground was slippery. Contemplating over this mishap, Akbar decided that a pucca building to house the kitchen was needed in order to save such mishaps to others and as a result the present building came up.

 

"CAULDRONS (DEG)"
 

Bari Deg - It is located on the right side of Buland Darwaza inside Sahan-e-Chiragh Emperor Akbar pledged to visit Ajmer Sharif in 976 Hijra (1567 A.D.) on foot and presented a large cauldron if victorious in Chittaurgarh battle. So he kept his word after winning the battle. 4800 kg of food can be cooked in it and the cost comes to about 100,000/- Indian Rupees.

Chhoti Deg : It is located on the left side of Buland Darwaza inside Sahan-e-Chiragh. It was presented by Sultan Nooruddin Jahangir in 1013 Hijra. (1613 A.D.)

2400 kg of food can be cooked in it that approximately amount to 50,000/- Indian Rupees. 

Pilgrims to the shrine according to their ability and generosity propose to offer a deg. The smallest amount which can be given for the large deg is 80 maunds of rice, 28 maunds of ghee, 35 of sugar and 15 of almonds and raisins, besides saffron and other spices. The smaller deg exactly half the large one.

 Three list of the ingredients cooked in the deg reproduced that the food not always sweet rice. Meat was also used, but out of deference to Non-Mulsims devotees of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty and their vegetarian principles the practice of cooking meat was ended.

The prescribed rental fee for getting food cooked in the small deg is Rs 3572/-  and Rs 7390/- for big one, which is to be deposited in Dargah Sharif Office, without which cooking does not take place. Likewise the donar must be represented by a Wakil also called a Khadim, without whose representation cooking does not take place. A portion of the fee (Zar-e-Chaharrum) is paid to the Khadim by the Dargah Sharif.

All these Degs (Cauldrons) are cooked by Zaireen (pilgrims/devotees) who can afford to cook, Bavakalat (through) respective Khadims of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.

 If anyone of you has a plan to cook Degh at any time of the year, please let me know in advance, so that I may make the necessary arrangements required, as Degs (Cauldrons) are cooked all the year round. It can be cooked in your personal presence and also in your absence, on your behalf or any sort of Niyaz you want to cook other then Degs (Cauldrons).

 
 

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